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10 Ways to Stay Warm in a Cold Office

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So, you've got this winter style thing figured out - no bulky parkas or ugly stocking hats for you! You're strutting your stuff in a fashionable overcoat, but what happens when you get to that icy office? Here's 10 clever ways to beat the cold without having to wear your coat all day.

So the August bank holiday is almost here, and there’s a bit of a chill in the air. Thankfully for most of us, once we arrive in the cozy confines of the workplace, the weather outside is nothing more than an afterthought. But if you’re one of those unfortunate souls to work in a concrete floored icebox of a building, then these tips for staying warm in the office might come in handy.

1. Turn the heat up

A bit on the obvious side but hey, it’s worth mentioning. Ask your boss where the thermostat is and can you adjust it a little. If you’re worried he’ll say no, then gauge the mood of the office, and if more than a few are on your side, you’ll feel justified in making the request.

2. Keep your feet toasty

Anyone who has worn wet socks through a morning in the boardroom will know that cold feet equal cold everything. A good pair of slim thermal socks is the ideal solution here as the bulkiness of wool just won’t match the sleekness of your suit.

If possible, keep a pair of slippers under your desk so you can pull them on whenever you’re spending more than a few minutes at your computer. However, take care not to forget them. We’re not sure that Garfield slippers are the right look for meeting clients.

3. Cover your neck

You lose heat anywhere that there is a good blood flow, and your neck is prime heat-losing real estate. Wrap it up with a scarf or wear a shirt with a heavier collar combined with a woolen tie.

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Yes, it’s true, woolen ties do actually keep you warmer. It’s science.  

4. Wear larger headphones

Your head is where you lose a lot of heat but let’s face it, no one wears a hat in the office. So the next best thing is to supersize your headphones. A set that covers your ears completely works exactly like earmuffs keeping draughts at bay.

5. Move around

Now we’re by no means suggesting a complete workout but get up now and then and walk around the office. This increases your metabolic rate and gets the blood flowing which in turn warms the body up. Yep, science once again.

6. Get a space heater

Keep your little piece of the office kingdom warm and toasty with a space heater. However, be warned, not every office will allow a mains powered heater. If this is the case, then get a USB charged one, and while it may not be as powerful as you like, it’s better than freezing like your colleagues in their icy cubicles.

7. Layer up

If your dress code at work permits, you can layer up with sweaters, vests, etc.

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But if you’re limited to business attire, then invest in some thermal underwear to go with those thermal socks. A long sleeved thermal vest can be worn under your shirt and trust us; this makes a big difference to your body’s core temperature.

8. Sit on a blanket

Sit on it? Why not wrap yourself in one? Well, the thing is that if you wrap yourself up in a blanket, you will feel much colder when you inevitably have to take it off to head to the copy machine. Sitting on one also has the added benefit of trapping all the heat from your space heater under your desk.

9. Keep your drinks warm

Now there’s only so many cups of tea or coffee you can drink in a day so rather than pushing yourself to break the world record for hot chocolate consumption, just keep your drinks warm. A good old fashioned thermos flask will do the trick, but there are also a few other gadgets like USB coffee cup warmers and the like. And speaking of gadgets…

10. Heat your keyboard

You read that right. You can now buy heated keyboards on Amazon and to be perfectly honest we thought these were made only for polar stations and perhaps space travel. They even have a heated mouse too. What a time to be alive.

It might only last a couple of months, but there’s no doubt that we Sydneysiders feel the effects of the cold stretch. And if the chill in the air is getting to you why not pop into the showroom for a chat about a brand spanking new tailor made winter coat a la Montagio.

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