Staying Warm in Business Wear When it is Deadly Cold Outside.
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(1) Make sure your overcoat is long enough (below the knees).
(2) Two pairs of thin socks can keep your feet warmer than one pair of thick ones.
(3) Wear a three-piece suit. If it's too much once you get inside you can shed the jacket and still look formal. Whether that's appropriate or not depends on your work environment, of course.
(4) Wear that gorgeous scarf you've been saving for cold weather. Makes a big difference.
Or call in sick.
My old boss used to tell me you should never wear your suit jacket while sitting in the car. So, I used to get out of my car, put my suit jacket on, and then proceed to put my overcoat on top of it before visiting a client. Needless to say, that got really difficult when the weather started getting colder and with below zero temperatures and snow, I felt like I really might die. That and keeping your shoes and bottom of your pants clean just make winter unbearable.
If you are wearing an overcoat then you don't need to take that and your suit jacket off in a car. The overcoat should prevent your suit jacket from wrinkling much.
you make it sound like you are in suit and tie and hanging out in the pure cold for the entire day.
Reality is that most suit & tie spent majority of time indoors, in regulated temperature setting.
When venturing outside briefly, stick with the classics: overcoat, scarf, gloves
Some people have to commute and stand on train platforms and then walk a bit to work.
^^^^ Going to give this a try tomorrow.
Here in Canada, my tricks:
- A big thick scarf
- silk long underwear, especially if you don't wear knee length overcoat
- Rain boots like le Chameau or Aigle (swap out to dress shoes in the office)