With the hot days of summer in full swing, many companies resort to blasting the AC to help employees escape from the heat. Though this is better than trying to concentrate at work while it’s just as hot at your desk as it is outside, it does make choosing an outfit difficult. So how do you dress when you have to survive the scorching trek from the T to your office, but have to bundle up to battle the tundra at work? YouGoz has the answer.
Leave a sweatshirt, sweater or jacket at your desk
This is an easy solution to keeping warm in the cold AC. Choose a sweater in a neutral color that goes with almost anything and keep it at work. Make sure it’s a sweater that you don’t wear often and wouldn’t be disappointed if you couldn’t throw it on at home. You could even keep two of them at your desk: one to wear around your shoulders and the other to use as a blanket over your legs. This all depends on just how cold your office is.
Try a longer skirt
Skirts are a great option for going quickly from hot weather to cold weather. You can purchase a long, tight pencil skirt in varying lengths, from just above the knee to mid-calf. These skirts will cover most of your legs and help you stay warm in the office, but will also let your legs get some air in the heat, as opposed to pants that will keep all of the heat in when you’re outside.
Wear loose, long-sleeved button-ups
Instead of choosing a thick material to buy a long-sleeved shirt in, opt for a thinner, more airy material. These kinds of shirts also usually lend themselves to versatility in arm lengths. Since the material is so thin, you can roll up the sleeves when you’re outside in the sun, and unroll them so the sleeve extends to your wrist when you’re inside.
Dress warm on top and cold on the bottom, or vice versa
It’s simple. If you’re wearing a long-sleeved shirt, try wearing shorter bottoms or a skirt. If you’re wearing a sleeveless or short-sleeved top, pair it with dress pants. Though this may seem like a mindless, simple solution, it can make a difference. While you might be slightly uncomfortable moving quickly on your walk to work in pants, you’ll cool down once you get to your office and the two pieces of clothing will balance out your body temperature.
Drink hot coffee or tea
Though this isn’t an outfit choice, it will help you to stay warm when you’re inside. You may get a questioning look from the Starbucks barista when you order a hot beverage in the middle of the summer, but it will instantly warm you up when you get to work. The same goes for packing soups or other hot meals for lunch.