Despite the changing weather, the changing leaf colors and the changing MTA prices, one thing will always remain the same – and that is your freezing office.
While I could go on to write a five part essay about why all offices are always kept at a glacial temperature (my office actually ordered vests and blankets for everybody because they were tired of us complaining), I will instead provide you all with cute and professional ways you can stay warm that don’t include wearing a snuggie everyday.
1. Fur Vests
Fur Vests (or faux fur vests, if you please) are a great way to disguise how cold you really are while still being super fashionable. You can put them over sweaters, lightweight jackets, wear them with jeans, dresses, leggings, boots, snow boots, whatever. Keeping your core warm is super essential to maintaining a comfortable overall body temp, which subsequently keeps you happy and productive throughout the day.
2. Wool Leggings or Thick Jeans
You could do the old ‘thermals under the jeans trick,’ but then you just look like you pooped your pants and are constantly trying to waddle to the bathroom. Instead, invest in a pair of wool leggings (for girls), corduroy’s (for boys and girls) or jeans that are not paper thin. Citizens of humanity makes great thick jeans that are also stretchy enough so that you don’t feel like your legs are trapped in a prison. I also love to get corduroy pants from Gap, because they have 1,000 different colors and styles.
3. High Boots
My trick is to wear a dress or skirt to work and wear appropriately high boots to keep my legs warm instead of putting on tights in the middle of the summer. It’s fashionable, it’s warm and it’s work appropriate. I personally own a pair of Steve Madden over-the-knee boots, but Stuart Weitzman, king of the beautifully expensive, has multiple options as well, and, of course, you can also hit up your local DSW for more options.
4. Fuzzy Socks
Bring some fuzzy socks to work! Though this might not be the most professional look, slip off your shoes and put on some socks while you’re at your desk. I’ve definitely read that most of our body heat as humans escapes through our appendages, so keep fuzzy socks and fingerless gloves at your disposal. While I think a hat in the office might be overboard, I also am not opposed to it (and have done it many times).
Good luck, and bundle up!