I've Lived in the Humid South for 22 Years—Here's How I Survive Summer

After growing up in Louisiana until the age of 19 and a long hiatus that took me to Pittsburgh, NYC, and L.A., I'm back in the hot and humid South (North Carolina, specifically). Truth be told, I don't hate the summers here. My skin looks nicer than in the (surprisingly freezing) winter, and I can wear prettier things like dresses and little white tops. That said, wearing the wrong thing during the summer in the South will make or break you. I've learned from the unfortunate mistake of wearing the wrong type of fabric over the years and now know exactly how to avoid being suffocated by my clothes when both the heat and humidity are at 100.

I've lived in, or I've at least visited, many parts of the country in my lifetime, and I can say with confidence that if your wardrobe can help you survive July and August in the South, your wardrobe can pass the test anywhere. So without further ado, here's a Southerner/fashion editor's (that's me!) advice for surviving summer (no sweet tea required).