Dressing for work when it’s seriously cold outside can be tasking – you want to be warm, comfortable and still keep your professional look. Achieving comfort and warmth while still being professionally dressed isn’t easy, but it is possible.
Whenever it is cold outside, you feel like putting on all the sweaters in your closet without caring about looking smart. But you can accomplish both goals of staying comfortable and professional, no matter how cold it is outside.
Here are some tips for dressing professionally when it’s freezing outside:
- Wear a long coat, scarf, and gloves (If any).
Wearing a jacket, coat, scarf or gloves to work on cold days matter a lot especially if you are commuting. Comfortability is one thing, and to be comfortable in what you wear is another. If you are comfortable in your clothing, then you have no issues. As long as the clothes you are wearing are old or tattered and they look nice and professional, then there’s no need for you to immediately pull them off the moment you enter your office.
- Always have an extra pair of shoes under your desk.
It’s not advisable to wear heels or your normal work shoes to work when it is seriously freezing, especially during the Harmattan period. It’s dangerous, and your feet will get numb from the cold. Wear comfy flats boots and change once you arrive at the office.
- Have an extra blazer at work.
Most offices are chilly on most days due to the air conditioning and on a cold rainy or harmattan day, there are even chillier. Having an extra black blazer, coat or shawl may help you on days where you’re freezing at the office. Plus, a shawl can double as a blanket and you’ll still look professional if you walk around the office with it draped around your upper body.
- Keep a pair of fingerless gloves at your desk.
This is optional, but some people like it and if you do, you can keep your hands warm while working on days when the office is extra cold. Fingerless gloves are also easier to type in than regular gloves, and they are less noticeable.
- Think of layers.
Most offices are cold, while others are uncomfortably warm. And yours might even be both throughout the day. Wearing a sweater over a nice dress shirt, for example, offers some flexibility. You’ll look professional when you’re chilly and the sweater is on, and when you get warm, you just take it off. You can also layer by wearing warm socks, long underwear, or tights under your clothes.
- Don’t keep your hat on!
Do take off your hats and any form of head warming clothing you may have on to protect against the cold once you get to the office. This is necessary to maintain an optimal professional look. Of course, dress codes vary from office to office and among industries. Take your cue from your boss, and when in doubt, ask.