May lookbook (What I wore in Interior Alaska)
Cami silver metalic leather coat, head band, pantyhose and Gloria Vander Bilt pumps
  1. What to wear in May in Alaska
  2. Dressing for the weather
  3. May work outfits
    • Office and commute look for a chilly day
    • Wear a midi coat on chilly mornings with a summer dress
    • Warm day work outfit
    • What I wore at Commencement
  4. What to wear for play in the Interior
    • Weekend casual
    • Going out
    • Stay(Va)cation style
    • First Friday outfit idea
  5. In a nutshell
  6. References

What to wear in May in Alaska

Here is the May lookbook about what I wore up here in Interior Alaska. Since I took a staycation – as every year around this time, there are a lot of vacation style looks. Many Alaskans who grow a yard start their vegetable and flower gardens between a week after Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. It’s a balance act. Given the short vegetation season, you want to start as early as possible, but late enough not to loose your zucchinis and potatoes by some late frost.

Dressing for the weather

Well, there are those days early in May when night frost requires clearing the windshield from ice in the morning. And then there are those days that require rain gear with temperatures in the 50s (10-15oC). But there were also those summer days with temperatures around 80F (26.7o) in the late afternoon. Since Alaska has only one time zone and when projected onto the Lower 48 would reach from Coast-to-Coast, local noon is much later in Fairbanks than the term suggests.

Alaskan blogger wearing burgundy fit-and-flare dress with a jacket in May
eShakti jersey dress, DIY necklace, Gucci belt, Liz Claiborne pumps, DIY bangle, dyed Notations blazer (all own)

Well in May, there are also some special occasions like Mother’s Day, Graduation, Commencement, Memorial Day and Cinco de Mayo social dances that required special event-specific dressing. You don’t want to let the right outfit be a random thing. When in doubt, it’s easy to create the right look for the situation by looking up what to wear when in How to Dress for Success in Midlife. Buy my book now when you haven’t done it so far.

May work outfits

Office and commute look for a chilly day

This work outfit was styled for a sunny day with below freezing temperatures in the morning. It featured this seasons mixed print trend of using the same subject (here floral), but in different colors, i.e. the grounding is made by the same type of print.

midlife woman donning this seasons mixed print trend of multiple florals
style blogger Nicole in Hawaiian shirt and skirt spring office outfit
fashion blogger in a same theme mixed print look spring work look
Hawaiian Vintage DIY skirt made from a shirt, pantyhose, L.K. Bennett wedge patent leather pumps, Festina watch, panther statement belt, Paloma Picasso sunglasses, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Pineapple Moon blouse and Longchamp cuir bag (all own)

The look in the next photos show how to wear a T-shirt under a sleeveless wrap dress from summer to look professional at the office.

over 50 years old fashion blogger in wrap dress worn over T-shirt
Nicole Mölders in DvF wrap dress
style book author in leopard print dress
Outfit details: Diane von Fürstenberg wrap dress styled with T-shirt, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Anne Klein pumps and multi-string pearl necklace (all own)

Rainy day look for the office and commute

Alaskan woman in business casual spring work look with dress and blazer
midlife blogger in business casual office outfit with blazer, dress, trench coat
Alaskan woman in business casual polka dot dress with floral print blazer on a rainy May day
Karina polka dot dress, Notations Blazer (dyed), Gucci bamboo enamel suede belt, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Calvin Klein block heel pumps, pantyhose statement necklace (all own)

Wear a midi coat on chilly mornings with a summer dress

mature woman in spring outerwear

Alaskan woman in a floral spring coat on a cool May day
Banana Republic, silk floral coat, Karina blue and white polka dot dress, Longchamp cuir pliage, Liz Claiborne snake imprint open-toe pumps (all own) and wooden sunglasses c/o Winkwood

Warm day work outfit

The look below works on a warm May day at the office and for drinks with the colleagues after work on Casual Friday.

mature woman in printed cropped top, red skirt, pink strappy sandals and cateye sunglasses

fashion blogger in summer work outfit with abstract print curvy hem top, red skirt, pink strappy sandals and sunglasses
Warm day work outfit: Shein abstract floral print top, G-III suede skirt, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Hermes enamel bangles arm party, Paloma Picasso sunglasses and Very Fine Dance Sportshoes neon pink sandals (all own)

What I wore at Commencement

Well, technically speaking the outfit below is also a work outfit for me once a year when I have to attend the commencement celebration of the UAF students’ graduation. This work clothes are the most expensive in my closet and I will never get them below 1$ per wear (my criterion for a great deal). However, buying it was still cheaper than renting a gown each year. Not to mention the hassle of ordering it and mailing it back each year. The gown is pretty heavy (almost like a heavy down winter coat). Also the fabric is non-breathing and makes everyone look like an elephant. The hood normally represents the university from which you graduated. Mine is actually a merge that represents the University of Cologne (red and white) and the University of Leipzig (silvergray) from which I have my doctoral degrees in Geophysics and Meteorology, respectively. I wrote a post of how to decode the regalia a while ago. Check it out when you want to know more.

over 50 years old woman wearing doctoral regalia
Doctoral regalia with Judith Leiber belt (for shape) and Salvatore Ferragamo vara pumps (all own)

What to wear for play in the Interior

Weekend casual

Of course, temperature plays a rule for how to dress on the weekend as well. The look shown below is for a day that had frost during its preceding night. Note that even in the valleys frost may occur as late as June.

lady sitting on a Jeep Wrangler in a preppy casual weekend look with boyfriends jeans, mules, button-down shirt and shearling coat
Oliveo button-down shirt, statement gemstone necklace, statement belt, London Jean boyfriends, Festina watch, upcycled Vittoria Verani shearling coat (all own), wooden sunnies c/o Winkwood, fringe purse c/o Uno Alla Volta and Matisse embroidered mules c/o Soft Surroundings
zoom on Alaskan weekend look with hoodie, button-down, bf jeans, mules, sunnies and fringe bag

Like these outfits? If so, please feel free to pin them to your own Pinterest board.

Going out

Alaskan blogger Nicole in black summer going out look with leather vest and keyhole top plus midi pleated tiered skirt

over 50 years old fashion blogger in all black street chic with skirt, leather vest, charm belt, top and wood clog sandals
H&M skirt, Moda International leather vest, Judith Leiber belt, Festina watch, Hermes collier de chien bangle (all own) top c/o Covered Perfectly and Mousse & Cloud clog sandals c/o coolway

Stay(Va)cation style

The typical Alaskan tourist wears hiking clothes and boots. Sleeves of the shirts and jackets are long. The pants’ legs are full length as well. The low temperatures printed in flyers and travel books fail to explain that due to the dryness and no to calm wind 50F (10oC) feel comfortable. Thus, in the opinion of Fairbanksans the tourists are dressed too warm. Maybe that’s why tourists are often referred to as Longsleeves by the locals.

mature woman standing on a deck at a river in shorts blue and white dress and sandals

fashion blogger Nicole in preppy vacation look
Vacation style: Gucci bamboo suede belt, Festina watch, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Kate Spade basket shoulder bag with top handle, AMS neckerchief, Esprit neckerchief,  barrette, Dr. Scholl wedge sandals, Rafaella striped cotton knit dress (all own) and wooden sunglasses c/o Winkwood

The photos above show an Alaska staycation look. The photos below show a romantic inspired vacation look.

midlife blogger sitting on the bench of a resort place in flower embroidered tunic

style blogger sunbathing in a see-thru tunic with lace underskirt and camisole
Juicy Couture patent leather slides, DIY underskirt, Paloma Picasso sunglasses, Spence tunic, Hermes collier de chien bangle (all own), lace camisole c/o Cami Confidential and crossbody bag c/o Uno Alla Volta

First Friday outfit idea

Fairbanks has a huge First Friday culture. If you happen to be in town on the First Friday of a month , it’s a thing worth doing. The look below shows an example what to wear when visiting galleries or other stores participating in the event. You can find further outfit insprirations to dress for First Friday at the link. Check the News Miner for participating places.

mature stylist in Casual Friday outfit

fashion blogger in joggers

style over 50 woman with belt and scarf
Jodi Michaels needle stripe zipper blazer, Vince leather jogging, floral silk scarf, Gucci bamboo suede belt (all own), wooden watch c/o Jord

What will you wear when visiting Fairbanks?

In a nutshell

In Fairbanks, nearly everything goes style-wise. However, to not look like a tourist avoid long sleeve and long leg hiking clothes with hiking boots. If you have to wear them, roll the sleeves and legs up and style them with flip flops on a warm and sneakers on a rainy day.

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Mölders, N. (2019) Outdoor Universal Thermal Comfort Index Climatology for Alaska. Atmospheric and Climate Sciences9, 558-582. doi: 10.4236/acs.2019.94036.

Photos of me: G. Kramm

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This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Mimi

    I love the lilac jacket – I will be happy to take it off your hands when you are
    finished with it !!!!!!!!!!!!
    Thank you for hosting us each week – it is always fun!

  2. Anna Marcus

    You have quite a collection of lovely outfit for different occasions. Really love your coat and a stay(va)cation collection

  3. Nicole Mölders

    I would never have thought that they are sensitive to grow in California. One never stops learning. Thanks for the lesson.

  4. aquamarinastyle

    Nicole you have such great style and look so cute in your clothes! All these looks are great and I especially love the red suede skirt with the abstract top and fun heels!! And I agree, even here in Southern California those darn zucchini are sensitive and it’s hit or miss when planting them!

    xx Darlene

  5. That silk floral coat is SOOO pretty!!! I don’t blame you for buying the commencement gown since it would be a hassle to mail it back each year. I’m all about simplicity!


  6. Tracey

    Thank you for featuring me ! I’m so surprised and honoured. I’ve Just been admiring some of your outfits. Loving the black H&M skirt and the beautiful lilac work outfit.
    Tracey x

  7. mummabstylish

    Oh you wear some amazing pieces Nicole – I’ve featured you on this week’s #linkup my friend. Jacqui Mummabstylish

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