Post # 1
Hey, my bank has a very strict business dress code, and I struggle to figure out ways to stay warm during cold months. I generally wear a pantsuit with a shirt or a dress with heels to the office. When I think about cold months my brain just go blanck and I can’t think about how to stay warm. I bought a couple of cashemere jumpers and plan to wear them with dress pants and a shirt, but it doesn’t feel business enough to me. What do other bees with strict dress code do?
Post # 2
Cuddleduds under your clothes and/or a small space heater. The cuddleduds are really amazing – I had the tank top and the short sleeved one for work. I still use the leggings when I walk my dogs in the depth of winter.
Post # 3
Is your concern being cold coming to work and going home, or is the temperature at your bank kept too cold for you to be comfortable while at work? If the former, bundle up in layers that can be removed at work, such as heavy coats, scarves, etc.
While at work, are you required to wear a suit jacket? I know a woman at work (we are lawyers) who frequently wears a cardigan underneath her suit jacket, and sometimes she layers a cardigan on top of a thin sweater or long-sleeved blouse, and then her suit jacket on top of all that. She always looks very elegant and professional.
If not required to wear a suit jacket or blazer, consider wearing one anyway for some extra warmth.
Also look into heavier suiting fabrics (wool, maybe?) and wear tights under your dresses.
Post # 4
Do you sit at a desk or stand and walk around? If you sit at a desk, you could leave wake slippers under your desk and stick your feet in them. Nobody would see.
Post # 5
Cuddleduds are great. And I second the heater…cause I have one of those at work too.
Post # 6
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Wool tights are my usual go-to in winter months at the office. Under a suit I swap my silky cami for a fleecy one, and wear wool black socks.
Post # 7
Layering is your friend. One optioin you could go for is to wear a thin silk or wool cami underneath your shirt, as a base layer. I would consider wearing a thin sweater between your shirt and blazer, if you think you could pull it off, or alternatively wearing a wool or cashmere knit vest might also add warmth, without adding bulk to your sleeves.
Wool tights are also a go-to of mine during the colder months, and if it’s super chilly, I have been known to wear wool cycle shorts between my tights and my skirt/dress. They don’t add bulk, but they do add a nice amount of warmth.
Post # 8
smart wool knee socks to go under your pants, i also have fleece lined tights to wear under pants. look into under layers meant for skiing.
Post # 9
Are you able to bring in a space heater? I keep one at my desk and it’s a godsend in the winter!
Post # 10
I second what others have said, I wear thermal tights under all my work pants (and will probably get thermal tops for this winter to go under my blouses as well). I also wear blanket scarves with my winter jackets, and on really cold days wrap myself in them when I’m at my desk (not super professional I realize so not sure if this would be an option for you!)
Post # 11
I went bald due to a medical condition, and lost a lot of weight, so am always cold.
Keep your neck warm with a stylish scarf. Keep a nice sweater or pashmina handy to put on when you’re feeling cold. You can always put a base layer under your clothes – I like the Old Navy Go Warm brand – fairly cheap, and very warm. I even sleep in them in the winter (they also have compression tights, so you get the benefit of compression as well as warmth). They look great under a skirt
Post # 12
I had to google cuddleduds but seems like a good idea! I can’t really do too many layers, but may be wearing a T-shirt under my shirt or smth could work. The tempterature at the office is kept low, to keep everyone awake. The space heater won’t work as it’s a giant trading floor… I will also check out some quality pashminas for when I am sitting down!
Thanks for the tips bees!
Post # 13
Tights under trousers? Thick woolley socks in ankle boots?
Cami or t-shirt under shirt?
Thin leggings under suit skirt into boots?
Scarf to keep your neck warm?
Post # 14
Or keep a hot thermos of tea at your desk?
Post # 15
Fleece lined leggings! I got a great pair at Marshalls and I put them under every pair of pants during the winter. Dress pants, under dresses occasionaly, and even under jeans.