13 Summer Trends Translated For S.F.’s Chilly Temps!

The days of prancing around in flimsy frocks are pretty limited in S.F., thanks to our sometimes bone-chilling, non-existent summer. We know we so-often lament this factoid, but it’s a shame, really, that so many open-toed, short, and sheer pieces have to stay hidden in our closets in July and August.
But, to avoid major seasonal depression, we think there are two things you can do. First, unfollow those Instagram friends who seem to own only bikinis and are soaking up 80-degree weather on the reg. And then, take note of these 13 hot, of-the-moment trends reworked for S.F.’s unique summertime situation. While throwing on tights and a cardigan is an obvious answer, when Karl the Fog wants to play, there are more sartorially savvy solutions that will let you shine this season, no matter what the weatherman has to say about it.
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A tank, try a breathable sweater. Layer the sleeveless summer staple with a light, transportable peek-a-boo top. It can easily fit in your bag when you’re faced with S.F.’s famous hot-to-cold syndrome.

Étoile Isabel Marant Cilla Crochet Lace Pullover, $322, available at La Garconne.
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Open-toed espadrilles, try a closed-toed iteration. Keep those babies closed for business (and away from the fog) by looking for a pair that keeps your toes nice and toasty.

ASOS Highlife Suede Pointed Espadrille Wedges, $66, available at ASOS.
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A floppy beach hat, try a baseball cap. Trade in an impractical topper for this on-trend floral one.

ASOS Hawaiian Print Cap, $9, available at ASOS.
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A strapless sundress, try a frock with cutouts. After a weekend outside the city, your tan should not have to suffer just because the weather is not cooperating! Forgo the strapless sundress, but still give a glimpse of your golden glow.

Free People Fitted With Daises Dress, $128, available at Free People.
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A crop top, try a bralette worn with high-waisted pants and a jacket. A swift gust of wind after 3 p.m. and you’ll be wishing that cute crop top had a lot more fabric south of your belly button. Try this combo on for size!

Topshop Pastel Gingham Bralet, $50, available at Topshop.
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Sandals, try cutout booties. What is summer without sandals? The quick solution here is a pair of skin-revealing booties that don’t leave your feet out there to freeze.

Miista Andrea Open Toe Booties, $125, available at Shopbop.
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A bikini, throw a cool, long caftan over it. Sure, you can’t completely ditch your swimsuit (it is summer after all!), but it's wise to couple it with a calf-grazing caftan for those breezy days at Ocean Beach.

Two Monica Ikat Handloomed Sari Caftan, $290, available at Two New York.
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Cut-off jean shorts, try a pair of fashion-forward overalls. Unless you’re new in town, you know that shorts are pretty much always a gamble in S.F. Thanks to the influx of cool overalls out there (denim and otherwise) — you can don a pair just like you would your favorite shorts. Just add your favorite tee or button-up.

Boy. By Band of Outsiders Overalls in Verde, $322, available at Forward By Elyse Walker.
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A romper, try a jumpsuit. Rompers run rampant across the country in the summer — pretty much everywhere except in S.F. To jump on this trend, look for a sleeveless, long-legged onesie that's just as cute (and so much more warm).

Katydid Poplin Jumpsuit, $148, available at Anthropologie.
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A short summer dress, try one with long sleeves. Flirty, barely-there summer dresses are reserved for out-of-town weekend trips. If you’re staying in the city, stick with a long-sleeve mini dress that cuts the chill factor in half.

Something Else By Natalie Wood Night Wings Web Dress, $144, available at Acrimony.
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Bright shorts, try a pair of bold, printed bottoms. Believe us, they pack just as much punch as their shorter counterparts and you won't be left searching for your blankie on those long Dolores Park afternoons.

Tilly Cherry Blossom Cuff Trousers, $15, available at Boohoo.
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A beach bag, try a bright clutch. Who said a beach bag actually had to hit the sand? Get the same tropical, oceanside look with a colorful oversized clutch.

Sedgwick Olas and Olaf Clutch, $65 each, available at Refinery29 Shops.
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A body-con dress, try slimming track pants. Want to show off your hard work at the gym without baring too much bod? Try a pair of sleek track pants that instantly slim thanks to the trompe l'oeil racing stripe down both legs.

Jonathan Simkhai Geometric Triangle Print Track Pant, $345, available at Barneys New York.