How to Work Summer Into June Gloom

How to Work Summer into June Gloom

During the summer, it’s not always hot, sunny, and warm. Coastal regions of southern California experience what is colloquially known as “May Gray” or “June Gloom.” This is when thick, heavy fog and overcast skies sit on the horizon. The resulting weather can be a mixed bag, producing drizzle and cool air. Sometimes, this phenomenon continues on into what is dubbed “No-Sky July” and “Fog-ust.” If you’re heading West during this time, you may not get the sunny days and clear skies you’re hoping for. No need to fret, though. There’s plenty of ways to get the most out of your experience while beating the moody weather blues. Browse our list of ideas on how to keep busy and have fun during your trip. We’ve also included outfit ideas to help you pack!

Visit a Museum or Art Gallery

When it’s damp and cold out, museums and art galleries offer a warm, dry space to enjoy the day. There’s no better way to lift the mood than to surround yourself with art, sculpture, and design. This is also a great opportunity to learn more about California and its history. From the Getty in Lose Angeles to the Monterey Museum of Art, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

With so much to explore, you’ll be spending the better part of the day on your feet. You’ll want a look that’s comfy and casual yet cute and unique. A white T-shirt and jeans are a classic combo that’s easy to personalize. Wear this outfit with sneakers, rain boots, flip flops, or slides. Use accessories like jewelry or a scarf to show off your personality. Finish it off with a windbreaker or rain jacket to protect against the drizzle and provide warmth.

Take a Scenic Drive

Dark skies and drizzle can make for some spectacular views. Why not rent a car and take a mini road trip down the coast? You’ll be able to enjoy the scenery while staying warm and dry. California’s Pacific Coast Highway is one of the most famous scenic drives in the world. No matter where you start or end, there’s plenty to do and see. Do some research online or ask the front desk of your hotel for ideas on where to stop to visit or eat.

Since you’ll be sitting for most of the drive, it’s a good idea to wear something comfy with a bit of stretch. Women’s khaki pants are a great option since they’re both stylish and roomy enough to move in. You’ll stay comfy while you drive and look great for any pictures you stop and take. Wear your cargo pants with a tee or button-up shirt, and add sneakers to finish off the look. Need an extra layer? Throw on a lightweight hoodie or cardigan to complete the look.

Relax at a Spa

What better way to lift the mood on dreary days than a bit of pampering at the spa? Whether you’re going for a day trip or spending the night, it’s a great way to relax and unwind. From hot yoga and mud baths to skin treatments and massages, there’s something for everyone. Enjoy the experience solo, or book a couple’s treatment to share with your partner.

Some spas may have dress codes, but for the most part, the goal is to be as comfy as possible. Since you’ll be spending most of the time in a robe, you won’t have to worry much about your outfit. Avoid anything restrictive and go for loose or oversized pieces instead. This is the perfect time to break out the loungewear! You can also rock yoga pants and a tee as your pre- and post- spa look.

Go for a Hike

If you’re itching to get outdoors, consider going for a hike to avoid the dense weather. California has hundreds of trails to explore, many of which wind up tall mountain peaks. The marine layer that causes "June Gloom” tends to hover at a low elevation. If you can get up above 3,000 feet, you’ll have the best chance of seeing the sun. Hiking is also great for stretching your muscles, exploring nature, and enjoying some incredible views. You can’t beat women’s activewear for a hike. The moisture-wicking fabric will keep you cool and dry while you work up a sweat. Many pieces also feature UV-protective properties to shield your skin from the harmful effects of the sun. For added protection against mosquitos and ticks, go for a pair of long hiking pants or leggings.

You may not get a lot of sunshine on your trip to California this summer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it. Dress for the weather and try one of these activities to make the most out of dreary days. Be sure to also pack overcast essentials, like umbrellas and windbreaker jackets. Lands’ End has everything you need to stay warm and dry on cold, drizzly days.


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