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Fight Off the Office Frozen Tundra with Fashion!

It's summer so it's warm! Not so much for those spending their days in air-conditioned offices, it can often feel like a tundra. Overly chilled indoor environments are a common complaint, leaving many struggling to stay warm without compromising their summer style. Here are some clever fashion hacks to help you maintain a comfortable body temperature while still looking fabulous.

  1. Layer Wisely: Layering is the foundation of a versatile and functional wardrobe, especially in fluctuating temperatures. Start with a breathable base layer, such as a cotton or silk blouse that feels comfortable against the skin. Add a lightweight sweater or cardigan that can be easily removed if you step out for lunch in the sun or put back on in the chilly office. A stylish blazer (like this one) or structured jacket can also serve as a fashionable and professional outer layer.
  2. Invest in a Shawl: A shawl is an office essential if you don’t want to cover up your cute outfit! Draped over your shoulders, it offers just enough warmth without the bulkiness of a heavy coat. Choose one in a neutral color such as beige, gray, or navy to complement whatever outfit you’re wearing. It can also add a pop of color or a touch of elegance to a simple office dress.
  3. Use Thermal Layers Underneath: For those exceptionally chilly offices, consider thermal undergarments. Modern thermals are thin, lightweight, and fit snugly, so they won’t add bulk under your work clothes. Wear them under your regular office wear to provide an unnoticeable extra layer of warmth.
  4. Opt for Warmer Fabrics: Even in summer, you can opt for clothes made from slightly warmer fabrics that are still suitable for the season. Materials like bamboo, heavier silks, or fine knits provide warmth while remaining breathable and comfortable indoors.
  5. Keep Your Feet Warm: Cold feet can make the rest of your body feel freezing! Ditch the sandals and open-toe shoes when in the office and opt for closed-toe flats, loafers, or boots. You can also wear tights or socks to keep your feet warm—a stylish pair of socks can be paired well with boots or sneakers (like these patterned socks).
  6. Choose Pants Over Skirts: Swap out skirts for trousers to keep your legs warm without needing to rely on tights. Pants made from woven fabrics can offer more warmth than thin skirts and are still office-appropriate. For a summer-friendly approach, opt for ankle-length trousers (we have some you can check out ;)
  7. Have a Dedicated Office Blanket or Heater: Sometimes, simple solutions work best. Keep a small, stylish throw blanket at your desk to wrap around your legs or shoulders when it gets too cold. Some offices might also allow a small personal space heater under your desk—just be sure to check with your office policies first.
  8. Drink Warm Beverages: Keeping a thermos with a warm drink can help raise your body temperature. Regular sips of tea, coffee, or even warm water can provide a comforting warmth that radiates from within, plus it’s hydrating!

By integrating these fashion and lifestyle hacks into your daily work routine, you can stay comfortably warm without sacrificing your style—even when the office air conditioning is set to "frigid north." Dress smartly, layer appropriately, and you'll be able to focus on your work rather than the office thermostat! For some warm options, check out our selection!

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