Hot Weather, Cold Office...Practical Coping Advice!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

My office feels like the arctic tundra. Seriously! I cannot tell you how many times I have caught myself sitting in my chair with a Snuggie wrapped around me as tightly as possible while I rocked back and forth attempting to generate enough body heat to stop my teeth from chattering. Yes folks, every summer I find myself employing many different options that allow me to dress for the scorching summer weather while keeping myself warm in the Antarctic office. And believe me...I get the grand scheme of issues currently plaguing our country (don't get me started), it sounds a bit ridiculous that I spend a good amount of time in the morning trying to decide how I can get away with wearing winter tights with my dresses when it's 90 degrees outside. I get it! But I swear this is a real problem! And many of my fellow divas think so as well. In fact, I have a few tips that I have gathered over the years during frequent collaborations with my professional girlfriends who too have suffered from the effects of the cold office. Here are my top ten!

1. DO NOT fool yourself into believing that you can convince the office manager to turn the A/C down. If you go into this thinking you will be the voice of reason, you've already failed. Skip this
thought, and start considering some realistic options. In short, don't waste your time!

2. DO keep a few pairs of tights at your desk. If you're wearing a dress or a skirt, you can always duck into the bathroom and put them on when the A/C is on overdrive. Take them off before you leave. Note that tights can also double as arm warmers...think about it!

3. DO keep a solid, black blazer in your office. It typically goes with many outfits, so it will work well to keep you warm. And even if it doesn't necessary compliment your outfit, who cares! It's black. And black matches everything!

4. DO invest in an office-appropriate blanket or throw. Something pashmina-ish that you can wrap yourself in or throw across your legs to keep them warm. DO NOT grab the blanket off of your bed...this one is anti-office-appropriate, and you will look silly. Silly is not the looks we're going for here!

5. DO NOT bring a space heater in the office. I'm pretty sure these heavenly appliances are fire hazards in almost every office. And what you don't want is the office manager to send you to detention because you tried to burn down the office. Remember, you need your job!

6. DO take some time throughout the day (if possible and if the weather permits) to go outside and get some sun. I know many of you think you cannot find the time, so consider sneaking out through a back door. DO NOT expect me to believe that you do not know of a "I need to leave 15 minutes early today and I don't want anyone to see me" back door at your know! Also, DO fight the urge to head to your car and go've got work to do!

7. DO consider wearing pants. If you're anything like me, however, this is a tough one because dresses are your thing. But if you have to sacrifice your sheaths so that you won't get frostbitten, then  take one for the team. I'm pretty sure your resume says that you are a team player...prove it!

8. DO NOT cut your hair. Long tresses can double as neck and shoulder warmers.

9. DO invest in many tank/cardigan combos. They look great with pants and skirts, keep you warm in the office, and you can remove the cardigan when you go back into the heat.

10. DO NOT worry about what folks say when they see you in your winter suit in the hot weather. You know that you are heading into the cold, and you cannot be affected by folks' judgment. At the end of the day, you are fortunate enough to have an office (cold or otherwise) to go into every day. So if you need to make an adjustment to be comfortable, then so be it! FYI, I'll be wearing knee-length boots to the office tomorrow, and DO NOT care! :)

Keep warm out there divas!


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