May is the third month of Alaska’s dry season. While in March and April snow melt still provides a lot of water to the rivers, the water level drops in May. Greenup is like pushing a button. See my May lookbook for what you can wear in this month when you visit the East Interior of Alaska for a business trip or vacation.
- What to Wear in Alaska in May
- Dressing for the Weather
- 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
- What to Wear for Play in the Interior
- Weekend casual
- Going Out
- Stay(Va)cation style
- First Friday outfit idea
- Alaska May Lookbook in a Nutshell
- Top of the World Style Linkup No. 309
What to Wear in Alaska in May
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.
Well in May, there are also some special occasions like Mother’s Day, Cinco de Mayo social dances, Graduation, Commencement, Memorial Day and 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.
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.
Rainy day look for the office and commute
Wear a Midi Coat on Chilly Mornings with a Summer Dress
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.
What I Wore at Commencement
Well, technically speaking the outfit below is also a work outfit for me. Once a year, namely, 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 the regalia attire 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. See this post on how to decode the regalia.
What to Wear for Play in the Interior
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.
May also starts the grilling season at least for trying BBQ recipes within the family circle. See the post at the link for tips to look stunning at a BBQ with family.
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, tourists dress too warm. Maybe that’s why the locals refer to tourists as Longsleeves.
The photo above show an Alaska staycation look. The photo below shows a Romantic Style inspired vacation look.
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.
May Lookbook 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.
Top of the World Style Linkup No. 309
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Mölders, N., 2019. Outdoor Universal Thermal Comfort Index Climatology for Alaska. Atmospheric and Climate Sciences, 9, 558-582. doi: 10.4236/acs.2019.94036.
Photos of me: G. Kramm
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