Nowadays there are lots of choices.
I take the day off work every day on my birthday and it works really well. Failing that and the excellent suggestion of asking to be removed from the birthday list I think you just have to grin and bear it. Double-layering tights for cold weather is one of the greatest tips I ever got from this site. I layered regular tights over fleece-lined tights this was also useful because the fleece tights had a tendency to slide down, and the regular tights on top kept them up. Ultimately I solved all these problems by moving somewhere warmer: Yes, if you have something very important, there may be limited circumstance in which you bite the bullet and wear a wool coat, etc.
We care about being warm. I have one of the North Face sleeping bag coats and it was worth every penny and has shown no signs of wear after 5 years. I have Sorel boots that I absolutely love. I get nothing but compliments on them because they wish they had boots as amazing as my Sorels. I admit when I was in NYC last December there were a lot of peacoats instead of puffer coats but it was still pretty mild — not less than 30 degrees.
Maybe NYC dresses up more idk. Nordstrom sells some Blondo boots that are excellent in this category. That said, I feel like people in Chicago wear puffy coats all the time, and no one thinks twice about it.
Hats, scarves and gloves are also must-haves. I really struggle when I have to go to the east coast or midwest in the winter for work. I have never lived in a truly cold climate. I have a mid-calf length thinsulate-lined wool coat from J. The puffer coat has some rating to F, but meh. But the main issues is because I am from SoCal, these are things I wear when the highs are in the 60s. Do you just get used to being somewhat cold when you are outside and just not be whiny about it?
Hat, scarf, gloves, and under layers camisole or long sleeve shirt, cashmere sweater, wool socks make a huge difference in warmth, and are just as impactful as the coat you wear. Let me first say: Puffer coat, snow boots, hat, protective gloves. Especially if you have to walk more than 50 yards or get into a cold car at any point during the day.
If your commute involves driving, you could go in the ditch and get stuck for an extended period of time. Do not be flippant, frostbite can set in in a matter of minutes.
Sometimes you just want to wear a cute, classy coat. Find one you love I have a few J. For a night out or going to a meeting, I only wear pumps or shoes with slippery soles if I know that no one will try to walk anywhere — to the bar down the street, or down the block to lunch, etc.
Otherwise, well-kept up knee high boots are perfectly appropriate. Finally, enjoy the outdoors if you have winter! Cross country or downhill skiing, ice skating, even running outdoors or just going out to build a snowman.
I am from California but moved to Utah for work. The best way to deal with cold weather is to change clothes at work. Get a good pair of ski pants and a quality puffer coat.
I like Sorel boots the shorter ones like Tivoli 2 with a good pair of Smartwool socks. If you are the type who is cold at the office wear thermals underneath. I am more hot blooded so regular clothes are fine for me. Is it a pain to change clothes to and from work? Do not risk your health and safety for vanity.
Mild winter — up to about C: Wool blend coat in a bright colour, black or grey gloves, hat or earmuffs and scarf, knee length suede boots. Real winter — anything colder than C: Puffer coat that comes to mid-thigh, thicker hat and scarf, mittens, waterproof heavy snow boots.
Cold snaps, where the weather gets below about C and the air hurts your face: There is no pride at this temperature. Great questions, M — business casual in cold weather can be tricky!
Some thoughts for you: Cold Weather Boots for Work Outfits This depends heavily on where you live and what kind of circumstances you expect to encounter on a your commute and b your quest for lunch. But yes, if the buttons are the only thing holding you back, that it a pretty easy fix. I second this recommendation.
Or tell Californians that they are not appropriate business casual shoes! I have a few categories of winter outwear: Check out more Corporette threadjacks of interest here! He was wearing a very short bomber style jacket over his suit. When I say over, I mean almost over. The bottom of his suit jacket stuck out like a sore thumb. This is classic read classy. It can be in wool, cashmere or blend look-a-likes and comes almost to the knee.
Flap pockets are more casual but they keep the snow out. The trench coat usually comes below the knee and has a belt. A warmer length of outerwear for cold and damp. I like the first one in navy or the second in grey. I think both are appropriate for business casual. I would also spend a bit more to avoid synthetics. Cant kill da Rooster , Aug 11, I like both coats but would either one in gray or charcoal. JayJay , Aug 11, LanceW , Aug 11, Gray instead of black. The second jacket looks more structured and authoritative, making it probably a better choice.
Looking more mature rarely is a bad thing. However, the materials don't seem particularly good, and who knows if the jacket will be warm enough.
One of the major criteria for choosing business outerwear is that it should be long enough to cover the bottom of your sports jacket. The coat styling should be fairly classic and not too casual or it won’t go with your business look. A long down coat is a must have when it gets really freezing (for me, below about 20 degrees), but I prefer to wear a knee length wool coat for most of the winter ( degrees) and a lighter weight pea-coat for when it’s above Aug 13, · need a coat that can withstand Colorado winters I would suggest a longer coat, then. Something like these, perhaps. Or a duffel coat, if you like the look - the hood is great in the winter. Or a full-length bridge coat, but those are generally double-breasted.