No, you’re not crazy. Chances are, your office is actually way too cold. A study that came out earlier this year confirmed what you already, deep in your heart, knew: office buildings are heated based on models that include metabolic rate of inhabitants as a major variable, and they are based on a man’s metabolic rate, which is up to 35% higher than a woman’s. This means women, in these buildings, are freakin’ freezing.

So what do you do about it? Well, if the thermostat remains beyond your control, you better dress warmly. And unless you’re already (successfully) nurturing your reputation as the eccentric genius of the office, you probably shouldn’t take your chances being “that crazy person in a Snuggie at work”. Let us help you do better.

Don’t forget the #1 rule of cold weather dressing: layer, layer, layer. Because some days, your desk is 40 below and the boardroom is sweltering, and that’s just life.

Here are some stylish ideas to survive sub-zero desk conditions:

1. A simple, cozy scarf

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Basically an essential for outdoors, your scarf can stay indoors too if need be. A huge chunky knit scarf might be a bit much around the office (although I’m not saying you can’t make that work), but a simple and stylish scarf in an interesting fabric can blend seamlessly with your outfit and help you stay warm and focused at the icy hell you call a desk.

Some ideas from Amazon:

 

2. Heavy tights

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Pants are obviously always an option, but if you’re wanting to rock some cute dresses year-round, heavy tights/leggings will save your poor legs from being vulnerable to the cold. Layer with some boots and you’re cozy and winter-ready. Take that, thermostat!

Some ideas from Amazon:

(hard to tell in the photo, but the above tights are cable-knit and adorable!)

3. Power Blazer

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Cardigans are alright and all, but some days you just need to channel your boss-ass bitch with a killer blazer. Bonus: you can definitely find them in heavier fabrics and nice warm linings to keep you cozy while you’re looking awesome.

Some ideas from Amazon:



 

Go forth, ladies, and take back that freezing cold office in style! Best of luck!