What to Wear – Surviving Summer in New Orleans

New Orleans is hot. I heard that so many times before departing on my trip but it never actually sank in. At least not until we actually arrived in New Orleans. Trust me when I say New Orleans is hot. The temperature did not drop below 95 degrees F during the days we were there and that isn’t including the heat index or the Feels Like temperatures.

Choosing what to pack for your summer trip to New Orleans can be tricky if you’ve never been there. Take it from someone who has and pack for sub-tropical weather. It’s hot, it’s humid but it is totally worth the trip if you can stomach the heat.

Do's & Don'ts for #NoLa Summer

The first thing to keep in mind is the fact you are going to sweat regardless of what you wear. Because of this you want to wear clothing that is breathable and moisture-wicking is a definite bonus. Lightweight layers will help you stay dry as long as possible.

Cotton sundresses for ladies, cotton shirts and loose fitting shorts for men seem to be a no fail route to take when dressing for a New Orleans summer.

 Do Choose:    Don’t Choose:   
  • light colored cotton & linen fabrics
  • shorts
  • t-shirts
  • tank tops
  • capris
  • sun dresses
  • well padded sandals
  • sneakers with socks
  • skirts with leggings to (prevent chaffing)
  • heavy fabrics
  • jeans
  • sweaters/sweatshirts
  • sneakers without socks
  • dark clothing
  • flannel
  • any teamware other than the Saints

Accessorize:

Hair ties and  headbands will help keep your hair off of your face. This is a good idea to prevent blemishes and excessive sweating.

Umbrellas and parasols will hide you from the sun keeping the sweat away longer.

Thin leggings/capris are great for sundresses and skirts to prevent chaffing if you don’t have chaffing cream.

Miscellaneous

Avoid spray tanning before visiting New Orleans in the summer. I didn’t and it melted off! No, seriously – it melted. I had streaks and splotches of spray tan everywhere.

Make sure to apply sunscreen liberally. Even on overcast days.

Stay hydrated, it doesn’t take much to dehydrate in New Orleans during the summer.

One of the many great things about New Orleans is you aren’t judged. Big, small, short, tall – New Orleanians are some of the friendliest people I have met and if you go out without makeup on they wont judge you! New Orleans’ summer & makeup don’t go very well together so consider opting for some SPF tinted moisturizer instead.

Tell Me: Did I miss anything? What would you recommending wearing in New Orleans during the summer?

5 Tips to Dress for Less This Summer

UntitledUpdating your summer wardrobe can be a pain in the rear and the wallet. There are ways to dress for less this summer and still be stylish and adorable. Here are my best tips to help you save money without sacrificing fashion.

5 Tips to Dress for Less This Summer

Shop the Sales

Most retailers, online and in store, offer huge savings on clearance items.  You can call around to different stores to find out exactly when they’ll be marking down the goods.

Sites like Ebates will tell you what stores are having what sales. As a bonus you’ll get cash back for shopping online.

The main thing to consider when shopping sales is to not hesitate. Sure that sounds fiscally irresponsible, but when  you’re dealing with deep discounts on clothing you can’t guarantee they’ll be there later.

Find Discount Stores

There are some stores dedicated to saving you money on clothing and accessories. Finding them may not be easy, but once you do you’ll be in heaven.


599 Fashion offers beyond affordable clothing and accessories. Everything is priced at $5.99 or lower. They have the latest fashions and they’re constantly updating their collections. The only downside to 599 is their clothes are gone quickIf you wait too long to purchase you could find your dream outfit gone.

While these clothes may not be the highest quality they are definitely cute and fashionable. A great way to keep up with the latest trends without breaking the bank.

Shop Thrift Stores & Garage Sales

Macklemore has the right idea. Second hand items are a great way to save the green and usually give back to a good cause (in most cases.) Most items in thrift stores and garage sales are gently used. They may be last years trends, but with the right accessories anything can be salvaged.

There are times you’ll get super lucky and find brand new clothes for super cheap. The summer is the best time to go garage saling, and as a bonus you could get started on your fall/winter wardrobes early!

Repurpose Your Wardrobe

You can rarely go wrong with cut-offs. Instead of dropping $50+ on cut-offs/distressed shorts opt to DIY. You can make them as long or short as you want them and distressing jeans can be a lot of fun.

You can also turn long sleeves into tanks and other neat tricks to bring your out of season clothes to summer.

Check out these tutorials for repurposing your wardrobe for summer:

Swap with Friends

Do you ever find yourself wishing you had your friends wardrobe? Chances are they’re thinking the same thing. It’s a woman thing. We want what we don’t have. When we have it we don’t always want it.

If  you have friends that wear the same sizes as you propose a trade. Take this shirt I’ll give you these shorts. It’s a win-win situation and everyone leaves happy. This works with accessories too and no money is lost.

These are my best tips for saving money and dressing for less this summer. What tips do you have?