What to Wear in San Francisco

San Francisco weather is unlike any weather I’ve ever experienced before.

I’ve lived in:

  • New York – Humid Summers, Cold Snowy Winters.
  • Southern California – Pleasant, Sunny.
  • Las Vegas – Hot, Dry Summers, Surprisingly Chilly Winters.
  • The Peninsula (SF Bay Area) – Warm Summers, Mild Winters.

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What to Wear in San Francisco

The weather is very confusing here. Spring and Fall are absolutely beautiful, but the temperature and how it feels outside can fluctuate a lot from morning to afternoon to night. The weather here in San Francisco demands that you layer. It may be foggy and freezing in the morning, but warm and sunny in the afternoon. Then, chilly again as the sun sets.

LOFT Outlet

That’s why when I’m going out for the day, I know exactly what to wear in San Francisco. I put on a t-shirt, I grab a light sweater and a scarf, then I top my look off with a light faux-leather jacket. I normally put on a pair of jeans or comfortable pants and sneakers. The hills can be difficult to climb here so walkable footwear is a MUST.

Layer, Layer, Layer

Layering always pays off. As the afternoon warms up, I tend to remove my jacket. It may not get warm enough to justify taking my sweater off, but my t-shirt is there just in case I need it. It’s always best to be prepared when selecting your ensemble in San Francisco.

Practical Accessories

To carry things throughout the day, especially if you’re shopping, bring a tote. I love my Clinique tote. I received it from Clinique’s most recent gift with purchase. It is a high-quality tote, much better than free totes brands usually hand out. It’s durable, colorful, and very practical. Since shopping bags will cost you an extra $0.10 here, it’s best to have something reusable on hand.

Overall, comfort is key. Looking effortless is a bonus. Being prepared for the fluctuating temperatures will keep you comfortable and show everyone that you know how to look chic in San Francisco. Now, go ahead and enjoy San Francisco like the savvy dresser that I know you are!


How is the weather where you live? Do you have tips about what to wear in San Francisco?

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  1. September 15, 2019 / 10:36 am

    I went in July and luckily I knew about the weather!! Wish I had seen your post though, it’s fab! X

    • Morgan Celeste
      September 15, 2019 / 9:38 pm

      Thank you so much!! Good thing you knew! ????

  2. June 10, 2019 / 11:39 pm

    This looks and sounds like a wonderful place to visit! I’ve only been to San Diego, CA and I loved it! It was so beautiful there too. I live in Michigan. Our weather is all over the place lol. I’ve also lived in Las Vegas in the past as well.

    • Morgan Celeste
      June 11, 2019 / 6:59 am

      I love San Diego! San Francisco is denser and the Victorian homes and hills make it a unique city. It’s definitely worth a visit!

  3. Linda
    June 10, 2019 / 5:58 pm

    This is such a beautiful post. I used to live in Sacramento and I visited the Bay Area often. You are so right about layering your clothes. The weather changes throughout the day. Thank you for the memories. ????????????????

    • Morgan Celeste
      June 10, 2019 / 6:06 pm

      You’re so welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for sharing ????????

  4. June 10, 2019 / 5:31 pm

    Definitely helpful! I might be spending a day there this summer due to a layover! ????

    • Morgan Celeste
      June 10, 2019 / 5:38 pm

      Now you’ll be prepared – I’m glad this was helpful! Summer (except today, we’re having a heatwave) is surprisingly chilly in SF!

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