Living in North Carolina is a wonderful thing. We have four distinctive seasons and great fashions to match each one of them. But anyone who’s lived here for any length of time knows that summer can bring its own set of fashion challenges, and we wanted to help you just in time for this year’s heat arrival!
- You’re going to be hot. If you live in North Carolina during the summer, you can pretty much count on temperatures in the 80s and 90s every day. This is the season for light sundresses, linen separates, and breathable fabrics to keep you comfortable. If you’re going to be out in the sun, you might want to avoid dark colors because they absorb the heat of the sun. But if you’re wearing a sundress, don’t forget extra sunscreen on your shoulders, back, and chest!
- Corollary to #1: you’re going to be freezing if you go inside. The good news is that you can cool off in almost any North Carolina building during the summer. The bad news is that you might cool off a little too much because restaurants and stores often have their air conditioning turned down to the low 60s to keep the building cool. Always carry a light sweater or jacket to use, if needed, inside during a North Carolina summer.
- Chafing: the struggle is real. With humidity averaging 90 percent in the summer, it can be almost impossible to walk in a skirt without your legs chafing. Bike-short-style lingerie eliminates the problem, or you can keep a stash of powder handy to keep things cool and dry. Some people also swear by athletic anti-chafing balms like Bodyglide when they plan to walk a lot.
- Days blend into nights at the beach. North Carolina is blessed with miles of beautiful coastline, where locals and tourists can soak up the sun by day and enjoy the boardwalks at night. But what to wear to go from day to night? A simple shift or maxi dress looks great on the beach and in bars, restaurants, or other beach venues.
- You have to embrace the heat. North Carolina in the summer is not for perfect makeup, constricting clothes, and impeccably smooth hair. Let loose and enjoy!