What to Wear This Fall if Your Vibe is ‘Coastal Grandmother’

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Through all the trends we’ve seen in the past year, only a few have solidified themselves as ones that are here to stay. We can confidently say that coastal aesthetics have reigned superior, being reimagined through the seasons as the weather changes, proving that coastal grandmothers know no (stylistic) bounds.

The coastal grandma trend is precisely what it sounds like: Diane Keaton walking down the beach in a Nancy Meyers movie wearing linen pants with a cardigan draped over her shoulders. It’s striped, a bit nautical, and perfect for a woman who prioritizes comfort and chicness but never one over the other.

Ultimately, the coastal grandmother aesthetic thrives in the fall—as do most fashion trends. There’s nothing quite like pretending you’re in a quaint New England beach town, with a cozy vest on and billowing sleeves. Looking to transport yourself there this season? Check out these fall-inspired coastal grandmother picks below.



Cashmere Vest

If you don't have any sweater vests in your closet yet, consider this your sign to buy one. This cable knit cashmere vest from J.Crew screams coastal grandmother in the best possible way.

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Reversible Puffer Vest

We're loving the quilted trend that's happening this fall, and this quilted puffer vest is guaranteed to keep you warm on those not-too-warm, not-too-cool transitional fall days.

2 colors available


Denim Vest

This denim vest pairs perfectly with a breezy pair of relaxed trousers or unbuttoned over a cozy knit sweater.


Boxy Oxford Button-Up

When in doubt, wear your white button-up. This boxy button-up is one of our Fashion Editor's favorites due to its quality and impeccable fit.

6 colors available

Abercrombie & Fitch

Oversized Waffle Tee

Waffle knits are the ultimate basic to buy for fall, and this oversized, long-sleeve is ideal for quick trips to the store with a pair of jeans and clogs or weekends lounging on the couch with a Nancy Meyers movie on.

4 colors available


Ribbed Turtleneck

Looking for a turtleneck to return to every season? This is the one. This ribbed sweater can be paired with jeans for an easy fall uniform you'll wear on repeat.

4 colors available


Striped Pullover Sweater

You can't have coastal vibes without a striped sweater. Stripes are considered a neutral for us at this point, and this pullover from Madewell is cozy for any occasion.


Tie-Back Cashmere Sweater

A secret bow? Yes, please. This cashmere sweater ties in the back with a pretty little bow, proving that it really is all in the details.

4 colors available


Denim Button-Up

We're wearing denim everywhere this fall, including on our torsos. This denim button-up comes in a dark wash and is chic worn on its own or as an added layer.

Abercrombie & Fitch

Tailored Jeans

They're jeans that look like trousers. What more could we ask for? Light-colored denim is a coastal grandmother essential, and these tailored jeans check all the boxes in our book. Imagine them with a striped sweater and clogs. *Chef's kiss*

2 colors available


Sailor Chino Pants

J.Crew chinos are a coastal grandmother classic, and this colorway compliments all the shades of blue, white, and brown that go with the aesthetic.

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Lounge Trousers

If you loved the boxer trend this summer, continue it on into fall and winter with these lounge trousers. They're effortless and comfortable, but a level up from sweats and leggings.


Knitted Skirt

Anything knitted screams coastal grandmother, and this knitted skirt is a wardrobe staple if we've ever seen one.


Quilted Floral Jacket

A quilted floral jacket is the epitome of the coastal grandmother aesthetic. Pair it with jeans, a tee, and your favorite sneakers for a relaxed outfit for all your fall weekends.


Quilted Jacket

Ready to take your coastal grandmother look to the next level? This quilted jacket is ready to be worn while sipping hot coffee on the porch or while browsing in a local bookshop.

2 colors available

Vince Camuto

Leather Tote Bag

One thing a coastal grandmother is always going to have is a tote. Elevate your farmer's market game with a leather tote to hold your fall produce and purse candy.

2 colors available


Denim Crescent Bag

A denim purse. Need we say more? The ultimate neutral now sits delicately on your shoulder with a leather-strap detail.


Monogrammed Crossbody Bag

The only thing better than a cute leather handbag is one that can be monogrammed. This crossbody bag from Zara is essential for any day you're on the go.

2 colors available

G.H. Bass

Tassel Loafers

An ultimate classic, G.H. Bass loafers have withstood the test of time for a reason. Live your coastal grandmother fantasies with this sturdy pair of loafers.

4 colors available


Bow Ballet Flats

The ballet flat trend was made for the coastal grandmother aesthetic. In our opinion, you can't go wrong with anything with a bow on it—especially a pair of classic flats like these.

3 colors available


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