Q&A: How to Stay Warm at Work

December 18th, 2007

Q:  I work in an office where the temperature is always cold, so I’m looking for a fleece or heavy cardigan. I am leaning towards a North Face fleece for comfort, but I think this will look ugly right? Can you recommend something?

Luxe Poncho at GapA:  Skip the North Face fleece.  Sure, it’s comfortable and warm, but you sacrifice style.  Fleece jackets are fine for outdoorsy activities, but they don’t belong in the office (unless the jacket bears a company logo–but still, tsk tsk).

Layering is a practical way to keep warm without pulling out the fleece jacket.  You’d be amazed how warm you can keep by simply combining multiple thin layers.  The canonical combo is the v-neck sweater over the blouse over the thin t-shirt. But you can mix things up–try, for example, doubling up on the tees and layering a wrap sweater over them.

Worse comes to worse, try bundling up with a sweater or cozy poncho.  Chunky knits are big this season, and they’re the perfect solution for those of us who sit directly underneath a drafty air vent. 

Pictured: Luxe Poncho | $78 at Gap.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. mintie  |  December 18th, 2007 at 10:15 pm

    Cashmere. Lightweight, gorgeous and superbly warm.

    I work in an office that shuts off the heat at 6 pm… but I start at 7pm and work till 4 am. I wear cashmere, a fashionable scarf and fingerless gloves. Keeps me cozy.

  • 2. Joe Weber  |  December 19th, 2007 at 12:43 pm

    Dig the blog a LOT!
    Nice style and I like the way you discuss the problems . Iā€™m going to book mark it.

  • 3. cozy  |  December 19th, 2007 at 2:19 pm

    I prefer silk underwear. I was given a set of silk “long john” underwear which included cropped leggings, long sleeved top, short sleeved top and a tank. Any combination of the pieces keep me comfortably warm.

  • 4. Carrie  |  December 21st, 2007 at 2:37 am

    My office is so cold in the winter. I wear leggings and a long-sleeve shirt under my clothes. I also layer with scarves, jackets, and fingerless gloves. But my best method is to put a heating pad on my chair. It really works!

  • 5. Trisha  |  December 22nd, 2007 at 11:03 pm

    Great suggestions, all!  I’ll have to try the heating pad :)

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