Coastal Grandma Style is a big trend right now for women of all ages. Read what the trend is about, and what it builds upon before you jump the bandwagon.
- What Is the Background of Coastal Grandma Style?
- Why Did the Coastal Grandma Style Become a Trend?
- Adopting the Style of the Rich Has a Long History
- How to Have Coastal Grandma Style
- My Coastal Chic
- Stylish Monday June Coastal Chic
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What Is the Background of Coastal Grandma Style?
Coastal Grandmother Style builds on the clean, classic style of wealthy midlife women living close to the ocean. Like often in fashion history, a minority group dresses to distinguish themselves from the mainstream. However, in contrast to most fashion tribes, this time, the tribe consists of the rich women of the Baby-boomers and Gen X. More on fashion tribes.
Why Did the Coastal Grandma Style Become a Trend?
It’s all about money. Who wouldn’t love to live in a house at the ocean, be Rich, able to buy high quality clothing, and have servants? In the eyes of middle or working class women, who have to juggle their household, kids, job, and have to save for a week of beach vacation, these privileged women seam to be on vacation year round.
While Jane Doe can’t afford a waterfront property like these ladies, she wants at least dress like them. Therefore, retailers offer inexpensive versions of the Rich women’s style. Consequently, the personal style of a minority has become the fashion for the mainstream.
Adopting the Style of the Rich Has a Long History
In Europe, for instance, people had to dress according to their class. Of course, people wanted to pretend to belong to a higher class by wearing their clothes. To protect the Rich’s everyday luxe sumptuary laws prohibited the lower classes to dress like the upper classes, and the Nobility.
Another example is Americans’ wearing white in summer. Like the current Coastal Grandma Style, wearing white also goes back to the dressing behavior of rich American women.
How to Have Coastal Grandma Style
This style is all about comfort and being effortlessly stylish without trying too hard. To create the look from pieces in your own closet, search for a dress or jumpsuit in a simple, classic cut. Ideally, the piece should be loose for comfort, but not too loose to look frumpy. Think posh casual, preppy style. On rainy days, wear your outfit with an upscale waterproof (athleisure) jacket.
Add comfortable, but chic flat sandals, slides, sling backs, or mules. The heel should not be higher than an inch-and-a-half (3.81 cm).
Your bag and accessories should look real, elegant, minimalist style. Read look expensive. To achieve the effortlessly stylish vibe, less is more when it comes to accessories. More on looking effortlessly chic.
Outfit details: Maxi dress upcycled from men’s silk shirts, Ray Ban sunglasses, Liz Claiborne straw hat, Vionic orthotics slides (this year’s version), watch c/o Nordgreen (Get 15% off with my discount code HLSTYLE).
My Coastal Chic
Of course, what I wear at the coast depends on the weather, location, season, and activity. When I lived in Europe, I loved visiting my parents in Dirkshorn, The Netherlands on weekend with cloudy weather in the forecast. A yellow hooded raincoat, jeans, rubber boots, and a sweater are perfect to walk on the lonely beach, watch the waves and clouds, inhale the salty air.
Stylish Monday Coastal Chic
The collage below shows the interpretation of coastal chic from the hostesses of Stylish Monday. Visit their blogs for more looks, and read what they think about the trend.
Photos of me: G. Kramm
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