Don’t be afraid of layering for additional warmth, particularly on top — a silk button front blouse layers nicely under most sweaters as well as some sleeveless sheath dresses; a thin turtleneck can also be a great layering piece when you just need warmth.
Sheath dresses or sweater dresses can also be great — especially if you’re dealing with a warmer winter with a lot of slush and puddles. They’re warm enough that you’re not freezing, and the tights + dress + boot combo leaves you without any too-long trouser legs to get wet. (See more thoughts on tights/stockings below!)
What to Wear to Work in the Winter: Professional Outerwear
Keep your feet warm! If it’s slushy, cold weather, check out our last roundup on weatherproof boots. And if you have to INTERVIEW in a snowstorm — or otherwise want to wear, say, a skirt suit and pumps — we rounded up some of the best foldable, packable boots so you can easily change once you get inside the building. (These boots can also be great to keep at your office as emergency footwear!)
If you’re always freezing, you may want to choose a scarf that’s big enough to double as a wrap so you can keep it on once you get to the office — they’re great for layering, even on top of blazers. We rounded up our some of our favorite wraps here.
What to Wear to Work During a Warm Winter (or: What Not to Wear to Work in the Winter? See what works better with summaries) [what about too-hot office heating?]
You may want to check out this discussion about what to wear to work when it’s unseasonably warm — a few possibilities are longer cardigans (as they don’t work well with shorter winter coats), flats rather than boots, ankle pants, and lightweight wool pencil skirts.
Finally, if you’re new to business attire and need some broad categories of what not to wear to work in the winter (or to winter networking events like those held for students home on break), these should help:
Readers, what are your thoughts — what do you think you should NOT wear to work in the winter? What do you wear the most to work in the winter (sweaters? warm blazers? fleece tights?)? What fashion gaffes for winter workwear do you see at your office or on your commute?