Elsewhere on the Internets, I was chatting with a few pals. Someone asked about transitional outerwear.
In San Francisco, where I now work, we are always transitioning. Within hours, in fact. Because we live on a bay, or The Bay as we say, our marine layer makes frequent surprise appearances. We’ve learned to cope. Tourists, on the other hand, are often caught shivering in shorts or dressed as for a Northwestern forest – fleece and petrochemically derived garments in full force.
Come time for Spring, San Franciscan’s are ready. No one piece solves every moment of transitional seasons, or transitional cities, for that matter.
We’ve learned to arm ourselves with classics, and layer them like crazy. Classics become classic for good reason – their material and silhouettes make them both useful and good-looking, as my mother says. And they tend to go with everything, meaning you’ll never wear a purple ruffled jacket over pink thermal henley unless you want to.
Here’s what you will find San Franciscans wearing, throughout the year.
The most classic of all layerable outerwear (you see, that’s the category we’re in, right?), is a trench coat. Or a trench jacket. One does not have to spend bushels of dough. Don’t let Burberry convince you they are the De Beers of De Trench. This is by A.P.C.
Nobody’s required to do beige, either, says Old Navy.
The list of trench options goes on. I have a short one from Gryphon, whose line is a little too quirky this year for my tastes. And another one in black, from Nordstrom for $120. My J. Crew Field Jacket is an infantry version, in essence. If you want a trench, I guarantee you can find one.
I’d award second place in Layerable Outerwear to the venerable peacoat. Mine’s from Costco and cost all of $60, but if you want to go luxe, of course, you can. Malene Birger, in linen. Now sold out, but my goodness how lovely.
A denim jacket always comes in handy. Multiple colors, if you please.
And finally, if you’d like to wander over to the other-era side of classics, there’s the actual Spring Coat. This one’s from Madewell.
Has its distinct charms, does it not? Charms an unzipped North Face windbreaker, or pink Patagonia fleece for that manner, can’t quite muster. Remember, out and about, one’s coat makes all the introductions.
If I’ve missed a category, you will speak up, won’t you?