Who knew!! Grandma’s look is a top fashion trend.
As I understand it, Coastal Grandma refers to the comfort-loving style of some affluent, middle-aged women who have retired to the upscale New England coastal areas. Think The Hamptons! Or Nantucket. Or Martha’s Vineyard. Their style is WASP-chic (in my opinion) without compromising on comfort. I’ll assume that these women did their part in younger days in making inroads in a working world dominated by men. They did it in skirt suits and high heels — now that the granddaughters are reaping the rewards at workplaces, grandma wants to be left alone to live in her coastal home in comfortably chic clothing.
And now, the granddaughters are embracing their Hampton grandma’s style. Is it because the anxiety of the last 2 years has pushed the young ones to discover the comforts of Grammie’s life, including her sartorial choices? Some non-coastals might say this kind of wardrobe choice has always been their gig; well, it now has a name. Also, is it just me, or this style is a natural evolution of the Annie Hall look? Looks like Annie doffed her menswear vest, untucked her button down shirt, donned a white cardigan, replaced the tie with a drapey scarf.
The look is airy, loose but not baggy, skewing towards light beige, ecru and white with a touch of light blue. Preferred fabrics for Coastal Grandmas are linen. Denims, too because coastals love their jeans and khakis as long as they’re white or light tan, on the looser side; no skinny jeans, please. Well, maybe soft leggings for yoga?
And, that classic white or ecru button down shirt! Whether it’s tucked in or not, it’s a go-to for the Coastal Grammie. Add to that the hand knit longish cardigan, a brimmed hat, tan loafers or slides, straw handbag and a mesh shopping bag (for farmer’s market shopping), you’ve got the basic Coastal Nana look down. Touches of blue such as a chambray shirt can add a soft touch of color while staying in the same aesthetic lane. Do you agree?
Each time a fashion trend pops up — I dive into my closest and fabric stash. Here we go again….
What exactly inspired the Coastal Grandma trend in fashion? Apparently, a creator on Tik Tok explained this style and named it “Coastal Grandma”. Also apparently (because I haven’t watched it) the same vibes are perfectly depicted in the 2003 movie “Something’s Gotta Give”, and other movies directed by Nancy Meyers (e.g. “It’s Complicated”). I’m also told that Ina Garten, star and chef of the Food Network’s “The Barefoot Contessa” fame is also an inspiration. So is Oprah. Martha Stewart lives in Maine and I consider her the original Coastal Grandma; she fits certainly fits the profile but in a recent interview Martha didn’t think she did.
Grandma friends, if you’re reading this and actually live in the above mentioned New England coastal areas, let us know what you really wear around the place. Or, if you’re two generations behind, is your Nana’s closet worth raiding?
A Florida edition of Coastal Grandma would be good to explore, or a Pacific coast edition. How about a Gulf Coast edition?
Now, a trend called Fancy Grandma is popping up. What? Is Nana adding a touch of sequins and arty clothes to her look??
Until the next blog post (hopefully soon), have a great summer!