One of the most frequent questions people ask me here in San Francisco is how the city is different from New York. I usually say the weather is consistently beautiful, people are a gazillion times more laid-back and friendly, and there's a better work-life balance. What I usually don't say is that the general relaxation of the city extends to its fashion. It's not that people here don't have style or aren't interested in clothes, it's just that everyone dresses way more casually than in New York. I refuse to assimilate totally--I still wear heels every day, after all--but over time, I have a feeling my style will evolve in a more California direction. A nice bridge between the East and West Coast way of dressing is embellished sweatshirts--think of them as fancy enough for New York but laid-back enough for San Francisco. All of the styles pictured here are under $50 too, a price that's nice no matter where you live.
1. Xhilaration Beaded Sweatshirt, $22.99
2. Zara Glitter Finish Sweatshirt, $49.90
3. Y.A.S. Contrast Panel Sweatshirt, $50.63
4. Limited Lace-Sleeve Sweatshirt, $49.95
5. Old Navy Embellished Raglan Sweatshirt, $17