I turned on my radiators for the first time last night, and when I woke up this morning and stepped out into my living room, all I wanted to do was crawl into my super warm and cozy bed again. It could just be that it’s Monday morning, but after a few sips from my morning coffee, I realize that this is it: The seasonal transition from Fall to Winter. Not that there’s snow on the ground yet (at least not here), but the seasonal shift of crisp cool temperatures and darkening early evenings is officially upon us. It is time for all of us to survey our clothing and see what additions or substitutions can be worked into our wardrobe to continue our working style while making sure we stay warm!
That doesn’t mean we have to wear fuzzy bulky sweaters over turtlenecks with a wool scarf and stocking cap and winter coat. It’s surprising how you can swap up some of your office staples with their cold-weather cousins to maintain your professional look and avoiding the need to smuggle in your space heater!
First off, the blazer. The blazer is meant to be a professional cover-up, not necessarily a “jacket” to battle wintery winds. However what if your blazer was made with fleece versus polyester? This fleece long-sleeved tux jacket is slimming, warm, and still fits your office dress code.
People either love or hate leggings. I live in Chicago and it is common for people to wear long underwear under their jeans here in the winter. I haven’t been able to bring myself to do that (yet), but I have embraced and will gladly stand up for the existence and acceptance of leggings. I will do so not because I look forward to wearing leggings throughout the seasons, but rather because their popularity has led manufacturers to make leggings that come in a variety of styles! Leggings at times can be so versatile that they are mistaken for hosiery or at some times even super skinny jeans. All I care about is that they are so much warmer than hosiery and jeans and are completely office appropriate with boots.
And I couldn’t conclude my wrap-up without mentioning the coat. One of my friends who works in the law industry loves expressing herself through her winter coats and jackets as her office dress code doesn’t allow extensive fashionable expression. Coats and jackets serve the primary function of keeping us from being cold outdoors, however I absolutely love flaunting cropped jackets as a thicker version of the blazer. How many times have you wrapped yourself up in your winter coat at your desk and hope that you wouldn’t get reprimanded by your boss? With a cropped jacket, you won’t look bundled and overwhelmed by down fabric or heavy wool, and you can expand your outdoor fashions to make a statement indoors!