Dressing for Extremely Warm Weather

We just got back from a short trip to Puerto Morelos, Mexico, which is about an hour south of Cancun. Two of my friends got married (!!) at a nearby resort so we just had to make the trip down.

Since my partner and I both work at non-profits, an all-inclusive resort was not really in our budget (or style), so we stayed at a nearby AirBnB┬áthat was still beachside and had a pool so we weren’t exactly roughing it.

I think in general I am a pretty good packer, and especially for how hot and humid the Mayan Riviera is, it really doesn’t make sense to feel precious about what you’re wearing because you will sweat right through it. In hindsight, I probably could have packed even less because I just ended up re-wearing sweaty t-shirts when we weren’t out on the beach, but a few pieces I brought really stood out as MVPs.

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I wore my Brass Clothing tank maxi to my friends’ wedding, which was on the beach (thankfully) with a bit of breeze. The tank maxi is jersey fabric that feels like pajamas but looks quite fancy. I tied it at the bottom so it wouldn’t get sandy during the ceremony so this picture it looks quite dorky, but it was a good weight and choice for an outdoor, tropical wedding. (My partner wore an Everlane linen shirt, which looked great and probably saved him from heatstroke, although he still felt quite near death from the heat.)

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I got this Athleta Wailea astra dress off Poshmark about a year after it came out, and boy am I glad I had it.

I wore this to my friends’ cocktail reception the day before the wedding and I believe that truly there is no better fabric for hot temperatures than featherweight stretch┬ábecause it doesn’t wrinkle, is basically water resistant, quick-drying and lightweight. It’s even better when you can find it secondhand.

As for swimsuits, I brought an Albion Fit top (*that doubles as a sports bra) and a pair of old black bottoms as well as a vintage-inspired suit from Beverly Swimwear. Albion Fit is an ethically-minded fitness and swimwear company based in the US with a factory in Guatemala, and Beverly Swimwear is a one-woman operation in California with materials purchased in the USA.

I really didn’t take too many pictures, since mostly we just relaxed on the beach, read, and then found food in town to stuff our faces with, but it was a lovely trip and I totally recommend the AirBnB route if you’re thinking about going to the Yucatan!