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The weather in  Ontario, Vermont, New York, Michigan, Maine, Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota, for instance, is muggy in summer and can be frigid cold in winter. This post shows how how six fashion experts dress stylishly for these extremes. Learn how to dress for continental humid weather.

  1. The Challenge to Dress for Continental Humid Climate
  2. Muggy in Summer, Creepy in Winter
  3. A High Pressure System with an Attitude
  4. Style and Fashion Bloggers’ Secrets How to Dress for Continental Humid Weather
  5. Grace Liang, Michigan
  6. Ellen LaFleche Christian, Vermont
  7. Linda Cassidy, Ontario
  8. Amber Desilets, Ontario
  9. Deborah Boland
  10. Susan Liberatore


The Challenge to Dress for Continental Humid Climate

What do Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Michigan, Wisconsin, northern Minnesota, and eastern North Dakota have in common besides some great fashion and style bloggers? They have the same warm, humid continental summer climate. There is a notable amount of rainfall year round – even in the driest month. The monthly mean temperature of the coldest month is below the freezing point. All months have a mean temperatures below 71.6F (22oC). At least four months have a monthly mean temperature exceeding 50F (10oC).

Muggy in Summer, Creepy in Winter

From a dressing point of view, this region has two serious challenges. The humid warm summer means lots of muggy days. In winter, humidity creeps everywhere. Add temperatures around freezing to the mix and/or wind – you have the perfect recipe to catch a cold or feel just miserable. It is obvious that

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A High Pressure System with an Attitude

As if these weather conditions weren’t enough, the Canadian High produces a really cold dome of frigid air. Once in a while, the high gets an attitude and moves to the south. The polar vortex shuffles cold, dry air into the areas of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Michigan, Wisconsin, northern Minnesota, and/or eastern North Dakota. While moving over the Great Lakes the dry, cold air loads up water vapor and heat from the lakes surfaces leading to strong snowfall downwind of the lakes.

Style and Fashion Bloggers’ Secrets How to Dress for Continental Humid Weather

In this post, I feature five fashion and style bloggers over 40 who look stylish no matter what the weather throws at them. I lift their styling secrets and explain why their looks work for continetal humid weather. Thus, when you live in this region or have to visit for work or go there for vacation, you can easily adapt them to stay warm in style.


Grace Liang, Michigan

fashion blogger Grace Liang dressed for continental humid weather in a classic winter outfit
Grace of Color and Grace looking posh classic in her taupe winter coat, flesh colored pumps and little red dress. Photo courtesy to her


Grace Liang is the fashion and lifestyle blogger behind Color and Grace. She is a petite who loves colors and wears them. Color is always a great idea during winter to up the mood of yourself as well as the people around you. When everything is just shades of gray a pop of color goes a long way. A great way to stay visible over 40 and as a petite.

blogger Grace Liang in a yellow summer dress for continental humid weather
Grace Liang beating the muggy heat of the Michigan summer in a yellow semi-fitted classic dress. Photo courtesy to her


Grace beats the summer office outfit challenge in feminine dresses, of course in color. The light yellow doesn’t heat so much than a black dress would do. The cut helps her to look polished, but stay comfortable. Who needs a clinching body conscious dress when the mercury hits 100F (37.8oC) and relative humidity is in the 90s?


Ellen LaFleche Christian, Vermont

#Fashionover40 Ellen Christian beating muggy weather in a matching mint skirt top dress
Ellen Christian in a mint light top with matching skirt dress, statement necklace, silver sandals and shoulder bag. Photo courtesy to her


Ellen blogs at The Socialite’s Closet. She lives in Vermont, which has beautiful valleys and hills. Ok, you may call them mountains, but I am a bit hesitant given that Alaska has the highest mountain of North America. Like in the lake areas summer days can be very muggy and winter snowy. Ellen goes for casual separates to beat the heat. In winter, she goes for a casual puffer anorak styled with jeans, wool sweater and boots. This style is perfect for the rural country side in this green state.


Ellen Christian in supportive boots, hooded puffer anorak, jeans, and sweater combo
Ellen Christian staying warm in a hooded fur trimmed puffer anorak, jeans, casual wool sweater, and supportive boot. Photo courtesy to her


Linda Cassidy, Ontario

lifestyle blogger Linda of A Labour of Life in a relaxed outfit for continental humid summer day
Linda, the lifestyle and fashion blogger at A Labour of Life in a printed summer dress with long blazer and wedge sandals. Photo courtesy to her.


Linda is a lifestyle and fashion blogger north of the Great Lakes. She blogs at A Labour of Life. As you can catch from the spelling of her blog’s name, she lives in Canada. Her style take to work with the crazy muggy summer weather is to pair printed sun dresses with a blazer and sandals for an office appropriate look. This trick keeps her office appropriate, stylish, and comfortable in the chilly air condition at work. On the commute to and from work, she can peel a layer off and is ready to meet with her hubby, friends or adult children in the beergarten of a local brewery for dinner.


#advancedfashion Linda using layers to stay warm and comfortable, but relaxed and stylish in winterLinda of A Linda Cassidy from A Labour of Life in a denim shirt dress over layering top with belt and faux fur vest, tights and no fuzz booties, gloves and a tote. Photo courtesy to her


Like in summer, Linda use layers to adjust to nasty chilly winter weather. She looks warm and comfortable, but relaxed and stylish in this multiple-layer outfit. She creates vertical lines to give the illusion of height and to look slim. More on styling cold wet weather outfits in this guide.

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Amber Desilets, Ontario

Amber of Canadian Fashionista in pastel winter outfit
Amber of Canadian Fashionista in an all pastels winter look. Photo courtesy to her.


Amber is the fashion blogger at Canadian Fashionista. She tends towards neutral pastels for her winter outerwear in a posh casual style. These colors feature the winter skies of the North. The furry jacket is perfect to fight chilly winds.


Amber at Canadian Fashionista in a LWD with straw hat
Amber at Canadian Fashionista in a casual, but romantic little white dress, straw hat and matching clutch, white watch and tan wedge heels. Photo courtesy to her


What is more North American than wearing a little white eyelets cotton dress in summer. Amber wears a casual romantic style with straw hat to protect her beautiful brunette hair from heating up and comfortable wedge heel sandals. Wedge heel sandals are great for summer. They remain comfortable when your feet swell from the heat and you can join your friends going to a beergarten without having to worry about your heels. Wedges are no problem to walk in on a lawn or even gravel. Smart styling.


Deborah Boland

style blogger over 40 Deborah staying cool in a posh casual summer look on a humid windy day
Deborah in a peachy chiffon flowy top and white pants with nude sandals, bag and sunglasses at the lake. Photo cortesy to her


Deborah Boland is the stylist and CEO of Fabulous after 40. She authored several fashion and style books. She also lives on the Canadian side of the border. Deborah was one of the first bloggers who reached out to me when I started blogging in 2013.

She beats the muggy weather in a classic with a twist to casual style. The top hugs the body in the right places to show off her great shape, but is loose enough to not clinch. The studs on the sandals give the look some edge in a very positive sense.


Deboraha Borland in skinnies, OTK boots and parka dress for winter in continental humid climate
Deborah Boland of Fabulous After 40 in burgundy over-the-knee boots and parka with fur collar, black denim skinnies and a suede and leather tote. Photo courtesy to her


Like her summer look, Deborah goes with casual classics with a twist in winter. Her burgundy over-the-knee boots are stunning at any age and are the icing on the cake of this classic parka with skinnies and boot winter look.


Susan Liberatore

Susan of is a forty something stay-at-home mom who enjoys dressing, and blogging.  She is the voice of Ava Grace’s Closet. During hot muggy days, she opts for outfits in light colors. Light colors just don’t heat up so strongly like black does. She also seeks the shadow. This casual posh look with a white with black polka dots top is another great look to “survive” warm muggy summer days.


Susan of Ava Grace's Closet in a posh chic casual warm season look
Susan the Canadian lifestyle blogger of Ava Grace’s Closet looks posh chic in a casual outfit in pastels with stylish heels, tote and a black belt. She accessorized her look with black shades, a charm necklace and a bold watch. Photo courtesy to her


In the cold time of the year, Susan stays true to a casual posh style with sweaters, denim, over-the-knee boots, and a warm coat. A faux fur collar is a great alternative to wearing a scarf. She styles outerwear with a fun balloon hat and red gloves. On gray, chilly winter days, a pop of color is always a great idea. It ups not only your mood, but also serves to lift the mood of the people you meet.


Susan of Ava Grace's Closet in a cold weather casual look
Susan the lifestyle blogger at Ava Grace’s Closet in a cold weather look with sweater, denim, over-the-knee boots, leather jacket with quilted lining and faux fur trim. She accessorizes her outerwear with a hat and red gloves. Photo courtsey to her.


P.S. Like this post on weather related outfits? You might also like to read how fashion bloggers of the Pacific North West look stylish in their rainy, windy weather. Or when staying with hot weather take a look at how these Texan bloggers beat their weather challenges in style.

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