So You’re Freezing At The Office?

Dressing for a sweltering summer and a cold office space at the same time is a near impossible feat. Here's what to wear to keep your body temperature just right.

By Rachel Waldman

Office Layering

Dressing for a sweltering summer in the city that’s also work appropriate is a near impossible feat—only furthered by the fact that your office is, well… an ice box. It happens every summer: offices turn on the air conditioning and women turn into popsicles. For the record, you are not alone. In fact, if you’ve ever stopped to wonder why you are so cold, consider that algorithms which dictate temperature regulation in most office buildings were designed in the 1960s for the metabolic rate of a 154-pound male. It’s a model that’s not made for women—and certainly not women’s summer skin-baring wardrobes.

And so, until the system gets an upheaval and you’re in control of the thermostat, what’s a working woman to do? Enter your summertime savior, the seasonally-appropriate overcoat and the office-appropriate knit. Stash a backup button up cardigan in your bag. Layer atop a blouse for a look that’s ladylike yet never fussy. For a less corporate environment, an elevated denim jacket does wonders over just about anything. Alternatively, a summer scarf goes a long way: wrap one around your shoulders that added warmth and ups the ante of any standard summertime uniform. Below, 5 office-appropriate summertime dressing solutions—AC be damned.

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