How To Dress When It’s Freezing In The Morning And Hot By 2pm

If you weren’t already aware via the Instas of pumpkin spice lattes flooding your timeline, fall is officially here. This means that, yes, it’s time to get out your beloved cardigans and cozy knit sweaters. Unfortunately, it also means that you once again have to deal with the inevitable #firstworldproblem of figuring out how to dress for when it’s freezing in the morning but warm by mid-day. This means that you need to make sure your outfits are layered appropriately so that you can easily adjust to the drastic temperature changes throughout the day. Betches need stability. The least I can do is help you maintain a stable body temperature this season with the subtle art of fall layering.

The key to fall layering is to avoid adding bulk. Remember when you were younger and  would wear so many layers in the snow that you could barely even move? Yeah, that’s what we want to avoid. So, to avoid looking like a sumo wrestler this fall, you need to mix up your outfits with a variety of sleeve and shirt lengths so that you can still function throughout the work day. That being said, here are my seven key layering tips for fall.

1. Sleeveless Turtlenecks

Sleeveless turtlenecks will be your go-to weapon this fall. They’re an essential staple for fall layering, and for maintaining a normal body temperature without looking bulky. You can wear a sleeveless turtleneck under a cardigan, a jacket, a blazer, or even a pullover. The perk with these is that, need be, if you get overheated because Karen from accounting is on your case again, you can easily strip down to just your sleeveless turtleneck and still look totally office appropriate. Like, f*ck off, Karen.

Free People Topanga Sleeveless Turtleneck

2. Vests

(Non-hideous) vests are another great fall staple because they allow you to add an extra layer while still looking super stylish. Pair a trench style vest layered over a thin long sleeve tee to keep the look polished and professional. You could even add an extra layer by wearing a pullover under your vest, too. But again, make sure your long sleeve and pullover are both thin enough to avoid looking like an elderly patient who just escaped an old person home.

BB Dakota Bad And Boujee Lace-Up Vest

3. Collared Shirt With A Sweater

Take a cue from Riverdale’s “it” girl, Veronica, and pair a collared shirt under a sweater for fall. This combo is an easy way to layer for fall while still looking professional, feminine, and totally chic. Actually, to credit the real OG “it” girl, it’s very Blair Waldorf vibes.

Rails Kate Olive Cheetah Print Button Down Shirt

Free People About Love V-Neck Sweater

4. Printed Tank With A Sweater

Another layering idea to try this season is to wear an elevated printed tank under a solid colored cropped sweater. Adding a print gives the look some interesting detail, while the sweater adds that necessary extra layer. All this while keeping the outfit breathable and your body temperature totally in check.

Equipment Lyle Python Print Tank

Lovers + Friends Highland Sweater

5. Thin Cardigan Under A Jacket

Fall is iconic for being chillier in the morning and warmer later in the day, and this is what makes the cardigan-under-a-jacket combo so ideal. Again, it’s important that your cardigan is thin enough so that it seamlessly goes under the jacket without restricting your arm mobility. Those excel documents aren’t going to do themselves!!

UO Lolita Button-Down Cardigan

L’Academie The Hanna Jacket

6. Scarves

This stylish fall accessory adds a cozy warm layer that can be easily added or removed throughout the day. For the office, choose a thin enough scarf so that it still looks professional. You want to make sure you’d still feel comfortable wearing it when all the menopausal women in the office are having hot flashes and decide to turn up the AC.

Urban Outfitters Brushed Woven Blanket Scarf

Urban Outfitters Prince Of Wales Checkered Scarf

7. Fall Socks

Stylish socks are v on trend this season while skin-colored tights from CVS… aren’t. So when it comes to adding an extra layer, trendy cute socks should be your new best friend. Whether you wear them the traditional way with boots, or are brave enough to try them with heels, socks can be that extra layer necessary to keep your tootsies warm all season long.

Urban Outfitters Out From Under Cozy Flat Knit Crew Sock

Free People Polka Dot Sheer Anklet

Layering appropriately for fall is essential to your well-being, and you can use these fall layering tips to ensure you’re prepared for whatever this season has in store. So whether you’re on an overcrowded hot subway or in the office with your teeth chattering, freezing to death, you’ll be dressed in layers so you can adjust accordingly. Plus, like, with global warming and all, the weather is super unpredictable. Just saying.

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What To Wear When It’s Hot Outside But Freezing In Your Office

Making yourself get up and go to work on any given day is a difficult task. Making yourself get up and go to work when it’s PRIME tanning weather outside (omg UV 9 today?!) is even harder. And, as if these problems weren’t enough reason to fake sick, summer also introduces the dilemma of what to wear to work when it’s 100 degrees outside and -30 degrees in your office. As my dad would say, it’s like whoever controls my office thermostat has stock in the electric company. So how the hell do you dress for such extremes???

You’ve heard it repeatedly your whole life, and now I’m telling you again: layers. Of course, layering for the office specifically is a bit more challenging because you actually have to look professional and not like the Abominable Snowman. Here are some key pieces necessary for layering appropriately along with a proper formula to ensure you’re doing so effectively. 

Start with…

1. Business Professional Tank

A business profesh tank is an essential for your work wardrobe. This tank will serve as the base layer for most of your work outfits, so I recommend purchasing one in a  neutral color. Even though you’ll most likely be adding a layer on top of your tank, it’s important to make sure that the tank alone is appropriate so that there won’t be an HR complaint in the event you need to take your jacket off. Always wear a cami under your tank in order to prevent any sweat from your commute from coming in direct contact with the tank itself. You don’t want, like, noticeable sweat stains. Gross.

Ark & Co Scallop Detail tank

Then add…

2. Lightweight Cardigan

You’ll want to have a thin, lightweight open cardigan that you can toss on when you’re ~slightly chilled~ or to use as an additional thin layer under a jacket when it’s just that freezing. You don’t want a cardigan that’s too chunky, heavy knit, or otherwise “wintery” because you’ll look like an overdramatic millennial. In general, girls tend to be a lot colder than our male counterparts, so just be aware that even though you have icicles forming on your nose,  60-year-old overweight Gary next to you is probs sweating through his polo. Always be sure to leave a lightweight cardigan at your desk that stays at the office. You never know when you might forget yours at home that day or just decide to donate it to a homeless person on the way in that morning (aka you left it on the subway).

Vince Lettuce Edge cardigan

If you’re still cold, add…

3. Knit Blazer

A knit blazer is the perfect summer alternative to your traditional, heavier weight blazer. Knit blazers look just as professional as your classic blazer but will be much more comfortable during the summer season. Unlike your traditional blazer, a knit style won’t make you feel like you’re trapped in one of those infrared sauna suits if you start sweating. Buy your knit blazer a size larger so, need be, you can wear it over your tank and lightweight cardigan when Karen decides turns down the thermostat again cause she’s in menopause.

BCBGeneration Welt Pocket Tuxedo blazer

Or you can wear…

4. Drape Jacket or Vest

Drape style jackets look professional because the minimal structure of the jacket makes them look more polished than, say, your bomber jacket. A drape jacket, like a knit blazer, is something you could wear as a third layer for when it’s just that freezing. Another alternative is a lightweight drape vest, which will give you an added layer of warmth but with less constriction in the arms.

Blank NYC Ivory Vegan Ponte Drape jacket


BB Dakota Adam vest

And if you’re still freezing…

5. Duster

Dusters are very on-trend right now and make the perfect office wardrobe staple, particularly for when you’re wearing a dress or skirt. The long length of a duster means there’s extra fabric to cover your legs when you’re shivering at your desk. Just make sure that if you do go the duster route, you pick one suitable for indoors. You don’t want people to confuse you with Sherlock Holmes every time you get up and go to the copier machine.

Topshop Lightweight duster coat

Obviously this isn’t an exact, fail-proof formula, so use your own best judgement to avoid looking like a crazy person. When all else fails, and your office is actually just that cold, try layering a super thin long sleeve tee or a pair of thick tights underneath what you’re already wearing. And, if that doesn’t work, then maybe just quit.

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