There’s me, a long-overdue trip to the west coast (the Bay Area to be exact) and the opportunity to ogle—and be inspired by—the fashion, which notably contrasts summer attire in New York, my home turf. How come? For one thing, no matter the height of the temps, the heat is dry vs. humid. It’s also crisp and cool every morning and night. (Sweater season really is an annual thing here.) Not only that, the range of activities varies quite a bit. In one day, I popped to a park, a museum, a farmers market, sat poolside and went on a micro-hike, checking out what locals were wearing all along the way.
So, what is everyone in Northern California wearing? The vibe is a mix of coastal grandmother meets Paris with one notable difference: layers, always layers. Here, my top six NorCal-approved looks.