What to Wear to a Freezing Office in the Summer

what to wear to a freezing office in the summer legallee blonde blogger sitting on stairs in lilac sweater and white capri pants
I know you what I’m talking about: You wake up. It’s a gorgeous sunny day! *happy dance* You get dressed in your most-favorite summer work dress (I’m looking at you you pretty little gingham peplum dress). … And then you get to your office and it’s absolutely freezing. I have no idea why it’s the case that nearly everyone’s office/ work place is freezing, but it certainly is. So, today I wanted to talk about what to wear to a freezing office in the summer.

what to wear to a freezing office in the summer white capri pants and lilac cashmere sweater fashion blogger legallee blonde wearing white capri pants and lilac cashmere sweaterDressing for spring/summer work days can be extremely frustrating because you want to feel ‘summery’ and manage to not melt while commuting to the office, but once at the office you don’t want to feel cold all day. No small feat!

So, what to wear to a freezing office in the summer!? My personal go to is a pair of white pants or culottes – these flared white pants are one of my new favorite pairs – and a cashmere sweater in a light color. The white pants will keep your legs warm despite the cold office temps, but of course they look summery. Cashmere is a light enough fabric that you can get to the office in a cashmere sweater without getting too overheated, but it will keep you warm in the air conditioning.

To keep the look spring/summer ready opt for a cashmere sweater in a summer shade. Pastels like lilac or blush are perfect, but if you’re more of a fan of bold colors yellow or pink would look perfect as well. My lilac sweater is unfortunately sold out, but I’ll link up some other lilac cashmere sweaters below (and some other some colored cashmere sweaters as well!)

To accessorize my standard “what to wear to a freezing office in the summer” look, I always go with white heels. I’ve been wearing these white heels non-stop this summer; to work and on date nights. They are super affordable and yet are incredibly comfortable. Other than my #1 most comfortable wear-to-work black heels (which you can read about in my guide to the most comfortable high heels) these are probably my 2nd most comfortable heels. Definitely not something I expected for the price, so I was so pleasantly surprised.

I also love white nail polish in the summer. It feels summery and youthful, while still being professional. I so highly recommend the Essie “Marshmallow” polish. It is white, not cream, but it’s a bit more muted than a stark white so it looks white on your nails without looking like you’ve basically just used white out to paint your nails.

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  1. Savvy Southern Chic June 4, 2018 / 2:57 am

    Beautiful outfit. It totally bugs me that I can’t dress for the season because the office is always too cold in the summer or too hot in the winter.

    • Lee June 4, 2018 / 9:20 am

      Thank you! Glad you like the look! And ugh, that is definitely one of the most frustrating parts of office life. Hopefully this gives you some ideas of how to dress for the season but not melt.. and in the winter I definitely should do the opposite post!

  2. Claire Justine June 4, 2018 / 3:16 am

    Love your jumper. You styled it beautifully šŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays. Hope to see you on Wednesday or Friday for our next blog hops.

    • Lee June 4, 2018 / 9:20 am

      Thanks so much Claire!!

      • Claire Justine June 10, 2018 / 11:09 pm

        Thanks again for sharing at Creative Mondays, you are one of my featured blogs today šŸ™‚

        • Lee June 11, 2018 / 3:34 pm

          Ahh thank you so much! I’m so glad you liked this post!

  3. passion fruit, paws and peonies June 4, 2018 / 8:29 am

    Great advice and tips here. Love the idea of white nail polish. Covering up arms and legs is so important against those cold air conditioners!!

    • Lee June 4, 2018 / 9:21 am

      Thank you so much! And yes, white nail polish is so perfect (I think) to feel summery and professional. And yes – why they insist on over AC’ing is beyond me, but staying warm is key!! Thanks for commenting šŸ™‚

  4. Oh to Be a Muse June 4, 2018 / 10:43 am

    I don’t know why offices are always so darn cold. Fortunately, I work from home now so I don’t have to deal with that. But it’s always nice to have a lightweight sweater in the summer.

    • Lee June 4, 2018 / 1:19 pm

      Right?! It’s so frustrating! And ahh I love that you’re working from home now – so much more cozy!

  5. Jenn Loyd June 4, 2018 / 10:59 am

    This is a pretty outfit. The top is so pretty and I love the sleeves!

    • Lee June 4, 2018 / 1:19 pm

      Thank you so much Jenn!

  6. Annette June 4, 2018 / 1:00 pm

    I’m so glad I don’t work in an office anymore! I HATED bundling up in the middle of summer because of the a/c!

    • Lee June 4, 2018 / 1:21 pm

      Exactly! It’s so frustrating! That’s why I was like I neeeeed to share this post – noone likes having to not feel summery just because they’re stuck in a cold work environment!

  7. Meghan June 4, 2018 / 1:46 pm

    Omgosh – that color looks great on you! Loving the sleeves as well. x

    • Lee June 4, 2018 / 3:52 pm

      Thank you so much Meghan!!

  8. Tricia June 4, 2018 / 1:52 pm

    I really love the lilac color of that sweater. It’s a perfect way to make a traditional winter item [a sweater] adaptable to the summer! You pull off the look so well!


    • Lee June 4, 2018 / 3:53 pm

      Thank you so much Tricia, so glad you like it!

  9. sarasab June 4, 2018 / 7:00 pm

    Ok seriously WHY are all offices like igloos?! I dreaded trying to figure out how to layer and wear warm clothes in the dead of Summer when I worked a 9-5! These are great tips!

    • Lee June 4, 2018 / 8:14 pm

      I know, its nuts! And thank you so much- glad you like the tips!

  10. Shira Rosenbluth June 4, 2018 / 9:00 pm

    Lovinggggg that lavender on you!

    • Lee June 4, 2018 / 9:14 pm

      Thank you so much Shira!!

    • Lee June 4, 2018 / 10:28 pm

      Aw thanks girl! It’s so, so cozy! Gotta love cashmere!

  11. Liz June 5, 2018 / 7:56 am

    That sweater is soooo cute! Actually, I love the whole outfit haha!


    • Lee June 5, 2018 / 11:44 am

      haha aw thanks Liz!!

  12. Taylor Aube June 5, 2018 / 2:17 pm

    Offices are always so cold! This is such a cute outfit idea babe, love it!

    • Lee June 5, 2018 / 9:06 pm

      Right!? It’s so nuts! And thank you so much for the kind words! Glad you like the outfit!

  13. Laura June 5, 2018 / 10:44 pm

    That lightweight sweater is so cute and I love it paired with your white jeans and pumps!

    xo, Laura

    • Lee June 5, 2018 / 10:48 pm

      Thank you so much Laura!!

  14. Bella June 6, 2018 / 1:53 pm

    This is such a cute look! Iā€™m loving those sleeves!

    • Lee June 6, 2018 / 10:19 pm

      Thank you so much Bella!

    • Lee June 7, 2018 / 4:16 pm

      Thanks so much Brittany!

  15. Bree June 8, 2018 / 10:19 pm

    This is such a great post, bc it’s a serious problem that nobody ever really addresses. And I HATE being cold! BTW I LOVE those cropped pants on you:)

    • Lee June 10, 2018 / 3:15 pm

      It’s the worst right! I feel so much less productive at the office if I’m cold, so finding ways to make sure I stay warm has always been a priority.
      And thank you so much for the kind words!!

  16. Amy June 11, 2018 / 5:49 am

    Wow! What a stunning look!! You look amazing. Love everything, head to toe. That top is so cute. Love the color and sleeves. And those white pants, I love the shape of the leg and the crop!

    • Lee June 11, 2018 / 3:35 pm

      Aw you are so sweet! Thank you so much!

  17. Bojana June 11, 2018 / 7:05 am

    Yes! What is up with over the top air conditioning?!? Don’t get me wrong, I know it’s a privilege to have it and I do appreciate it but can’t we set the thermostat to a comfortable level. Obviously this strikes a cord with me, LOL. Love how you put this outfit together and it totally screams spring even though you are wearing a cozy sweater. Lovely.


    • Lee June 11, 2018 / 3:36 pm

      Haha I couldn’t agree more! It’s nuts how cold some offices are. If I need to layer and be shivering, I am NOT a happy camper!

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