Cubicle Chic: What to Wear This Summer in a Cold Office

Posted On Wednesday, May 28th, 2014
Filed Under: Cubicle Chic, Style Guide

Cubicle Chic: What to Wear to Work

Summer marks the beginning of the annual air conditioning wars in every office. You and your co-workers are all in the same building but some are slightly chilly, others are cold and some people are downright freezing. This leaves women everywhere dealing with this peculiar style dilemma: how to keep warm in the summer when your office blasts the AC.

Keep reading to learn how to win the battle of the chilly office. Hint: it’s all about some light layering.

Cubicle Chic: What to Wear in a Chilly Office

Sweater / Dress / Necklace / Wedges

If you’re freezing, try pulling out one of your long wrap sweaters from your winter storage. Leave this sweater at your desk as it’s probably too warm to wear outside. It’s the closest thing to wrapping yourself in blanket {but oh so much chicer} and it looks great over a stylish maxi. Now don’t get too cozy because there’s no sleeping on the job!

Cubicle Chic: Style Solutions for a Freezing Office

Sweater / Blouse / Skirt / Wedges

If you’re cold, try a traditional cardigan, but in a vibrant color or print. It’s also a great option for those brisk morning and evening commutes. Try a breathable fabric like cotton or a linen blend.

Cubicle Chic: What to Wear When You're Office is Freezing in the Summer

Kimono / Blouse / Capris / Heels

If you’re only slightly chilly in the office, try a kimono with fringe detail. The extra layer adds the right amount of warmth, but is still breathable when worn outside. Plus, it’s a super trendy piece that effortlessly translates from work to the weekend.

Does your office get colder as the days get warmer? How are you keeping warm in your frigid office? 

About the author: Antoinette Childs is a Baltimore native and recent Howard University grad with a lifelong love of art and fashion. She enjoys thrifting, professional football, Japanese cuisine and old Hollywood glamour. You can check out her blog at, follow her on TwitterPinterest and Instagram. Also, like Mademoiselle Antoinette on Facebook.

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6 thoughts on “Cubicle Chic: What to Wear This Summer in a Cold Office

  1. As soon as my office sees a little sun the A/C comes on. I ALWAYS have a sweater at my desk. As well I ALWAYS carry a sweater or jacket with me everywhere I go, just in case.

    Thanks again. Love the tips. More on layering please. I struggle with this.

  2. A light, gauzy scarf around the neck is also helpful. And the right scarf can add a needed pop of color or a hint of chicness that lifts an otherwise run-of-the-mill outfit to something special. I never leave home without a light scarf.

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