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What to Wear in San Diego

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What to wear in San Diego? Jeans and a T-shirt will have you covered in most situations, but here’s a short list of additional items to make your trip more comfortable and fun.

What to Wear in San Diego

From a windbreaker to water shoes, you’ll want to make sure you have this San Diego clothing in your bag before you leave home.

Activewear

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This might be the most fitness-oriented city you’ve ever visited, so come prepared for all the hiking, biking, jogging, surfing, and yoga. San Diegans are often on their way to or from some sort of active pursuit. Pair yoga pants or men’s athleisure pants with a wicking tank top, and you’ll fit right in with this on-the-go crowd.

Padres Cap

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What to wear in San Diego if you really want to fit in? A Padres cap, of course. Everyone will take kindly to you, plus you’ll have decent protection from the constant sun.

Athletic Sunglasses

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In San Diego, durable shades are a must-have, whether you’re biking, engaging in watersports, or just lounging on the beach.

Water Shoes

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Comfortable aqua socks are multipurpose in San Diego: Use them for wading into the tide, as well as during a sunset yoga session.

Light Daypack

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Whether you’ve decided to hike Torrey Pines or Sunset Cliffs, throw on a light, comfortable backpack to carry your day’s needs.

Sunscreen

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This is one of the world’s sunniest cities, so when planning what to wear in San Diego, remember that your organic SPF 50 should go on before even your underwear does.

Dress Shirt or Blouse

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When it comes to San Diego clothing, casual is usually best. But at most upscale restaurants, a button-up shirt or nice dress will help you fit in—although jackets and ties are rarely, if ever, required.

Windbreaker

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In San Diego, beach gear is great for daytime, but you’ll want a sweater or light jacket for the evenings or for windy days on the water.

Flip-Flops

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If you’re not wearing flip-flops, you’ll probably be the only one.

Coverup

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For sun protection, or if you’re feeling modest by the pool or on the beach, throw on a stylish coverup or sarong.

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—Original reporting by Avital Andrews. Follow her on Twitter @avitalb.

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