I tend to find myself quite often in hot and humid climates because that’s just how I like my weather. However, a lot of the times these countries are also quite conservative. Places like Morocco, Indonesia, the Maldives, and India require women to cover up a bit more, for some that’s a dilemma. Women’s clothing for hot & humid countries tends to be skimpy, making it an issue if you need something to wear in conservative countries. That and the fact that once you hit a certain age, butt cracks and hot pants are just not cute anymore.
When I made it to that certain age I needed to sort out my travel clothes and apparently I did well. At least that’s what some people tell me. So I thought it was high time to share some of my favorite cool summer dresses, the best fabric for hot weather, and some of my favorite stores.
While I tend to wear skinny jeans with stretch, an oversized silk shirt, and cotton cardigan on long flights (with either a sports bra or a strapless bra I can take off for sleeping by the way!), that uniform doesn’t go very far in 100% humidity.
A couple of years ago I was looking for appropriate clothing for Morocco when I came across a long, black Weekday dress on sale. It turned out to be perfect: covered up, but light, airy, and insanely comfortable. With it, I had found my travel style and have since worked hard (aka retail therapy) on expanding my wardrobe with perfect lose cotton dresses and caftans.
Some of my go-to brands include Oysho, 9 Seed for beach cover-ups, COS for more structured formal pieces, and Anokhi. The latter is the best answer to the question of what to wear in India.
Need an excuse to shop? Here you go:
You are welcome and now tell your credit card to stop crying 😉