May lookbook (What I wore in Interior Alaska)

Alaskan woman in silver metalic leather coat on a wind May day

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 were those days early in May when night frost required clearing the windshield from ice in the morning. And then there were those days that required 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 Noations blazer (all own)

Well in May, there were 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

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 cuire bag (all own)
midlife woman doning this seasons mixed print trend of multiple florals
Same spring outfit as above, but with own Banana Republic floral print silk spring coat to stay comfortable in the below the freezing point morning temperatures. The coat was a consignment find
Alaskan woman in business casual spring work look with dress and blazer
Sideview of business casual spring look created for a rainy May day (all own)
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 cuire pilage, Liz Claiborne snake imprint open-toe pumps (all own) and wooden sunglasses c/o Winkwood
fashion blogger in summer work outfit with abstract print curvy hem top, red skirt, pink strappy sandals and sunglasses
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)
style blogger Nicole in Hawaiian shirt and skirt spring office outfit
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
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)
midlife woman in business casual office outfit with blazer, dress, trench coat
Karina polka dress, dyed Notations blazer, Gucci belt, 5th Avenue snake print bag, Calvin Klein block heel pumps, pantyhose, Burberry London trench coat and statement necklace (all own)
mature woman in spring outerwear
Front view of Banana Republic coat, Longchamppilage, Liz Claiborne open-toe pumps, pantyhose, DIY scarf (all own) and wooden mirrored sunglasses c/o Winkwood
mature woman in printed cropped top, red skirt, pink strappy sandals and cateye sunglasses
Zoom-in on left drinks with colleagues after work outfit on a warm May day

What I wore at Commencment

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 Salvadore Ferragamo vara pumps (all own)

Going out

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

fashion blogger Nicole in preppy vacation look
Gucci bamboo suede belt, Festina watch, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Kate Spade basket shoulder bag with top handle, AMS neckerchief, Esprit neckerchief, Dr. Scholl wedge sandals, Rafaella striped cotton knit dress (all own) and wooden sunglasses c/o Winkwood
mature woman standing on a deck at a river in shorts blue and white dress and sandals
side view of left vacation style inspiration to show the updo, barrette, curved hem and details of the sandals

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

style blogger sun-bathing 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

Weekend casual

lady sitting on a Jeep Wrangler in a preppy casual weekend look with boyfriends jeans, mules, button-donw shirt and shearling coat
Oliveo button-donw shirt, statement gemstone necklace, statement belt, London Jean boyfriends, Festina watch, upcycled Vittoria Vernai 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
zoom-in on the weekend casual look in neutral colors

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Top of the World Style Winner Ashely Cramp of Lazy Daisy Jones in sightseeing outfit
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Ashley Cramp of Lazy Daisy Jones is the Top of the World Style Winner. She featured what to wear on a cloudy day visiting a coastal city. This look also would be perfect to explore Pioneer Park in Fairbanks on a cloudy day in May.

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Nora became the Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav. She blogs at Jacket Society and also runs a store with this name. Here looks would work well for strolling in Fairbanks downtown on a sunny day using the jacket as coverup in the morning and evening.

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7 thoughts on “May lookbook (What I wore in Interior Alaska)

  1. 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!
    Mimi

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

  3. 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

  4. 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!

    Carrie

  5. 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

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

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