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From a local
I'm a 22 year old local and I like to think I have a pretty fashion forward sense of style. I have a basic San Francisco uniform that you can't go wrong with: start with a dark turtleneck (I wear black) with a pair of skinny jeans. Add on a pair of flat boots over the jeans, a draped scarf, and a nice wool coat. If it's really cold, just add a sweater over the turtleneck. The flat boots are great for walking all over the city, and the jeans into boots look is pretty much ubiquitous. You can easily dress this look up by wearing a nicer scarf and switching the boots with a pair of heels.
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The city of muted colors.
If you don't want to stick out in San Francisco, refrain from wearing loud, bright, pastel colors, a dead giveaway that you are a tourist, :)). Unlike LA and other Southern California towns, we dress conservatively and comfortably in general, with usually earth tone colors and your basic black. This is a reflection of San Francisco's climate, I think. Seemingly, the sun is filtered, which makes colors muted but more vivid. Also, always carry a sweater or a light jacket (or both) with you. The weather changes not only from different times of the day but from one neighborhood to the other. The Sunset and Richmond District, for instance, are usually colder than SOMA and the Mission District.
A Bit Dressy
It is typical for people on an outing (that is leaving your dwelling for something other than buying the paper) to be a bit dressy. That's not to say you'll be shunned if you wear acid-washed jeans and a T-shirt, but it is not readily accepted in some places. While going out to eat you should be at least 'smart casual.' For a guy that's khakis and a polo shirt, and a skirt and nice top for women.
Be sure to bring layerable...
Be sure to bring layerable clothing. It usually is NOT hot in SF proper, and it usually IS cold at night (cold enough for a leather coat - fleece pullovers work well too) and is often breezy. It can rain on a fairly consistent basis from mid January through late March, so keep that in mind.
If you leave SF proper however (and head North over the Golden Gate Bridge or East over the Bay Bridge) the temperature can vary drastically - much hotter in the summer and colder in the winter. A 10-20 degree (F) temperature difference is not uncommon.
Weather predictions seem very innacurate most of the time, but I found the best to be www.sfgate.com/weather.
Also, the hills in San Francisco are as bad as they are rumored to be, and they can be extremely difficult to traverse by foot - so be sure to wear comfortable shoes if you plan on walking.
Just a small useful tip for...
Just a small useful tip for visitors: bring a warm jacket or sweater. San Francisco's fog shrouds the city and temperature does dip regardless of the month. So don't be surprised if you catch locals wearing coats on a summer night. If you really want to know, the warmest months in SF tend to be September and October but still bring your jacket!
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