(Closed) Dressing professionally in the frigid cold???

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 2
1552 posts
Bumble bee

Layering! Its not anywhere near that cold here but as soon as it hits the minuses I layer up. Underneath my work trousers I wear leggings and 2 pairs of knee high socks. Dont even attempt a dress. I wear my warmest boots and take a spare pair to change into at work (you can take the knee high socks off at work). I wear a vest (or two) underneath my top and jumper and a hoody over the top. This is all under my coat and scarves gloves hats etc then when I get to work I basically strip off everything. Its annoying but definitely beats freezing on the way to work (im outside for about 30-40 minutes each way to and from work) and as long as you take off all the top layers and change footwear you will still be pretty comfortable through the day. 

Post # 4
3729 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: City, State

FutureMrsHodgy:  I wear leggings under my pants, uggs, and 4 shirts. When I get to the office I strips, but I look professional in dress pants, a sweater, and a blazer. Layers are my friends

Post # 5
4242 posts
Honey bee

This is basically my life. I don’t know what -14F is in Celsius, but where I live it’s quite cold almost year round. 

I will often do base layers- long underwear under pants and shirts, extra sweaters on top- and change when I get to work. Extra socks, warm boots, several layers of mitts. For me, the worst thing is my face- I find it the hardest to protect but I have a nice giant scarf and a fir ,used hood, so that helps. 

When it gets really cold (-40s and colder), I abandon any idea of looking cute in my winter gear and on go the wind pants, giant boots, giant mitts, etc. the important thing to remember is you can always get to work a little early, change and freshen up. 

Post # 6
4242 posts
Honey bee

Oh, and I wear dresses ill the time- but those are definitely wind pants days! 

Post # 7
2456 posts
Buzzing bee

No one could possibly fault you for dressing appropriately for the weather, so layering in this weather IS professional- it is conveying the message that even though the cold is SO BRUTAL that the TV weather forecasters are telling us that if at all possible we should stay home, we are STILL willing to fight the elements to get to work.

My best BEST find this year is silky soft underwear that I can wear under my slimmest slacks. It’s called “32(degree symbol) HEAT. I wear it under everything. I will be wearing a long simple dress this coming Friday to play a benefit, and YEP I’ll be wearing long undies under my dress.

Any boss who doesn’t notice howhard you are trying to be at work and at your best should go out and play in the snow!

Post # 8
5154 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

FutureMrsHodgy:  So I am a teacher and I have outdoor bus duty every single day (morning and afternoon) so I’m outside for about 20 minutes. I have SO many cute dresses/skirts that I would be fine to wear if I was just coming in from the parking lot and staying inside all day.

So…lots of pants (unfortunately) in the wintertime. I also wear snowboots and bring flats if I want to wear them during the day. I just stuff my pants into my snowboots when I go outside (so professional – I know). I guess maybe I am in a less professional environment (since its not an office) but I dress to keep myself warm and then make whatever changes inside that I need to (changing shoes, etc.). 

It’s 2 degrees here today so you can just imagine how thrilled I am to have to go outside shortly…

Post # 9
949 posts
Busy bee

I just wear layers when it’s really cold here. That way I can take the top layers off without freezing to death outdoors, FutureMrsHodgy:  

Post # 10
3754 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I never have a need for them where I live, but I’ve seen fleece lined leggings in the store before. Might be something to look into.  

Post # 11
621 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

FutureMrsHodgy:  haha glad you mentioned the fahrenheit, I was thinking -14 isn’t cold at all! (celsius). Where I live we are used to -30 to -40, and today we have 176km wind gusts.


Lots of layers!! (:

Post # 12
7899 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Sometimes when it’s really cold, I’ll wear knee socks with my pants. If I’m wearing a knee length dress or skirt, I wear sweater tights and knee high boots. 

Post # 13
2890 posts
Sugar bee

When it’s -30 celsius like today (yay Canada), I accept the fact I can’t possibly look as good, because weather. I’m usually wearing fleece tights under my pants, layering tops and my hair is up in a bun because there’s no point in styling them, I’ll wear a wool hat. I’m also wearing big winter boots because I walk to the office and I’m wearing wool socks on top of my tights. I often feel like a bag of potato on those days, but at least I’m not freezing. 😀

Post # 14
207 posts
Helper bee

I bundle up and wear boots and when I get to work I unbundle and change my shoes. This week I had to look extra nice because we had a client in so I wore a blazer while the client was in and as soon as they left I  swaped the blazer for a warm sweater that I brought with me. I wore fleece leggings under a wool skirt (had to bring static spray) and with my heeled boots no one could tell I wasn’t wearing tights. 

I park in a garage 3 blocks from my office so even though I can look nice inside the walk to and from my car, not to mention walking to the courthouse which is 3 blocks away can be chilly.



Post # 15
811 posts
Busy bee

fleece leggings/tights. go to macys/nordstrom and get a good pair ($12-14). make sure they cover your feet!

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