Five Stylish Ways to Keep Warm During the AC Blast at Work

This is certainly a win for women! A study led by researchers in the United States and Germany demonstrated that warmer temperatures improve women’s cognitive performance and productivity*. I swear, women have only been saying this for years (insert side eyes). How often have you found yourself reaching for your lap blanket or sweater as you’re typing away, responding to your endless emails at work? Take a walk around the cubes at work and you’ll find shawls or sweaters dotted throughout. You would think that’s evidence enough that it’s too cold. At any rate, while employers get up to speed on the research, we’ve done our own research to provide you with stylish options to keep warm at work. Yes, you can stay warm and still look polished! These options are anything but frumpy.

*Those who would like to absorb the full research article can read it here Battle for the thermostat: Gender and the effect of temperature on cognitive performance

Sweater Blazer

This sweater blazer by J. Crew comes in 10 different colors—wow! It’s versatile and can be worn casually or dressed up to suit your work outfit for the day. To seal the deal for us, the sweater blazer received 4.6 stars out of 5 from 419 reviews. OK, say no more, we’re in!

Photo via J. Crew Sophie Open-Front Sweater-Blazer

Long Sweater

Grab a jersey-knit open front long sweater from Aritzia to layer over your slacks and blouse. We love this style from Wilfred Free. It’s currently on sale and available in three colors.

Photo via Wilfred Free Zlata Sweater

Thin Flowy Jacket

Tempted to pull on your jacket to combat the cold? Consider a thin jacket as an added layer. Try this one from Zara. It will offer warmth without looking like you’re wearing a jacket at your desk.

Photo via Zara Flowy Frock Coat with Pockets

Wrap Scarf

Nothing beats a scarf. Grab a wrap scarf with a design you like and keep it handy at your desk. This one from Nordstrom Rack has the perfect summer feel.

Photo via Nordstrom Rack Bird Song Wrap Scarf


If your style is more fun, try a kimono. They’re available short, long, belted, open, tiered, long sleeve, short sleeve, and goodness, the patterns and designs—LOVE! This one is from Lulu’s. Look at that color!

Photo via Lulus Marisol Golden Yellow Short Sleeve Lace Kimono