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What to Wear: Microclimates

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There are many microclimates around the Bay Area. It might be 90 degrees and sunny in Silicon Valley and 60 degrees and foggy in San Francisco just 30 minutes away. How to dress moving between the local weather is a topic of much discussion. Folks waiting for their buses to the big tech hubs shiver in their summer dresses. Those who live and work in the City boast that they can wear the same wardrobe year-round because the average temperature is between 60 – 70 degrees.

J Crew blazer, similar here, J Crew tank top, J Crew skirt, Cole Haan heels.

J Crew blazer, similar here, J Crew tank top, J Crew skirt, Cole Haan heels.

Living in Silicon Valley, my issue is the reverse – when I leave my home in the morning it seems impossible to imagine the chill that will inevitably hit when I reach San Francisco. Layers are key. Everyone says it because it’s true. The same goes for anyone working in an over-conditioned office building. It might be super hot outside but offices tend to be freezing inside!

Blazer off and ready for dinner with my friend in sunny Silicon Valley!

This skirt, tank, and blazer combo works well for such situations. For my meeting at the California Academy of Sciences (an amazing place – plan a visit if you are in the area and haven’t been!) I chose my favorite lightweight blazer (more seasonally appropriate than darker wool options), a basic black pencil skirt and a tank that would let me transition to dinner back in Silicon Valley that evening. While not appropriate for on duty or in-office situations, the J Crew suiting tank is more substantial than an average camisole, so you can get away with wearing it alone after hours. As I mentioned here, I love J Crew and, yes, I notice that I am wearing almost entirely the brand today.

Where the Wild Things Are - Scenes from the San Francisco Cal Academy from top left: Parrots in the Amazon rain forest; sea life in the Philippine coast; a rare white alligator; shark and sting rays.

Where the Wild Things Are – Scenes from the San Francisco Cal Academy from top left: Parrots in the rain forest; Philippine coast sea life; a rare white alligator; shark and sting rays.