Tik Tok influencer Lex Nicoleta first used the term “coastal grandmother” to refer to a relaxed, elevated way of living and dressing. Long before the aesthetic took the design world by storm, I found the style to be the perfect fit for my retirement years. I’ve been building a classic wardrobe made up of mostly neutral colors for more than five years. Getting dressed for any occasion has never been so easy. I feel confident and appropriate no matter the event.
This is an often worn, relaxed, staying-at-home, doing chores look. The oxford shirt is from L.L. Bean here, and the slim ankle jeans are from Talbots here.
Other than wearing classic, well-made basics, the coastal grandmother style aesthetic includes less makeup, comfortable but stylish shoes, and a wash-and-go natural hairstyle. Even though the styles may be relaxed and classic, the details include higher quality, modern styling, and unfussy elegance.
When I saw the movie “Something’s Gotta Give” a few years ago, I fell head over heels for the style aesthetic of the movie set and the wardrobes. Someday, I may live in a cottage near the beach with white slipcovered sofas, but for now, I’m happy living by the lake. So a more appropriate label for my style might be Lakeside Retiree. Here are a few more photos of the views from the home I now share with Mr. Mickey.