Coastal Chic-Stylish Monday

collage of Stylish Monday women

What a theme. It also sparked some fun discussion. I really have to delve into this style, a style that I don’t like at all. And the name alone. Coastal chic, or as the trend is known, coastal grandmother style, does feel a bit old-fashioned, doesn’t it? But it seems to be about romanticizing your life, enjoying all the little things. Wear what you feel comfortable in. But then apparently with a bit of the coast in it.

Stylish Monday is created out of a Facebook group of Life and Style bloggers. Every month we interpret a theme in our own way, fashionable wise of course. It’s a fun way to be creative with clothing and accessories. And to see how other women interpret a theme chosen by someone else. It is a fabulous fashionable way to create something beautiful with other bloggers. 

My coastal chic style.

My coastal chic

Well I don’t live near the coast, and if I’m on the coast it’s in England. And I’ll tell you I’ve never seen anyone walking there in the coastal chic style, more a raincoat and Hunters style. I think you should think more of the California coast then. And warm neutrals, trousers with elastic at the waist and especially comfortable…….you hear it, I’m really not a fan of it. Maybe my fashion friends can make me change my mind.

Coastal chic, how my fashionfriends wear it!

Julie of Fashion Trends and Friends

blue and white dress with wicker bag and hat

If you follow me, you know that I love all the bright colors, more is better and unique pieces call my name! Therefore, when this theme was decided on, I was quick to bow out. Not sure why I tend to do that but I always rethink my decision and like pushing myself to try new styles, and new things I wouldn’t normally wear or pick out without a little nudge! So here is my spin on this Tik Toc originated trend!


Nicole of High Latitude Style

The new Tiktok trend

Coastal Chic depends on so much more than just personal style. Consequently, there is no one-fits-most solution. Factors like ocean and air temperatures, color and type of the beach, weather, time of the year, culture, location, your activities, etc. play a role. When living in Europe, I loved long beach walks in The Netherlands in fall on a windy day with gray skies. My typical outfit was a yellow men’s rain jacket with hood, jeans, and rubber boots.


Emma of The Style Splash

coastal chic trend

Coastal Chic is pretty much the antithesis of my style –  neutrals, linen and minimalism are my kryptonite. But I love a challenge, so I adapted this trend of the moment to suit my style.


Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge

fashion blogger in coastal chic style

Coastal Chic: Want to try a new style trend on a budget? Check out my mostly thrifted outfit that brought this trend to life for me without breaking the bank!


Amy of Amy’s Creative Pursuits

neutral colours outfit

There are so many different ways one can embrace the coastal trend, my favorite is the classic, neutral look where you mix different shades of whites, creams, and beiges in one outfit.

Suzanne of Ask Suzanne Bell

fashionbloggers series

For me, “Coastal Grandma” is less of a style (look), and more of an aesthetic, one we’ve been embracing in our Coastal Communities, unaware that we were trending. Think Oprah, Ina Garten, Martha Stewart, or my personal favorite, Diane Keaton, who by the way, was 56 years YOUNG, when she filmed the movie Something’s Gotta Give. The best part? You don’t have to be a grandmother, or live in a coastal community to try out this look. Furthermore, there’s a good chance you can recreate a Coastal Chic look, with items you already own in your closet! 


Andy of Pearls and Pantsuits

coastal chic

Coastal Chic, or “Coastal Grandmother” as the TikTok crowd calls it, is a whole vibe, and I’m so here for it! I’m a sucker for linen pants, so my take on the trend consists of a comfy pair of linen pants from Target, paired with a breezy chambray tunic from Chico’s. I added the straw bucket hat as an homage to the OG Coastal Grandmothers – Meryl Streep and Diane Keaton. 


Nina of Sharing a Journey

Coastal chic style

While I am not keen on the “Grandma” in the title, I love coastal chic vibes in clothing, lifestyle and interiors.  Coastal Chic is for everyone and can be created from our wardrobes –no need to go out and buy anything new!


Ada of Elegance and Mommyhood

fashion blogger in beach look

The Coastal Grandma trend has a silly name which is kind of offensive and ageist but what the trend means itself is indeed beautiful. To me – and I am nowhere close to being a grandma – it stands for effortless breezy summer looks that you would wear by the coast on a beach, especially in blues and whites (the color of sea and sand), floppy hats, sunglasses, sandals, flip flops & wedges. I chose this beachy look from my Florida vacation because it is perfect for the coast and the beautiful neutral crochet dress reminds me of grandmas.

Lucy of Lucy 

Coastal chic

The coastal look involves lots of light colours.  Light pastels look great at this time of the year, as do bright colours (take yellow for instance!). The important thing is to keep the fabric light- preferably cottons, linens, silks, muslins…you get the picture.  The whole essence of this vibe is based on the lightness of the fabric, so that the draping is airy and moves with your flow. For today’s collaboration I chose this light pink striped dress with ruffled collar/sleeves.


I will be back this Friday with more of coastal grandmother style and my very honest opinion! 

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  1. Tina von Tinaspinkfriday
    13th June 2022 / 18:22

    Nancy you did a great job! you look fabulous in this style. I am in love with it. πŸ’•
    I wish you a wonderful monday

    • nancy
      13th June 2022 / 18:22

      Really? I would think this is not your cup of tea either!

    • nancy
      13th June 2022 / 18:22

      Thank you!

  2. 13th June 2022 / 18:22

    Gahhhh…I love tis outfit on you, Nancy! These jeans are adorable and you totally nailed the coastal theme even though you hate it. So did any of us manage to change your mind about this style trend?


  3. 13th June 2022 / 18:22

    So cute outfits!!!

    Love and Wellness

  4. 13th June 2022 / 18:22

    Well you may not like the style, but it certainly suits you. You look fabulous!

    • nancy
      13th June 2022 / 18:22

      Thank you Amy!

    • nancy
      13th June 2022 / 18:22

      Thank you very much Michelle!

  5. 13th June 2022 / 18:22

    What could be more appropriate for the first month of Summer than some Coastal Chic! Although you are right about the “dresscode” at the English coast πŸ™‚ “Coastal Grandmother”, however, what a silly term … who invents such silliness I often wonder. I’m loving Nina’s dress and Andy’s blouse in particular. And even if it’s not your usual style, I am quite partial to a Breton striped top. I’ve packed several for our UK holiday, and we’re not even near the coast! xxx

    • nancy
      14th June 2022 / 18:22

      I like a Breton stripe too, it always gives me a holiday feel!

  6. 13th June 2022 / 18:22

    I wish we’d get some warm weather so I could wear light and breezy clothes like this! I’m still wearing coats!

    I don’t like the term “grandma” or “granny” to describe any style – it is ageist and implies that women have to dress a certain way after a certain age. I have used “granny chic” myself in the past (my own internalized ageism!) but no longer do. Coastal chic is a much more appropriate term.

    Thanks so much for the link-party!

    • nancy
      14th June 2022 / 18:22

      I have a post about the name this Friday, I hate it!

  7. 13th June 2022 / 18:22

    Looking very relaxed and happy! Great to see you in jeans!

    Emma xxx

    • nancy
      14th June 2022 / 18:22

      Noooo, don’t say that! Lol.

  8. 14th June 2022 / 18:22

    Everyone seems to be grumbling about the name of this trend or look but at the same time, everyone knocked it out of the ballpark with their interpretation. I would love to be able to wear looser fitting clothes but I feel like with my large chest, I need structure in my clothing otherwise everything just sticks out from the chest down. Nina’s dress is smashing. Might be able to pull it off with a strapless bra. I think everyone picked up on the breezy, light feeling coastal chic looks exude.

    • nancy
      14th June 2022 / 18:22

      Thank you very much Leslie!

  9. 14th June 2022 / 18:22

    Hey Nancy, I know you are not a fan of this trend, but I really like this look on you! Yes, it’s more casual than you usually go for – but you sure nailed it!

    • nancy
      14th June 2022 / 18:22

      Oh thank you Suzanne, I tried my best!

  10. 15th June 2022 / 18:22

    I would love to live on the coast and I’m a granny so maybe I could pull the look off! But, I don’t think I could afford to live on a beach anyway! Thanks for the link party, Nancy!

    • nancy
      15th June 2022 / 18:22

      I wished I lived near the sea too! Would be fantastic!

  11. 16th June 2022 / 18:22

    Nancy, the CG aesthetic does seem to be more geared towards warmer climates but I think that there is still a way for it to work in cooler ones with chunky knits and flowy layers in lighter tones. In any case, you’ve done a fabulous job of pulling together a look that fits the trends.


    • nancy
      16th June 2022 / 18:22

      Thanks Rena, but I am not a fan of this trend.

  12. Jodie Filogomo
    16th June 2022 / 18:22

    This is one of those prompts that I might have trouble with, haha. But I love how you put it together.

    • nancy
      17th June 2022 / 18:22

      Thanks Jodie!

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