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I was a freshman in college the year Something's Gotta Give came out, and I vividly remember my 18-year-old self vowing to attain the "coastal grandmother" aesthetic someday. You know the style—Diane Keaton's white and neutral-toned sweaters, oversized-yet-perfectly-tailored button-downs, the whole Nancy Meyers kit and caboodle. (What can I say? I've embodied the spirit of a chic grandma my entire life.)
Finally, finally, this style is having A Moment. The best part is you don't have to be a grandmother to pull it off! Though I must say, I love it that we're associating "grandma" with "stylish" and "trendy" because you don't just become a fashionless frump as you age.
You've probably noticed that TikTok and Instagram have been paying homage to the trend for weeks. Influencers and regular ol' normies have been giving Diane Keaton cosplay left and right, and it's everything. It's also the perfect time of year to give this trend your best shot, which is why there is a variety of Effortlessly Chic Woman By The Shore clothes and accessories found at the end of this article.
What is the "coastal grandmother," style you ask?
It's linen shirts and/or pants. It's lightweight cable-knit sweaters. It's striped boatneck tops. It's straw hats and rattan bags and leather-and-cork slides. It's billowy dresses with chunky jewelry and a contrasting blazer. It's crisp button-downs with the cuffs rolled up. It's pretending you're the type of woman who always has freshly-cut flowers on display and can wear white without spilling on it.
It's what Donna Karan's Cashmere Mist perfume would be if it were a sentient being.
This viral TikTok by Lex Nicoleta perfectly explains the coastal grandmother style and the entire vibe surrounding it.
The best part about it is you don't need a house in the Hamptons to look like you have a house in the Hamptons. (See Ina? If we save our money on store-bought vanilla, we can spend it on chunky, off-the-shoulder summer sweaters and wholesale handbags.)
There's even a Spotify playlist dedicated to this cultural moment in time:
You know what goes great with this playlist? A little online shopping. (A dash of chilled pinot grigio in an oversized stemless wine glass is preferred, but optional.)
Below, find the perfect pieces of coastal grandmother fashion and even some home accessories to get on board with the Nancy Meyers/Diane Keaton/Meryl Streep vibe.