Polar temperatures and overnight snowfalls don't loosen up office dress codes unfortunately. City chic is still the order of the day. If you have a week of important meetings and presentations ahead, here are a few ideas for staying warm, while looking professional and appropriate.
1 Swap your button-front shirt for a polo neck. Equally smart, but far warmer than a cotton or silk shirt, a polo neck will keep you cosy whatever the temperatures. Choose a slim-fit merino wool or cotton-silk blend rather than mohair, as it will sit more neatly beneath a blazer. The closer the knit is to your skin, the better protected you are against the elements.
Silk-wool polo neck, €49.95 at Massimo Dutti
2 Choose a narrow leg trouser suit instead of a skirt or wide-leg pant. The trick is to avoid too much ventilation, so wear a narrow leg when temperatures really plummet. It looks smart and efficient and will keep your legs as warm as if you were wearing tights (but more comfortable). Wear with a block heel sock boot.
Trousers with belt, €39.95 at Zara
3 Leave your puffer jacket at home. Even though you'll be taking it off once inside the office, you may have to attend an external meeting and arriving in a puffer jacket simply won't make the right impression. Choose something in faux fur instead. They're super-warm coats, plus they have the added advantage of being beautifully tactile, which creates a really warming, cosy feel overall.
Black faux fur coat, €241 (reduced from €345) at bimbaylola.com