How to Dress Like a Coastal Grandmother (It's My Whole Summer Aesthetic)

There’s no doubt about it, TikTok is responsible for many micro fashion trends, including the return of all things Y2K—from mini skirts to butterfly prints. Recently, though, there’s an aesthetic taking over that so many of us are already on board with, without even realising, enter: “Coastal Grandmother”. More than just a look, this trend has become an entire vibe for summer. Inspired by wealthy, middle-aged women—think Diane Keaton in Something’s Gotta Give—and you’ll get the outfit part sorted.

We’re talking linen button-down shirts, matching white linen wide-leg trousers or jeans teamed with practical accessories including oversized tote bags (to carry refreshments), sun hats, and comfy yet chic easy-to-walk-in sandals. Of course you would also take a classic cashmere jumper or cardigan to shoulder robe. 

Expect your hobbies to include finding a nook to read your most recent book, taking seaside strolls to a seafood restaurant for lunch with friends and preparing meals for all the family, all while dressed in white linen, naturally. Sound divine? Keep scrolling to see how our fashion friends are embracing their inner coastal grandma and the 6 items you need to try it for yourself.

Ways To Wear The Coastal Grandmother Aesthetic

Abisola wearing white trousers and beige cardigan



Style Notes: Abisola even captioned this pic "Coastal Grandma" and made her birthday party guests aware this was the theme. It's all about the linen trousers and cardigan combo for us. 

Style Notes: Looking as chic as ever, Rachael styles her Anine Bing comfy trousers with Fisherman sandals and shoulder-robes a cardigan. A rich grandmother would never leave the house without layers. 

Anouk wearing white shirt and tailored trousers



Style Notes: The only thing that would complete this crisp white shirt, tailored rousers and Hermes sandals look is a yacht. Wardrobe staples never fail. 

Monikh wearing flat sandals and straw bag



Style Notes: Floaty linen dresses are a coastal grandmother staple, and Monikh styles hers with a practical jacket and sandals. Of course she has a giant tote bag to carry all the essentials, too. 

5 Items To Achieve The Look

1. Linen Shirt 

Grab in a size up for a slouchy fit. 

A coastal grandmother would invest in a good-quality white shirt. 

Tie a fine knit jumper over your shoulders. 

To wear with white linen trousers and sliders. 

2. Comfy Sandals 

I've seen so many people wearing these. 

Raffia sandals to go with a matching bag.

3. Classic Knitwear

It's made from 100% traceable superfine wool. 

M&S is of course a prime place for classy basics. 

Of course this would be worn as a top-to-toe tonal look. 

4. Sun Hats

You'll appreciate the fact it's reversible.

To wear with a full linen look and comfy sandals, of course. 

Just throw on a sundress and strappy sandals and take a cardigan in case it gets chilly. 

5. White Trousers or Jeans

You'll definitely want to style this as co-rd with Fisherman sandals. 

Cropped jeans are the practical pair coastal grandmothers love. 

6. Tote Bag

Tie a silk scarf around the handle. 

The ideal beach or city carry-everything bag. 

A bag big enough to carry, well, absolutely everything.