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11 things you should never wear to work in winter

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11 wardrobe items to avoid this cold season when choosing a look for work. Source: Pinterest

The office dress code has become more casual over the years, but there are still certain guidelines to follow when it comes to winter workwear. As a general rule, it's wise to dress in layers to make sure you can adapt to the cold outside and the heat indoors. And if you work in a chilly office, wear wool or cashmere to keep you warm.

Ultimately, however, dress codes vary from city to city, industry to industry, and office to office, so these suggestions should be viewed as guidelines that you adapt to your specific workplace. Business Insider has taken into account all the important points and collected 11 wardrobe items that should not be worn to the office during the cold season.

"Dressing for work in the winter can present unique challenges because you need to prepare for both the cold weather outside and how warm it might be inside," said Stephanie Naznicki, CEO of OfficeTeam.

Single layer

11 things you should never wear to work in winter

If you're tempted to wear a winter hat, parka, scarf, or all of the above at the same time, you're probably making a typical winter mistake: dressing in only one layer.

Kat Griffin, founder of the fashion blog Corporette, recommends wearing thermal underwear under your clothes. This option, Griffin said, "will significantly help block the cold coming from the outside, but will not add volume inside."

Skirts or dresses without tights

11 things you should never wear to work in winter

Wear tights with a dress or skirt, advises the Cloture Club website. This is obvious when you go out in the cold.

Black tights are the easiest option. Patterned or colored tights are suitable for a more casual office dress code, Griffin wrote.

Suits in beige or light gray

11 things you should never wear to work in winter

"Light brown and light gray suits should be in your wardrobe during the spring and summer months, but they are inappropriate for winter," said Brice Pattison, fashion director of The Black Tux, an online suit and tuxedo rental startup. "Instead, you're better off with dark gray or navy blue," he added.

"Ugly" holiday sweaters

11 things you should never wear to work in winter

Is it funny? Yes. Is it suitable for the office? Probably not - unless it's part of an office theme.

"Save your ugly holiday sweater for the weekend," Naznicki said, "It can be an attention-grabber for the wrong reason.

Uggs

11 things you should never wear to work in winter

Yes, they are comfortable, and they looked cool in high school. But Naznicki says they're not appropriate for the office.

"Uggs are just glorified slippers," the Monster.com blog says. "And what are slippers? They are part of your pajamas. Do professionals wear pajamas to the office? No."

A bunch of winter accessories

11 things you should never wear to work in winter

"Most cold-weather accessories, such as mittens, hats, and headphones, are prohibited in the workplace," Naznicki said. Of course, it may be too cold in your office to do without extra layers.

Naznicki believes that scarves and blankets are great for chilly offices. Pattison added that hats are acceptable in casual offices.

Summer fabrics

11 things you should never wear to work in winter

Is it cool in the office? Pattison said to avoid thin or cotton clothing. Other popular summer fabrics include linen, sisal and rayon.

"100% cotton sweaters aren't really warm," said Griffin. "There are so many affordable merino and cashmere sweaters (and honestly, some business casual fleece sweaters!) that are much warmer.

This is the time of year to pull out your favorite fleece, wool, and cashmere pieces.

Snow boots

11 things you should never wear to work in winter

Hardy winter boots are a bit more practical than uggs, but still not suitable for a corporate environment.

Naznitsky suggested wearing snow boots to work and then "changing them for another pair of shoes that you can change into at the office."

Suede shoes

11 things you should never wear to work in winter

From a practical standpoint, suede shoes are not the best choice for winter.

"If you want to ruin a pair of suede shoes, snow, slush, and rain are some of the quickest ways to do it," Pattison said. "If you have to, consider wearing boots for the street and changing into suede shoes at the office.

Oversized sweaters

11 things you should never wear to work in winter

According to the Cloture Club, especially in a formal work environment, it is important to have neat, discreet clothing.

Huge sweaters are very comfortable, but they can come across as sloppy or unprofessional. Instead, keep a shawl, sweater, or an extra jacket in the office.

Blankets

11 things you should never wear to work in winter

Even if it's cold in your office, don't use a huge blanket. This will not create the most professional look.

"I've heard of people in conservative offices wearing hoodies and even throwing huge blankets over their shoulders," said Kat Griffin.

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