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White House | Black Market sequin pants, Vittari blazer, D&GM sunglasses, Lonchamp bag (all own) and T-shirt c/o Femme Luxe

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.

  1. What to Wear in Alaska in May
  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. Alaska May Lookbook in a Nutshell
  6. Top of the World Style Linkup No. 309
  7. References

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.


style book author in black pants, steal blazer, black pumps yellow bag
back view of May pants with blazer look


stylist in glam trousers, linen jacket, graphic Tee posing for the May lookbook
White House | Black Market sequin pants, Hermes collier de chien bangle, gemstone bangle, Taylor’s Gold’n Stone topaz earrings, knee highs, Vittari blazer, D&GM sunglasses, Lonchamp bag (all own) and T-shirt c/o Femme Luxe


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


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.

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


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.

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


Rainy day look for the office and commute

Alaskan woman in business casual spring work look with dress and blazer
midlife blogger posing in business casual office outfit with blazer, dress, trench coat for the May lookbook
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


Wear a Midi Coat on Chilly Mornings with a Summer Dress

mature woman in spring outerwear
Front view of floral coat


Alaskan woman in a floral spring coat on a cool May day
Outfit details: Banana Republic, silk floral coat, Karina blue and white polka dot dress, Longchamp cuir pliage, Liz Claiborne snake imprint open-toe pumps 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.


fashion blogger in work outfit with abstract print curvy hem top, red skirt, pink strappy sandals and sunglasses posing for the May lookbook
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


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.


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


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
Zoom of above look to show outfit details


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.


Going Out

Alaskan blogger Nicole in black summer going out look with leather vest and keyhole top plus midi pleated tiered skirt
Zoom on outfit (described below) to show details


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, tourists dress too warm. Maybe that’s why the locals refer to tourists  as Longsleeves.


mature woman standing on a deck at a river in shorts blue and white dress and sandals
Staycation 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 photo above show an Alaska staycation look. The photo below shows a Romantic Style inspired vacation look.


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, 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
Jodi Michaels needle stripe zipper blazer, Vince leather jogging, floral silk scarf, Gucci bamboo suede belt, wooden watch c/o Jord


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

Top of the World Style linkup party every week on Thursday

Welcome to the Top of the World Style linkup party.


Sabine Grimm in striped dress over skinnies holding a red dotted umbrella
Sabine Grimm from Lifestyle by Bine became the Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav. Photo from her post


Reni in black skirt with ruffles, black and white floral print cardigan, white sneaker and black top, pearls
Reni from Fine Whatever Blog became the Top of the World Style winner. Photo from her post


Alison in leather pants, black sweater gray denim coat, leopard print scarf
Alison from Midlife and Beyond became Top of the World OOTD My Fav. Photo from her post


Congrats Ladies! Grab your award buttons.

See these awesome looks at the Top of the World Style #linkup party. #timelessstyle Click To Tweet


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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 12 Comments

  1. That silk floral coat is SO stunning! You always seem to know what to wear with the weather there in Alaska and you stay stylish and warm!


  2. aquamarinastyle

    Regardless of your Alaskan weather, you always know how to look chic, Nicole. You have an amazing sense of style!!

    xx Darlene

  3. Rena

    Great post, Nicole. As always, you offer a lot of good and valuable styling ideas. And I’m so pleased to have one of the Top of the World Style winners from last week’s link-up. Thank you for the recognition and for hosting.

    Fine Whatever Blog

  4. Lucy Bertoldi

    I love your style and your looks always! Today I’m gushing over that amazing silk coat!! Gorgeous!

  5. shelbeeontheedge1

    Oh my gosh, Nicole, your silk floral long jacket is absolutely magnificent! You have so many wonderful combinations!


  6. 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!

  7. Anna Marcus

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

  8. Nicole Mölders

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

  9. 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

  10. 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!


  11. 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

  12. 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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