Yes, you read that right. WARM in the SUMMER. I am sitting at my desk right now, eating my lunch and freezing my gazongas off. And it’s 85 degrees in the greater Twin Cities area right now, headed for 94 later this afternoon.
Office workers are all too aware that summer means air conditioning cranked up to levels capable of crystallizing our snot. Although the sun may graciously warm those lucky enough to sit near windows, most of us cube farmers spend our days shivering as we type.
Don’t get me wrong. I am beyond grateful for the AC. If I had an outdoor gig, or worked in an electric-fan-only situation, I’d be far, far grumpier. But the fact is, it puts a major cramp in the summer Sal-style to work inside a refrigerator on days when I want to wear my sundresses and sleeveless tops.
So here are some things I do to keep warm at the office without looking as if I believe there is still a foot of snow on the ground:
1. Closed-toe shoes
You lose 86% of your body heat out of your toes. Mix some pumps and Mary Janes in with the strappy sandals, especially if you’re wearing a top or bottom that shows some skin. It makes a huge difference when your tootsies are toasty.
You lose 91% of your body heat out of your neck. Lightweight, drapey scarves are all the rage right now. Grab ye one and cover up!
3. Wear your hair down
As I mentioned in #2, keeping your neck covered by any means possible will help fend off the chill. If you have shoulder-length or longer hair, let it fly free. You’ll be amazed how much warmer you’ll feel.
4. Keep a cardigan at your desk
A neutral or black cardigan won’t ruin the average outfit. And you can always take it off when you leave your desk for a meeting.
5. Swaddle yourself in a wrap
Mine is red, although not dip-dyed like the one in the photo. It’s made of that thin, nubbly, quintessentially Eileen Fisher material that I will admit to knowing zilch about, and it is WARM beyond all human comprehension. But any pashmina, shawl, or large scarf can help a cold office officer. Throw it over your legs beneath your desk if your knees begin to freeze. And again, if yours is an odd color or ruins your outfit, just sling it over your chair whenever you leave your desk.
6. Keep a mug of boiling water
You lose 107% of your body heat out of your hands. And although this tip has nothing to do with style, it is incredibly effective. Get a big-ass ceramic mug, fill with boiling water from the tea tap on your office’s coffeemaker (or microwave some tap water for 1.5 minutes), and cradle lovingly every few minutes. Contact with the warm porcelain defrosts your fingers almost instantly. It helps even more if you can sip it, especially because hot water tastes weird so you’re unlikely to slam it like a mocha. Gradually introducing warm liquid to your innards raises your thermostat for an hour or two, I’ve found.
Anyone else have tips for surviving summer in a cold office?
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