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Hi, I'm traveling to San Francisco on Dec. 13th- 20th and need to know some cute trendy ideas for dressing to be comfortable for sightseeing and to stay warm...Any help will be greatly appreciated!! Thanks!

Hi! I'm so excited you get the chance to visit San Francisco this week.

Thank you for your question. This is a great one and I am surprised I don't get this one more often!

San Francisco this time of year is cool with highs in the upper 50s and lows in the upper 40s. However, we are currently in a colder than normal situation with temperatures dipping down into the 30s!

I just checked the weather for your stay and it looks like it will be quite nice. The weather will be in the upper 50s each day with Saturday reaching a high of 60! However, keep your eye on it since the weather is REALLY cool here right now and the forecast may change at your trip gets closer!

San Francisco is a very casual town with many people wearing casual clothes to both work and play. You will often find people in nice designer jeans and fun, three quarter length sweaters.

The best way to pack is to create several outfits that offer a number of layers every day to stay warm (or to be able to remove items when it warms up a bit). I love wearing thin long sleeve shirts layered with a cute, long sweater.

I then always bring along a fun scarf that I can wear both indoors and outdoors. To add some color, I also will wear pashminas instead of a scarf. They are fun, colorful and very functional in SF’s cool winter weather. Plus, they are a great addition to your indoor outfit vs. a scarf which might be too bulky.

To keep warm, I add another medium weight jacket that I can add and remove as needed. It does not look like you will need a heavy jacket if the temperature warms up as much as the forecast says it will.

As I mentioned above, many people here wear jeans almost every day. However, if you want to dress things up a little, wearing a long skirt with some leggings underneath should give you the warmth you need both indoors and out.

Even at night, you will find that most places are casual. A nice pair of jeans along with a cute sweater or three quarter length blouse will be perfect most nights.

If you are heading to the Symphony, Ballet or Theater, you will find most people in business casual wear. This is what I recommend too, even though some people will be in casual attire. It’s also fun to dress up a little more for these events with more upscale dresses or long skirts.

I hope this is helpful for you as you pack for your upcoming trip! Have an amazing time in San Francisco and let me know if you have any additional requests before you leave!

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Events in December: This calendar offers you a list of the top events during your visit including theater performances, walking adventures and holiday lights tours. You will also find a list of all the museum exhibits and a few half-price ticket offers for the month.

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