Pick and Play!
Hello, Reader Dear!
I hope you are having a wonderful day. I’m typing after booster number two and don’t know how long I’ll be hanging in here. The last one did me a doozy. I’m hoping for a smoother ride this time…
I was doing a quick Q&A online the other evening in the Style Splash group and one of the ladies asked about the Coastal Grandma style phenomenon.
I might say phenomena, because there are myriad Costal Grandmas out there.
And CG style isn’t limited to grandmas.
All ages of women are rocking the Costal Grandma vibe! No AARP card required.
So what does Costal Grandma style look like?
I think of it as Elegant Chic or Classic meets super Relaxed. Imagine Diane Keaton visiting Frankie & Grace. The director Nancy Meyers is credited with cementing this casual luxe look in her movies, but it’s been around for generations. (Lauren Hutton, anyone?)
Think Hamptons, Mackinac Island, SoCal, Outer Banks. Lots of blue, white, grey and khaki. Loose, relaxed fits, luxe natural fibers, rolled up sleeves. Broken in but never worn out. Clean faces, sunscreen, simple jewelry. Comfortable shoes for sure. Easy hair.
Let’s mix and match to build a Costal Grandma look! Note: Costal Grandmas are not limited to the beach! We see them in the city, the suburbs and the mountains. She’s everywhere.
Choose a Bottom
In my closet, I have cropped white jeans and my frayed Levis. Imagine a pair of loose linen pants or khakis in the empty space next to the jeans. I don’t have those, hence the empty space! You can add an easy dress, shorts or a denim skirt here, too! Just stay in that sand, rock and beachy palette.
Choose a Top
I pulled a chambray tunic, my white cotton easy-fitting top and a tencel denim shirt. Tencel is super CG! It’s a soft, drapey natural fiber. If I had a sleeveless top to add, that would be fabulous! Roll the sleeves. She’s casual. Stripes are CG. Plaid? Less so. Gingham? For sure.
My loose white linen shirt would be here if it weren’t in the laundry!
Slip into Shoes
Comfort is KEY. Costal Grandma isn’t wearing anything that doesn’t feel good. Here’s what I had in my closet. You might choose driving shoes, alpargatas, Birks, a tailored slide or leather flip-flops. (Leave the rubber ones for the shower.) How about those Jack Rogers? They work, too!
A bucket hat is the quintessential Costal Grandma headcovering, straw runs a close second. Keep the jewelry simple. Freshwater pearls, natural stones, choose the metal that loves you most, silver, gold or rose gold.
A bike with a basket would go well here, too!
Grab a Bag
A straw tote is perfect for the farmer’s market and the beach. I also pulled a blue leather bucket bag and a small crossbody. CG wants easy. I could also see her with the classic Longchamps Le Pliage, a great canvas tote or a cute net bag. Whatever she chooses, she’s not precious about it.
And a Topper
Because those ocean breezes can be chilly. A cashmere wrap, poncho or ruana fits right in here, too!
Shop Costal Grandma
You can find Costal Grandma vibe shopping everywhere from Old Navy and Target to Nordstrom! The Gap, J Jill, Coldwater Creek and Garnet Hill are super CG.
How About You?
Does the Costal Grandma vibe call to you? What elements? The colors? The fabrics? Fit? The shoes or accessories? If it doesn’t, what is missing? Do you think you could pull together a Costal Grandma look from what you own? (I bet you can!) What would your CG look recipe be? Do tell! I love to hear from you…
PS: My Costal Grandma recipe might be White on White… But from this Pick and Play? White Jeans + Chambray Tunic + Grey Flatforms + Straw Hat + Grey Pashmina + Straw Tote. No other topper needed. No ocean breeze here, just humid and more humid. But I’ll look cool and breezy!