Dressing for work when it’s freezing outside can be tricky. You want to be warm and comfortable — but also professional.
Doing both isn’t easy, but it is possible
Here are five tips for dressing professionally when it’s freezing out:
1. Wear a long coat, scarf, polo necks and gloves.
Consider wearing a coat made with a heavy weight fabric, ideally wool. Then accessorize the coat with a scarf and a pair of gloves.
What you wear when you’re commuting to work matters. If you’re comfortable during your ride or walk to work, you will have less of a need to warm up when you arrive at the office.
Also, as long as those accessories are not old or tattered, they tend to look nice and professional — so you should not feel the need to immediately rip them off the moment you walk through the door.
2. Invest in boots.
Your feet are susceptible to freezing in comparison to other parts of your body.
Don’t wear heels to work when it’s raining just so you can look professional or cute; it’s dangerous. Wear boots and change once you arrive at the office if you must. Some boots may, however, also look professional when worn with the right outfit.
3. Keep a shawl or extra blazer in your bag.
The office may be chilly sometimes during the cold months. Having an extra blazer or shawl may save you on days when you’re freezing in the office. Plus, a shawl can double as a blanket and you’ll still look professional if you walk around the office with it wrapped around your upper body.
4. Keep a pair of ‘fingerless’ gloves at the desk.
You can keep your hands warm while working on days when the office is cold. Fingerless gloves are also easier to type in than regular gloves, and they’re less noticeable.
5. Thick layers and fabrics
Wearing a sweater over a nice dress shirt, for example, offers some flexibility. You’ll look professional when you’re chilly and the sweater is on, and when you get warm and take it off.
You can also layer by wearing warm socks, long tights under your clothes.
Wool is arguably the most effective fabric in the cold. Synthetic fabrics are an excellent alternative during the cold season and should be layered with wool for added protection.