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What to Wear in Orlando

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What to wear in Orlando changes with the seasons. Outfits range from fashion-forward to beachy classics. The constant is color: You’ll find it in everything from pastels to neon and everywhere from their feet to their earlobes.

10 Things to Wear in Orlando

Determined to blend in and be mistaken for a local? Focus on a great haircut, outfits that make the most of the sunshine, and layers that don’t feel heavy.  Deciding what to wear in Orlando is a balancing act of style and comfort.

At its best, Orlando clothing is fun, playful, cool, and helps you stay cool in the heat. Here’s what to wear in Orlando:

Shorts

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By day, bare legs are a common sight in Orlando. Want to join them? Pull out your short shorts. The “distressed” style is optional, but note that rocking a perfectly cuffed pair will net you funny looks. A pair of hybrid board-walking shorts work well in Orlando for guys looking to go straight from the pool to happy hour.

Jeans

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A great pair of jeans (skinny or boot cut) can carry you from an afternoon stroll to dinner out. Styling like a local all comes down to cut and color. Men, pack a straight and causal cut in a medium wash.

Blotting Paper

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Sun-kissed skin and glossy lips are popular among the locals. To get the look you’ll need to keep sweat and oily patches at bay.

Maxi Dress

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A maxi dress just might be the perfect Orlando clothing item for an afternoon boutique crawl followed by a dinner at a hot new restaurant. Dressing up is reserved for super special occasions, and with the right maxi dress (and accessories) you can skip the time of a trip back to the hotel to change for your night out.

Simple Sandals

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A cute pair of sandals that can be dressed up or down will save you time, and is almost never the wrong choice when it comes to what to wear in Orlando. Guys, go for a pair of boat shoes, like these from Zappos. When your day’s exploits move from comfort to classy, just add a few accessories, and you’ll be ready for a night out.

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Stepping indoors for a meal or activity? It’s not uncommon to find the air conditioning cranked to sub-zero lows. Having a pretty shawl that you can throw over your outfit is the ultimate what to wear in Orlando pro tip.

Comfortable Shoes

If the theme parks are in your plans, skip the heels and work with shoes that will keep you comfortable. Closed toes are required for some activities, so having a cute pair for women and a stylish pair for men is a great idea.

Easy Breezy Tops

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Locals know that simple tops that leave room for a wayward breeze but still keep you looking cool are a must. You’ll want more than a few of these in your arsenal of what to wear in Orlando.

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Leave your basic gold chain at home. In Orlando, necklines are adorned with bright, bold baubles.

Mickey Mouse

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Orlando is one of the few places in the world where you are guaranteed that your love of all things Disney will put you in good company. Grab your Mickey-emblazoned paraphernalia of choice (this Dooney and Burke bag is a good place to start) and let your fan flag fly.

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– Original reporting by Heather Greenwood-Davis

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