Dressing for weather in San Francisco isn’t the same as what it was like in Seattle or Spokane. There aren’t really four defined seasons here, just cold season and warm season, which my previous wardrobe wasn’t built for. Most days during fall and winter I don’t really need to wear my down North Face jackets which leaves room for lots of layers.
So what am I wearing in my new city this time of the year?
- Neutral sunnies – I’ve found myself grabbing for my sunglasses every single morning before I leave my apartment. San Francisco may not be like Southern California but there is a lot of sun and it can be very bright.
- Down vest – The down vest, I’ve found, has become a Financial District staple. It’s just the right amount of covering to keep you warm in the crisp breeze of the city without committing to a whole puffy jacket. I love popping mine over a plaid shirt or sweater.
- Knit dress – I don’t know what else to say about knit dresses other than they’re super comfortable for work and go great with just about all my jackets and shoes. At the end of summer I bought this dress in a few different colors and have been living in it all fall so far.
- Basic flats – Who doesn’t need a good pair of flats in their closet? I wear mine so much in the city that I should probably start stashing a pair in my work bag.
- Anorak – This is the perfect jacket for city living in the Bay. It’s light but keeps me warm enough in the wind during the day. It also looks great when layered over jeans, skirts, and dresses.
- Black skinny jeans – Black skinnies are a must for everyday wear. Perfect to wear with booties and boxy sweater or with a blouse and sexy sandals. These are just as essential as classic blue denim.
- Chunky sweater – It seems that no matter where I live, a box knit sweater is a good piece to have in my closet. We all know sweaters are great for jeans, skirts, and dresses alike.
- Blanket scarf – One of the best ways to combat a chilly day is to throw on a scarf over your favorite shirt or dress. Because it can be quite windy in the city, a chunky knit wrapping to keep the neck and chest warm without a jacket is the perfect layer.
- Classic button down – I love my button downs and popovers for everything. They’re great tucked into skirts and layered under jackets and sweaters for cooler days.
- Booties – A good pair of booties goes a long way in SF. They’re comfortable enough for tackling the city’s infamous hills and versatile enough for work during the day and then for grabbing happy hour drinks.
- Versatile skirt – One of my favorite parts of living in warmer weather has been being able to wear skirts often during the fall and winter. They’re easy to pair with blouses and t-shirts for completely different looks,