Fashion Essentials to Nail the Coastal Aunt Aesthetic

We all know and adore the Coastal Grandma aesthetic, but there’s a new iteration of this summery style making waves on social media: the Coastal Aunt aesthetic. As you’d expect, it’s the slightly younger, more modern version that still embodies the beachy, vacation vibe that Coastal Grandma is known for. Even though I’m in New York City, a true urban setting, I can’t help but lean into the Coastal Aunt aesthetic on a daily basis. I’m in love with linen materials, nautical color palettes, and soft drapery – all essentials within this trend. If this sounds right up your alley, here are the 5 pieces you absolutely need to nail the Coastal Aunt aesthetic.

Fashion blogger Kaye Bassey wearing a Zimmerman midi dress and nude sandals from Dolce Vita to channel Coastal Aunt Aesthetic

Fashion Essentials to Nail the Coastal Aunt Aesthetic


Mob wife winter is done, and coastal auntie is in this summer! Get ready for drop waist skirts and bubble skirts. Are you excited for the outfits this summer? 🌊✨ 🐚 #SummerStyle #FashionTrends #coastalchic #coastalauntie #summervibes

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Drop Waist Dresses

This season has been all about the romantic drop waist dress and it just so happens to be right on-trend with the coastal aunt aesthetic. After all, the idea behind this look is that you are imagining what your cooler, well-traveled aunt would be wearing on the Amalfi Coast and I can think of no better alternative than a stunningly gorgeous drop waist one-piece. I suggest sticking to lighter color palettes but if you want more of a contrast this two-tone black and cream dress is to die for.


In true coastal fashion, stripes are a no-brainer addition to your summertime wardrobe. This timeless pattern exudes vacation-ready vibes, especially in a classic navy and cream color combination. From relaxed trousers to breezy button-up tops, stripes elevate every silhouette and style, ensuring you always look effortlessly chic.

Smocked Maxi Dress

Aside from the aforementioned drop waist dress, the other one-piece I recommend is the smocked maxi dress. This is simply a longer dress with a flowy, voluminous shape that is crafted from lightweight material. It’s one of the best ways to beat the heat while remaining undeniably stylish. From poolside hangs to candlelit dinners, your newly acquired smocked maxi dress will become your best friend.

Linen Separates

Wearing linen separates is essential for nailing the Coastal Aunt aesthetic. The lightweight, breathable fabric keeps you cool and comfortable while exuding effortless elegance. Pair a linen blouse with high-waisted shorts for a casual yet polished look, or opt for wide-leg linen trousers and a cropped top for a more refined ensemble. The natural texture and relaxed fit of linen pieces perfectly capture the laid-back, beachy vibe of the Coastal Aunt style.

Minimal Sandals & Straw Bags

Finally, you’ll need the appropriate accessories to add the final touches to all of these pieces. Don’t think twice about getting any other bag than a straw or raffia handbag! Regardless of your desire to cater to the coastal aesthetic, this textured accessory is a perennial summer must-have. Additionally, look for minimal leather sandals or flip flops if you are looking for effortless shoes to go with almost any look.


What are your thoughts on the coastal aunt aesthetic? 🥥🐚🦪☀️


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