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How to dress for the weather in the American Southeast

I haven’t done a post on how to dress for the weather in a given climate region for a while. Posts in this series featured style bloggers of the Pacific Northwest, Texas, and the northern East Coast and southeast Canada. Today’s post features five incredibly stylish women from the South East and how they dress for the weather down there.

Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, eastern Oklahoma, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Louisiana, eastern Texas, and the Carolinas except for the Appalachian region fall in the temperate (mesothermal), subtropical humid climate zone. In this climate, the coldest month has an average temperature between 27F to 32F (−3oC to 0oC) and 64.4F (18oC). Furthermore, at least one month has a monthly mean temperature above 71.6F (22o), and in at least four months, monthly mean temperatures are above 50F (10oC). Precipitation occurs year round with no season receiving notably more than the other seasons, i.e. there is no distinct rain season.

The humidity in conjunction with high temperatures can make summer weather very muggy. High humidity with temperatures around the freezing point is pretty creepy. Especially, when you are used to pleasant daytime temperatures above 50F most of the year. Add some wind and it feels even colder than it is. Even in the Interior of Alaska, people fear wind more than 40 below.

Now let’s see how some fashion and style bloggers living in the Southeast dress weather appropriately.

Susana Fernandez

#classicstyleover40 #dressing4weather Susana Fernandez summer and winter looks
Susana Fernandez, the style blogger at a Key to the Armoire, lives in Florida. From left tor right: Classic floral print summer dress, posh casual summer weekend look, and winter outfit. Photos courtesy to her with permission

Dr. Susana Fernandez lives in Miami, Florida, where the weather is quite pleasant year round because of the close ocean. The higher heat capacity of water than land leads to a slight sea-breeze in summer and keeps the weather mild in winter. She is the classic style blogger at A Key to the Armoire. Having lived in Latin America and Europe before coming to the United States, Susana is a quite multicultural woman and her style is a unique mix of classics with a twist that roots in these cultures. She sees turning fashion into style as a creative mean to provide her with an outlet for self-expression. Her Armoire is open…take a peek inside!

Robin LaMonte

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Robin LaMonte, the blogger at Hello I’m 50ish, in outfits for the four seasons. Permission to use photos from her

I e-met Robin LaMonte in the Fierce 50 community. See the post at the link to learn more about that community. Robin is the blogger at Hello I’m 50ish. Actually, she meanwhile is 60ish. She was a flight attendant in her 20s and 30s. Staying overnight in various cities of the world has taught her how to dress for the expected weather. Add an interior design degree earned in her forties there is no surprise she creates great looks no matter which curve ball the weather throws at her in Georgia.

Erica Bunker

#dressing4theweather Erica Bunker in summer, fall and winter outfits
Erica Bunker donning a Gucci inspired summer dress, an elegant fall and winter outfit suitable for the region’s weather. Photos with her permission

Erica Bunker, is the blogger at the blog with the same name. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama. She is a self-taught seamstress, burgeoning designer, wardrobe stylist and consultant. When it comes to get the best clothes for the climate she lives in, her personal style motto is: “Why buy it, when you can make it!” She believes in occasion-appropriate dressing. Consequently, she dresses weather appropriate. Even when it gets a bit chilly, she stays with celebrating her femininity (see the royal blue dress and the winter outfit). I haven’t seen one outfit of her so far that didn’t scream “Look at me, I am a woman!” When you are following my blog already for a while, you may remember that she shared her secrets on making your own clothes here on High Latitude Style.

Jonet Wooten

#fashionover50 Jonet Wooten in a summer, transition season and winter look
Jonet Wooten the blogger at Fabulously Chic Over 50 in a casual posh summer outfit, a American Classic spring or fall look, and a fun winter outfit that works well when temperature are around the freezing point. Photo Credit: Chad W. Wooten with her permission.

Jonet Wooten is the professional blogger at Fabulously Chic Over 50. All her looks are very playful as you can see in the featured photos. You really see the fun she has when dressing even when it is a little chilly in winter or unbearably hot and humid in summer down in the south. I love her all American Classic white button-down, suede leather blazer with jeans look.

Jessica Jamenga

#fashionover40 Romantic Style blogger Jessica Jamenga in warm and cold season outfits
Jessica Jamenga in a bold romantic inspired summer look (left) and a monochromatic winter outfit working with texture of leather, velvet and lace. Photos with her permission

Jessica Jamenga is the romantic style blogger at Elegantly Dressed and Stylish from North Carolina. She is a regular at my Top of the World Style linkup party. You may have seen her here on High Latitude Style also as an expert how to look stunning in red as a redhead. She loves the style of other eras as much as today’s trends. When it comes to dressing for the weather you can see her creating outfits with romantic elements of various eras. In all her romantic outfits, she always looks mature, and grown-up.

Patti Gibbson

#fashionover60 Patty Gibbson in a light dress and warm layers
Patty Gibbson in an abstract floral print summer dress with statement belt and cat stature (left), and a winter look with hat and scarf.

Patty Gibbson in another style blogger from Florida. She shows her second hand and other great shopping finds at Not Dead Yet Style. Her favorite city is the Big Apple. Thus, you find clues from there in her Florida winter outfits. For my money, she is the Queen of pulling off Dr. Martens with a skirt or dress and looking incredibly stylish. How does she do that? Her style is so unique! You know the “Just show me the shoes and I can tell you if it’s a photo of you” sort of style.

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Beth Djalali

#styleover50 Beth Djalali, Style at a Certain Age, in three different outfits for  subtroipical winter weather
Beth Djalali, the style blogger at Style at a Certain Age, in a fall, spring, and winter outfit. Photos with permission, courtesy to her

Beth Djalali, the style blogger at Style at a Certain Age, has an incredibly chic, classic winter style. She keeps her outfits in neutral colors – remember I consider red a neutral. When you are already a reader of my blog for a while, you may remember that she was featured in a post on how to create interesting looks in neutral colors.  In the photos above, you see that booties are a statement shoe rather than a must in the typical winter weather of Georgia.  A knit duster, chunky wool cable knit sweater or blazer is all it takes to stay comfortable most of the time. A scarf is a stylish accessory, not a needed item in subtropical winter weather.

How I dressed in spring in Florida

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Me in a self-sewn straight floral print skirt and red sweater in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
#agelessstyle casual vacation outfit
Me in white Bermundas and red racer back top, baseball hat and Birkenstocks on vacation in Orlando, Florida
#vacationstyle woman in abstract print skirt and red top
Me wearing a self-sewn Rock’n Roll style peasant skirt in abstract print and a red top on vacation in Miami

If you liked any of these outfit inspirations, it would help me if you pinned them to your own Pinterest board. It’s a great way that your friends, family, and others can see them too.

P.S. Not living in the humid subtropics? What about how to dress for the weather in the Pacific Northwest, or what to wear in humid continental weather? Want to see your region featured here next? Let me know. Send me an email.

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