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“Coastal Grandma” Clothing Essentials To Pair With A Glass Of Wine

It’s not just a look, it’s a lifestyle.

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I’ll let you in on a little secret: the “coastal grandma” aesthetic that’s gone viral on TikTok doesn’t actually have anything to do with living by the sea or even being a grandmother. Even 29-year-old Texans can identify as such — it just comes down to the clothing and the mindset.

Drawing inspiration from early-aughts Nancy Meyers’ romcoms, prime examples of the trend include everything Diane Keaton wore in Something’s Gotta Give and Meryl Streep’s wardrobe in It’s Complicated. See also: Grace and Frankie and anything Kelly Bishop wore in Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life.

Being a coastal grandma basically equates to wearing outfits consisting of turtlenecks in soft hues, flowing linen pants, oversized button-down shirts, romantic sundresses, and toile prints (see: Gigi Hadid’s new cottagecore Frankies Bikinis collection). If you’re looking to achieve this look, you should also probably (definitely) own a straw sun hat, a Breton striped tee, and a closetful of beachy sandals.

That said, Lex Nicoleta, the TikToker who coined the trend, says that getting the coastal gran vibe is also about the ambiance of your life. Think: gardening, Hot Girl walks, homemade pasta, and fresh flowers from the farmers market.

Now, to help you get the coastal grandma closet of your dreams, we’ve curated a list of essentials to shop ahead. No thanks are necessary, but they are welcome.

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Layer this chunky cardigan over a white tee for premium coastal grandma vibes.

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A neutral, minimalistic sandal is another key to unlocking that cool, gma style. This strappy nude pair is exactly the type of style you should be going for.

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TBH, this whole look is the epitome of coastal grandma. It’s soft and drapey, but would look so chic dressed-up with elegant gold jewelry.

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You really can’t go wrong with a flowy maxi dress. The ruffled detailing will blow elegantly in the summer breeze, giving big CGE (costal grandma energy).

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If Chanel’s summer 2022 runway is any indication, belted swimwear is back in style. And I’m pretty sure this blue and white striped one-piece would be Lex Nicoleta-approved.

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Coastal grandmas always have a straw bucket hat on hand. Sun damage is anti-CGE.

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This simple linen V-neck button-down is a fab coastal granny staple. Wear it buttoned up with boyfriend jeans or unbuttoned over a bikini top for a stroll on the beach.

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A blue and white striped top is vital to this aesthetic. Pair with jeans or cut-offs, depending on the weather, and boom! You’re a coastal f*ckin’ grandma.

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These cozy joggers are ideal for when you just want to be ultra comfy and curl up with a cup of tea and a Diane Keaton flick.

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Add these sunnies to your rotation and you’re set.

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A crisp cotton poplin tank like this one is a no-fail when it comes to the CG aesthetic.

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Yes. yes. And yes. That’s all I have to say.

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This romantic, floral dress is perfect for when you might have a more formal occasion this summer. A fancy date or dinner party? Perfect.

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On chilly summer nights, slip into this cozy, oversized turtleneck, made of 100% cashmere.

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“I’m a luxury few can afford.” — coastal grandmas

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These chic, white linen pants are a necessary item in the starter pack (to be accompanied with white wine only).