Honestly, visiting my mom in the Quad Cities inspired me to write this blog post and get more active here! So, summer begins, the humidity sets in and you find yourself standing in front of a pile of clothes, and wonder what the heck to wear in this humid AF weather. What will be the most comfortable? Well, personally I find that sometimes your body type will dictate what will be the most comfortable for you. So there isn’t a “one size fits all” approach, however, this guidelines will help, no matter what shape or size you are, in the most humid of climates!

This may not have crossed your mind, (or maybe it did, if you’re smarty pants) but wearing certain fabrics will make you feel like you’re in hotter, more humid weather than you really are, and you’ll end up sitting in a pool of your own sweat. Well, that would be weird if you were sitting in a pool of anyone else’s sweat…OK moving on.

Wear items made from a base of polyester. Polyester is not breathable and it will ultimately feel like you’re wearing a hot plastic bag. That sounds like a lotta fun, eh? Not.

Wear cotton & linen. These are natural fibers that are (usually) lightweight, flowy, comfortable, breathable and they absorb moisture rather than repelling it, which makes a little sweat a bit more comfortable. Stick to white items in linen or cotton if you don’t want to flaunt your underarm sweat rings! Light gray and light pink also show sweat rings. In cotton & linen, we trust.

Wear denim. Just don’t do it. You will most likely regret it. Like, 90% of the time. Wearing denim pants might be super duper comfortable on days that aren’t quite as sweltering hot, BUT in hot and humid weather, denim will be restricting and it won’t be breathable, and you’ll sweat, like a lot.

Reach for an outfit or dress made from chambray. It gives the same vibe as denim, but it is breathable and quite “in” at the moment. It’s actually been “in” for a few years now, so you shouldn’t have any issues locating some awesome rompers, tops, dresses or jumpers made with chambray!

I find that wearing items that cling to my body when it’s humid causes my body to sweat more, and if I’m wearing something light, those sweat rings and spots are a lot more noticeable. Now this is one of those tips that might be best for smaller body frames (I’m honestly straddling the line of this being comfortable for myself). If you have larger thighs, chaffing and sweating cand and will most likely occur making this not the best option. If you’re worried about chafing, I would recommend a romper.

Well, I DID say no to denim, but your favorite jean SHORTS will work wonders on a hot and humid day. Be sure to pair your shorts with a top that is a breathable, great fabric. Pair them with a cotton band tee that you can tie up, or a crocheted top that air can easily flow through, keeping you cool. Another great option is a white linen top that is loose fitting and flowy. I like to wear a white sports bra or cotton bra under these, to catch any possible boob sweat.

Less fabric may seem enticing when you’re peering through your closet on an extra humid day, but skin on skin causes sweat, and if there is nothing there to absorb it, that can get a bit uncomfortable or cause a rash. <— not fun. Check out my favorite fabrics above for some tips on what fabric you wanna look for.


  1. Andrea Serra
    June 8, 2018 / 11:06 AM

    This was very helpful thanks Kristen your so awesome!!!

  2. June 8, 2018 / 11:52 AM

    Awesome post and thank you so much for sharing!
    I’m so guilty of wearing denim in sweltering hot weather but as a bigger girl, I do love a long denim shorts outfit with a vest / tee 😁 Give me winter and hoodies any day 😂


  3. Louise Sharpy
    June 8, 2018 / 12:13 PM

    Love this. So many ideas. I was born and raised in Michigan, and your suggestions are spot on. I also just adore all your outfits you wear Thanks for all you do…….and for you 🌸

  4. Melissa
    June 8, 2018 / 9:33 PM

    I live in the Quad Cities and swore I saw you today! I wasn’t going crazy. Haha! Hope you enjoy your time with your mom and the humidity. 😊

  5. Carrie
    January 7, 2019 / 10:41 AM

    Hi I have a wedding in July in texas and its semi formal help??

  6. Jessica
    May 6, 2020 / 8:43 AM

    Very helpful for my move to Louisiana this summer! Definitely saving this one!

    • kristenleanne
      May 8, 2020 / 10:19 AM

      yay! I used to live in Louisiana for a little while, definitely need these tips for there!!

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