Monday, October 4, 2010

Environmental Conditions

This outfit proved to be too warm as is, since by the time I wore it we were well into our Indian Summer mini-heat wave. Thankfully I was able to remove the sweater when it got too warm; I haven't always used such foresight in planning my outfits, and have sometimes been stuck with a top layer I can't remove because of bra straps or see-through bits or some other limitation. Or more often, I wore short sleeves and didn't account for it being colder inside.

After years of living in the Bay Area I've gotten better at this, and now I generally take some time to consider how the outfit looks with the top layer both on and off before I commit to it. I'm sure this is an issue for anyone who works in an office, where the inside temperature can be vastly different from what's going on outside. It's no problem if you've just got a jacket on top that you can remove, but if your layers are belted or if the top layer hides some flaw in the clothing underneath, it's important to consider how comfortable the outfit is going to be for the different environmental conditions your day will expose you to. Why plan an entire outfit for 10 minutes of outdoor heat when the rest of your day will be spent shivering in your air conditioned office?

Just in case I fail to plan appropriately, I keep the following emergency supplies in my office at work: 2 jackets (one black, one off-white), 1 sweater, and one closed-toed pair of shoes (in case I need to go in the lab and I'm wearing sandals or peep toes). And because I can be forgetful I also keep a toothbrush, toothpaste, and deodorant, lest I get to work and sit there fretting that there was something important I forgot to do that morning.


Do you plan for both inside and outside temperatures when you put together an outfit? Do you keep any emergency items at work or in your car in case it's warmer or colder than expected?

Shirt: Max Studio
Cardigan: Anthropologie
Skirt: thrifted
Shoes: John Fluevog

22 comments:

missjulied said...

Yes and yes, but for partially different reasons. I usually bike to work, so I leave a coat, hat, scarf and gloves at the office so I'll have additional layers walking to lunch on cold days. Layers that look better with my cute outfits, that is, instead of wearing my bike jacket and gloves.

I also keep a pair of Keen mary janes at the office in case it's raining when I go to lunch and I have on suede or other delicate shoes.

And lastly I keep a toothbrush, toothpaste, hand lotion and lip balm in my desk drawer too.

missjulied said...

Oh yeah, and I have a black cardigan there too, for when it's too cold in the office. Why does the AC always have to be so high?

Kim said...

Yep, also included are a sweater and a pair of emergency shoes in case the ones I'm wearing hurt my feet.

Sheila said...

I love this blue and green together - just glorious.

I used to keep a jacket at work, but it got dusty, so I gave it away. I'm not usually cold anymore (now that I don't have an office). I do keep deodorant, toothbrush, floss, nail polish (for tights runs), and a bunch of lip glosses in my desk drawer.

Fawn said...

I work from home, but my apartment gets very little direct light, so even when it's warm outdoors, I'm often chilly inside. So I always have a cardigan or light jacket nearby, even if I take it off when I leave the house. And I'm always looking for more cardigans.

Ana - Toil and Trouble said...

Love the cardigan! Office heating and cooling always seem to go to uncomfortable extremes.

Healthy and Homemade said...

HATED the heat wave! I'm so glad it rained all day!

Love love love the sweater =)

et said...

I do take into consideration indoor v outdoor. In fact that's my big challenge because a lot of the jackets I like would probably be too warm indoors, but I'd like to be able to layer them over sleeveless, which would be too few clothes.

I keep a black sweater & a neutral shawl at work for when I'm cold. Occasionally take a 2nd pair of shoes if not sure how what I'm wearing will last through the day.

Michelle said...

Ugh. I always get stuck with this...my office and lab aren't air-conditioned but the instrument next door is, so I dress just right for my office, overheat when I do lab work with my coat on and freeze when I'm setting up instrumentation!


Love the cardigan......would love to see the detail of the shirt underneath.

Jodi said...

that sweater is amazing!! I totally love it.. it could be so feminine and girlie, or edgey...
very cute, and looks amazing on you!!
j

Tamara said...

I keep jackets for all my family in my car, the really warm, ski type, even in the summer, so even when it's really hot outside, and we're in our summer dresses and sandals, and we want to go to San Francisco on a sunny weekend day, and we just cannot believe it could really be cold just 40 minutes drive away -- so in this case we don't freeze to death! LOL! :)

Megan Mae said...

Sweet! I love the blue cardigan with the green skirt.

I keep a 'tool kit' with chapstick, bandaids, scissors, pretty much anything I can fit in my purse.

I often have a jacket/cardigan on hand if there's even the possibility of being cold. I don't have a place of work since I'm in school but I often keep stuff stashed in the car/purse to be prepared.

Sal said...

So glad you're finally getting some WARMTH! Even if it meant you had to ditch that lovely cardigan.

I keep two shawls at my desk for emergencies. Plus a space heater. (Shhh, don't tell!)

Pamela said...

I have a spare sweatshirt and flip flops in my car and I always try to pack a cardigan in my roomy purse because many places are a/c-ed to the hilt.

Love the teal and green, such a great fall combination!

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Audi said...

Ah Sheila, now this is why I ask these questions -- so I can get little nuggets of wisdom such as nail polish for tights runs! What was I thinking, not having that in my desk??

Carol said...

I have an emergency black cashmere wrap that I've even draped over my legs on occasion. It's lived in my various offices for more than ten years and has been worn many, many times when the weather has taken a turn for the worse. I also keep an emergency makeup kit, small sewing kit and a pack of dried soup in cases of extreme hunger. I always have nail polish, like Sheila. My mother taught me that when I was about 13 and started wearing pantyhose to school.

Anonymous said...

I have extra shoes in my office - in case I come to work with boots or rubber boots (from greenhouse). Those shoes are pretty but fragile so I can't wear them outside. Also I have huge scarf like thing because I'm really afraid of cold. In my drawers can be found also extra tights, socks, cookies-tea-sugar-noodles etc. I also keep my sport clothes at my workplace.
S.

Iris said...

Those shoes are awesome!

Between Laundry Days said...

I plan for a plethora of temperatures this time of year. It's frigid while I walk to work, alternatively sweltering and brisk in my office, and glowingly warm on the way home. Needless to say, I'm confused.

Ketura said...

Yes, I plan for temperature changes. I hate being too hot or too cold! I like wearing a sleeveless or short-sleeve something underneath a jacket or cardigan. I am religious about carrying a shawl with me at all times -- love the ones that can roll up into a little ball and stashed in a purse! (Oh, and I just posted 5 ways to layer, so I guess this is on my mind. There are a couple months twice a year when you really need to plan for variable weather, at least where I live!)

Nubby Tongue said...

You must get a TON of compliments on that cardigan. The color, the cut, the detailing; it's a show stopper!

I always bring a cardigan when I'm going to be between climates (beach then restaurant then walking then movie). I've never had a job with my own desk, so no tidbits of wisdom from me. Sorry! =P

Diana said...

I try to be prepared for many different temperatures too. Despite the fact that the air conditioning at my work was replaced this summer, I never know from one day to the next if it will be 80 or 65 in my library.