Summer in Charleston sort of hangs on you like a wet blanket—a very nice and elaborate blanket, but one nonetheless. And that’s the way we like it. The heat and humidity are a given. When asked by visitors if it’s always this hot, locals reply with the standard, “Oh, you should have been here last week.”

The trick to surviving a Charleston summer is in how you dress and what you drink. Here are a few tips to get you started:

1. Cotton. Sure, those new highfalutin fabrics are nice. Names so fancy they take five syllables, but nothing wicks moisture off your skin and is as soft as cotton.

2. Seersucker. A staple. Shorts, shirts, dresses, suits, you name it. Puckered cotton means less fabric is touching your skin.

3. Pimm’s Cup. Yes, it’s a British concoction and your pals will be asking you rules to the polo club they think you’ve joined, but it’s all good. While they conjure witty banter, you’ll be as cool as a cucumber.

4. Planter’s Punch. Some say it’s Charleston’s first cocktail. We’ll say you can’t go wrong with its simplicity. Rum, sugar and citrus.

Like we said, these are just to get you started. We can’t give you everything. And no, the summers actually aren’t that bad. With a steady breeze, the aroma of salt in the air and towering Live Oaks, fresh is close and hot stays at bay. Of course, you should have been here last week.

What would you add to the list we’ve started? Let us know what tips you have in your arsenal to keep cool in Charleston’s summer.