What to Wear in San Francisco, California

What to Wear in San Francisco Outfits 1-10 #travellight #packinglight #packinglist #traveltipsOutfit 1 – Black Tank | Black Cardigan | Black Pants | Sunglasses | Clutch | Riding Boots
Outfit 2 – Striped Shirt | Distressed Jeans | Hat | Purse | Converse
Outfit 3 – Kimono Top | Dark Denim | Sunglasses | Purse | Booties
Outfit 4 – Black Dress | Wrap Coat | Watch | Clutch | Booties
Outfit 5 – Patterned Top | Distressed Denim | Sunglasses | Purse | Riding Boots
Outfit 6 – Camel Sweater | Black Pants | Watch | Clutch | Riding Boots
Outfit 7 – Grey Pullover | Dark Denim | Hat | Scarf | Purse | Converse
Outfit 8 – Black Dress | Kimono Top | Purse | Riding Boots
Outfit 9 – White Blouse | Black Pants | Wrap Coat | Clutch | Booties
Outfit 10 – Black Tank | Black Cardigan | Distressed Jeans | Watch | Purse | Converse 

In my last post I put together a packing list for a reader who is taking a trip to San Francisco/San Diego over Christmas. I truly hope that you find it useful for your upcoming vacation.  In this post I am going to give a breakdown of 20 outfit option ideas (10 at the top and 10 at the bottom of page) that are built with these pieces, with room to make more with a little creativity.

The  trip is mostly a casual family vacation with a couple of nights out with her spouse.  Any of these outfit combinations are made casual just by switching shoes and accessories and then taken quickly to night-time looks by changing them again. If your coat won’t work in a more formal situation than your other option is to use the kimono jacket (or a blazer) for a suitable formal covering if the weather is cooler.

I like to make the most out of my closet so I tend to include items that do double or triple purpose in my packing lists, like a dress becoming a skirt when something is worn over, leggings being both night/lounge wear and to wear under a tunic, a kimono style jacket is used as a top over jeans, a light jacket over your shirt/sweater, or left open like a blazer over a blouse.

To get the most out of a travel wardrobe I try to include at least one item that is convertible that you can wear many ways to stretch your outfit options. I am contemplating buying a Chrysalis Cardi by Encircled for this very reason. So many looks are achieved with this one item that you could get a weeks worth of outfit from this one piece. Imagine the space you would save. Wear it as a scarf on the plane and you would barely have to pack a thing. Amazing. They also have many other convertible pieces like the Adiona Maxi Dress that I am also in love with. Now that is a smart concept.

Do you have a convertible piece in your wardrobe?

What to Wear in San Francisco Outfit 11-20 #travellight #packinglight #packinglist #traveltips
Outfit 11 – Camel Sweater | Distressed Jeans | Hat | Sunglasses | Purse | Converse
Outfit 12 – Black Dress | Grey Pullover | Hat | Purse | Converse
Outfit 13 – Striped Shirt | Black Pants | Sunglasses | Clutch | Riding Boots
Outfit 14 – Patterned Top | Dark Denim | Black Cardigan | Purse | Riding Boots
Outfit 15 – Kimono Top | Black Pants | Wrap Coat | Clutch | Booties
Outfit 16 – Grey Pullover | White Blouse | Distressed Jeans | Scarf | Purse | Converse
Outfit 17 – Camel Sweater | Black Dress | Sunglasses | Purse | Riding Boots
Outfit 18 – Striped Shirt | Dark Denim | Black Cardigan | Hat | Clutch | Converse
Outfit 19 – White Blouse | Distressed Jeans | Kimono Top | Clutch | Converse
Outfit 20 – Patterned Top | Black Pants | Watch | Sunglasses | Purse | Booties

If you like this post you can find more packing lists and outfit options in my:
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Sara is the founder and creative behind livelovesara. A George Brown College Fashion Styling Graduate, she provides advice on finding your personal style regardless of age and budget. She is always on the hunt for the perfect wardrobe piece and is a vintage and thrifting enthusiast who can't wait to share her newest finds. She is also trying to learn French.


    • I didn’t 😞 my husband was supposed to get it for Christmas. I left enough hints via text messages and leaving it open on his laptop but we all know how well men listen. He bought me a coffee maker instead 😂

  1. Hi Sara, I am traveling to San Fransisco the middle of October. What shall I wear and pack? I am in my early 50s and wang to be comfortable and stylish!

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