I planned to take a photo of my outfit each day while I was on vacation, but I’m afraid I failed miserably at the task. The links and ideas below reflect what I found to be most comfortable in high heat and humidity.
I wore the dress above for the first time when I visited Savannah. I have never gotten so many compliments as I did that day. I bought the red dress here. It is so comfortable and easy to care for; I also bought the blue one shown below found here.
One of the best options for hot weather is a linen dress that fits long and loose. I have the dress below in all three colors, and I bought them here. I unbuttoned them above the knee and wore sandals, a straw hat, and bag.
If you like a shorter length or are petite, I also found another version (below) here.
Shorts or short skirts with tees were not wise because the extra layers around the middle retain too much heat. I did see a few ladies wearing similar combinations, but they did not appear to be as comfortable as the ladies who wore loose-fitting dresses in light colors.
I wore the navy tee and white jeans above while driving. When I took the photo above at a rest stop, I had been on the road for four hours. Since I am a morning person, I left at 5:30 am. The sandals were easy to kick off while driving or slip on as needed. I found a similar current pair of sandals here. I rarely wore makeup while I was away, but I used sunscreen here and cleansed my face at least twice each day (routine here).
I took a pair of white jeans with me, but they were much too hot for other than early morning or late evening. Both the navy tee and the white eyelet shirt are old. Here and here are similar tops. The jeans are here.
I wore sandals, sneakers, or water shoes each day. Similar walk-friendly sandals are here. Cotton, linen, or canvas sneakers are the most comfortable to wear in the heat. Here is one option. I wore the shoes here in the water and hiking through the maritime forest.
Hats provided shade, protection from the sun, and they keep my hair off my face. The best hat option I’ve found is here. I have purchased this hat several times because I am afraid I won’t find it again.
Lightweight small and large straw bags that slip over your shoulder are a must for summer. I found bags here, here, and here.
I chose the swimsuit because of the fit and style and because I need the option to choose the cup size. I found the suit here.
I plan so that I don’t have to stop for fast food along the way and will have breakfast options for later. I packed a canvas tote bag with bananas, dates, trail mix, cherry tomatoes, steamed broccoli spears, and vitamins. I kept to my routine of having breakfast and a late lunch while skipping the evening meal. I drank lots of filtered water and an occasional glass of white wine.
My favorite restaurant in Beaufort was Herban Market and Cafe. I ate there several times because of the healthy options made in-house. The service was excellent, and they had comfortable outdoor seating with easy parking.
Some of the links I share will allow me to earn a small commission at no extra charge to you. I am publishing this post earlier than planned because some of the shopping sites I linked to are having sales this weekend. I didn’t want you to miss out on the reduced prices.
I stopped to spend a couple of hours walking through Magnolia Plantation & Gardens on my way to Beaufort. The following photos don’t begin to capture the beauty. I’m sure it was breathtaking a few weeks ago when the azaleas were in full bloom.
Peacocks freely roamed the grounds and called out to each other often.
“Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, Magnolia Plantation has survived the centuries and witnessed the history of our nation unfold before it from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. It is the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry, and the oldest public gardens in America, opening its doors to visitors in 1870 to view the thousands of beautiful flowers and plants in its famous gardens.” (I found this information on the Magnolia Plantation website.)