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How to dress smart for a freezing cold office in the summer

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How to dress smart for a freezing cold office in the summer

Summertime is great, as it allows you to wear all those silky, fluffy dresses and skirts, as you flash some bronzed skin. In the summertime you get to show off all that time you’ve spent sweating in the gym over the winter, It paid off and you have a toned body. Oh, the sun, the ice creams, the tanning sessions, the UGGs for office.

Oh, yes! In summer the office turns into a freezing environment where no one could possibly type without gloves and a thick, wool blanket on her knees. At least, this is the case for women, who happen to make up a lot of the current workforce stuck in cold offices, which were designed for men.

The AC as the symbol of the patriarchal force

If you ever thought the cold offices are fit for a penguin more than a working woman dressed for summertime, you are right. Somewhat…

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An actual study revealed that AC systems in the offices are using temperature settings and guidelines of the 1960s! Moreover, those were designed for middle-aged, 154 pound man, dressed in a complete suit, sometimes along with a vest. That’s right, your office is cold because the managers are sticking to old, patriarchal guidelines.

Apart from the fact modern women are far from wearing Don Draper’s outfits at the office, men and women are simply different when it comes to temperature. Joost Van Hoof explains that the physiology of women, who are smaller in size and have more body fat than a man, is making them lose more heat, quicker. Instead of addressing this problem, most CEOs just went with the flow and let the AC system numb their female worker’s fingers, even if this decreases their productivity.

A study found that raising the office temperature from 68 degrees to 77 degrees increases the productivity by 150% and decreases the number of the typos by 44%.

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Sadly, office manager are still to solve this common AC problem, but until they do it, you may want to stop shivering on your desk, so here are some solutions to keep you warm for the day.

The solutions to stop freezing

Now that you know why you are freezing at the office, let’s see what we can do about it. The simple solution would be to dress with warmer clothes, but summer prevents you from doing this. Luckily, there are some solutions for the AC problem.

1. Layering

Layering is the most accessible way to keep yourself warm in the freezing office. You can keep a cardigan at the office, on your chair, to have it close when your knees are in need of a warm fabric or you need to cover your shoulders with something.

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If you don’t want to leave your beloved cardigan or another clothing item at office, you can gamble on smart office combos which can be peeled off or layered on, depending on the conditions. For inspiration, I gathered four types of combos you can wear at the office on a hot summer day.

  1. A skirt with a sleeveless top and a cardigan. A circle skirt is going to be office appropriate and will provide you comfort on a hot day, but it will also help you keep your knees warm, as they are usually covered by the skirt. Pair it with a sleeveless top, preferably made from a breathable fabric and you are ready to hit the streets. Before you leave your home pack a cardigan and layer it on when you get at the AC blasting office.
  2. The second option you have is to keep the top and the cardigan and go with a pencil skirt. It may look more office appropriate, but it can be pretty hard to wear on hot days. To counteract this, look for pencil skirts made of light fabrics, in light colors.
  3. The third option here are pants. A skinny fit is not advisable on hot days, so go for a loose fitting, which allows the air to caress your skin when you walk. They can easily be paired with a flowy top and an open pullover, to allow you to stay warm inside your cold office.
  4. Dresses and blazers. If you are not into skirts, you can match a dress with a blazer. Pick a light, breezily dress, made of chiffon or another light fabric. Then, pair it with a blazer. To pull off this outfit you need to pay attention to color matching, as the dress might be too light for wearing it with a blazer. The best option is to gamble on light colors for both the dress and the blazer.

2. Closed shoes

Summer is the season when us girls like to show off our amazing legs, which means we often wear open shoes. Well, if you want to be warm at the office, opt for a pair of closed shoes, which can keep your feet warm. If you can, pick shoes that can be paired with socks, if your feet become numb over the day, due to the AC problem.

If you can keep a pair of shoes at work, buy summer boots and keep a pair of socks in them, so you can slip from your fashionable shoes into the boots when you arrive at the office. Suede summer boots in nude can be accessorized with pretty much any outfit without becoming an eye sore, which makes them a good investment.

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When you wear a skirt or a dress, stockings are going to help you keep your legs warm, so don’t skip them. If you choose really thin stockings, they will be invisible and will allow you to feel comfortable outside, in the hot weather.

3. Scarves

Apart from the feet, your neck is very sensitive to cold, so wearing a scarf is going to keep you warm in your cold office. A silk scarf is easy to keep in your bag and won’t destroy your outfit when you wrap it around your neck. Silk is especially great for wrapping your neck, because this fabric is thin and is able to trap the body heat.

Another great tip for keeping your neck warm is leaving your hair down your shoulders. If you have a long mane, style it in such way you can leave it down when you arrive at the office.

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Featured photo credit: Nicola Albertini/RedLips via flickr.com

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Last Updated on November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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