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  • #16
    I wouldn't endorse the baselayer idea because if you get overheated and need to de-layer, the fact that your extra layer is underneath everything else makes that a pain. Something that's easy to slip on and off as needed is probably your best bet. I have (or had... I just cleaned it and found some kind of moth hole in it, RIP) a lightweight tobacco brown cardigan that I leave at my office that can be worn to court if necessary. But if you're in tech, you are probably able to get away with a lot more casual fare. In that case I'd really recommend something light a light down vest. It is easy to layer, easy to slip on and off, easy to stuff into a bag or backpack, and won't look out of place in most environments in Seattle. (You could even wear it under a blazer in a pinch.) Depending on your style and your environment you could go loud and colorful or very basic and neutral.
    Ben

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Danny View Post
      Follow up question for the fine folks on this thread (@idvsego, [MENTION=13934]hockeysc23[/MENTION], [MENTION=19117]Ron[/MENTION] etc):

      I'm looking at base layers, and these seems to be different weights. Also, most options are predominantly polyester (see here or here). Generally, I try to avoid poly like the plauge... but in this case, the synthetic nature might make it more warm? What do you think of those options?

      The most ideal I know, would be something merino.... but I just can't justify spending ~$100 on ONE base layer. I'd be looking to buy 5 or so total, and $500 is more than I want to invest here. I was thinking $25-30 each. Any specific suggestions for layers that would work? Beyond choice itself, what weight should I look for - Medium weight or Heavy weight (which seem to be rated for ACTUALLY freezing temps)?

      Thoughts / suggestions for what i should go with?
      I don't have any specific recommendations at your price point. The one I was going to link you is 3 times your budget. Also be aware that the good one's don't hold odor or sweat however so you might be able to do with less then 5.

      [MENTION=2341]LesserBlackDog[/MENTION] makes a good point about using the top layers rather then the bottom for the extra warmth. You know your environment best and what will work for you.

      The sweater you linked from Gap is the one I have. I have it in several colors. My house is always cool and I can't keep it on in the house. It's just too warm.

      The fleece lined base layers provide a LOT of warmth. My wife also runs cold and she was toasty with them skiing. For me they were fine on the chair lift but once I was on a trail I'd be dripping like a wet sponge.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Danny View Post
        Follow up question for the fine folks on this thread (@idvsego, [MENTION=13934]hockeysc23[/MENTION], [MENTION=19117]Ron[/MENTION] etc):

        I'm looking at base layers, and these seems to be different weights. Also, most options are predominantly polyester (see here or here). Generally, I try to avoid poly like the plauge... but in this case, the synthetic nature might make it more warm? What do you think of those options?

        The most ideal I know, would be something merino.... but I just can't justify spending ~$100 on ONE base layer. I'd be looking to buy 5 or so total, and $500 is more than I want to invest here. I was thinking $25-30 each. Any specific suggestions for layers that would work? Beyond choice itself, what weight should I look for - Medium weight or Heavy weight (which seem to be rated for ACTUALLY freezing temps)?

        Thoughts / suggestions for what i should go with?
        Could go with plain old cotton. Long sleeve waffle knit T and long john bottoms. They won't wick as well as a polyester fabric but if you're just at your desk or walking around the office significant sweating is probably not happening anyway. An extra full length layer on the legs, regardless of whether it's cotton, synthetic or wool, makes a big difference.

        That said, I don't see anything wrong with a poly-synthetic base layer. A lot of people here have said good things about the Uniqlo Heat Tech long johns and they are affordable. I really like the Patagonia Capilene (real expensive) and Polartec Power Dry (somewhat less expensive but still not cheap) base layers but only really use them for active pursuits - cold weather hiking and biking, cross country and downhill skiing, etc. except when I'm home in Michigan during the winter. There I usually wear long john bottoms daily as it's about the only way to layer up below the waist and as I said it makes a big difference. I've only got 3 pair of long john bottoms and am considering ordering a couple pair from the aforementioned Uniqlo to give me more capacity to layer up more often in the winter.
        “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” – Mark Twain

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Ron View Post
          The sweater you linked from Gap is the one I have. I have it in several colors. My house is always cool and I can't keep it on in the house. It's just too warm.
          That Gap shaker stitch cardigan has popped up time and time on this forum over the past few months, including in the WIWT threads. And for good reason - it looks great, is hefty and warm, and cheap! I bought one and love it. I think this should be strongly considered for the next Dappered Day!

          Based on your description of your preference and environment, I think trying a warmer base is the best first step. At your price range, I have heard a lot of good things about the 32 Degrees base layers, which can be found at Costco, Amazon and other places. I have no personal experience with them. I recently bought Amazon's Peak Velocity poly/spandex "fitted thermal long sleeve shirt" and thought it was great. Seems thick and sturdy and has a sort of brushed interior that felt great against the skin. And it really is fitted. I think it'd make a great base.

          Also, I don't believe anyone has mentioned the bottom half. You could step up to corduroy or flannel/moleskin pants. Another alternative is flannel and fleece-lined jeans or chinos. I have some flannel-lined chinos from Gap and they are incredibly soft and warm. Too warm for my office, but I run hot.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Burner View Post
            That Gap shaker stitch cardigan has popped up time and time on this forum over the past few months, including in the WIWT threads. And for good reason - it looks great, is hefty and warm, and cheap! I bought one and love it. I think this should be strongly considered for the next Dappered Day!

            Based on your description of your preference and environment, I think trying a warmer base is the best first step. At your price range, I have heard a lot of good things about the 32 Degrees base layers, which can be found at Costco, Amazon and other places. I have no personal experience with them. I recently bought Amazon's Peak Velocity poly/spandex "fitted thermal long sleeve shirt" and thought it was great. Seems thick and sturdy and has a sort of brushed interior that felt great against the skin. And it really is fitted. I think it'd make a great base.

            Also, I don't believe anyone has mentioned the bottom half. You could step up to corduroy or flannel/moleskin pants. Another alternative is flannel and fleece-lined jeans or chinos. I have some flannel-lined chinos from Gap and they are incredibly soft and warm. Too warm for my office, but I run hot.
            And it frequently goes on sale. I think I got it for 40% + another 10% off during a sale.

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            • #21
              [MENTION=2341]LesserBlackDog[/MENTION] - I hear you RE removability, and am trying the cardigan route as a first step.
              Still like the idea of a very warming base layer though. Would be ideal if I could just wear that and my button ups around the office.

              As for a down vest, I have coworkers that go that route. While I don't think it looks bad per-se, I can't seem to pull off vests. I've tried, and somehow they always seem to look just... odd on me. For whatever reason, I'm just not a fan. So while good advice, I'll probably skip that path.

              The sweater you linked from Gap is the one I have. I have it in several colors. My house is always cool and I can't keep it on in the house. It's just too warm.
              That sounds like my kind of sweater! If the one I ordered from Old Navy doesn't work out (or more so if it DOES work out), I have the second cardigan I'll order on lock. Thanks for the real-world testimony there!

              The fleece lined base layers provide a LOT of warmth. My wife also runs cold and she was toasty with them skiing.
              If they're that heavy, I should probably go with something medium-weight. To [MENTION=2341]LesserBlackDog[/MENTION]'s point, I don't want to overheat and have to try to take off everything in the bathroom.

              Could go with plain old cotton. Long sleeve waffle knit T and long john bottoms
              - I have some of these, and wear them. The basic cotton waffle knit isn't quite warm enough. I find I reach for my coat often enough to justify upping the ante a bit. I don't really need the long john pants because many of my pants are built to be extra warm (uniqulo heattech)

              A lot of people here have said good things about the Uniqlo Heat Tech long johns and they are affordable
              given my positive experience with uniqulo's heat tech in pants etc, I was considering buying a heattech undershirt to see if that makes a difference. With your comment adding support, I'll pull the trigger on this to try it out

              [MENTION=16838]Burner[/MENTION] thanks for the ideas. Gap cardigan is definitely on my shortlist. I do already own the 32 degrees base layers from costco, and they don't offer much warmth. Will check out the peak velocity option from amazon though! Bottom half is usually ok, since I frequently uniqlo's heattech line in chinos.

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              • #22
                Summing up our conclusions

                For those that join the dialogue late, or in the future, here's a summary of some of the advice i've found most helpful:
                - Find a better, more warm option for base layers
                - But don't go TOO warm, because you can't easily remove a base
                - Get the gap cardigan we've linked to. Or other chunky cardigans.
                - Don't forget about your bottom half, where heat can be lost
                - A vest could be a good option, or a small space heater for your desk (if the office would allow it), or in more formal offices a wool blazer.

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                • #23
                  [MENTION=19117]Ron[/MENTION] - I went back through the last few pages of the WIWT thread. I believe you posted that Gap sweater in different colors on back-to-back days last week. And [MENTION=13399]DocDave[/MENTION] wore it (I think) in a third color a couple weeks prior. These photos made me pull the trigger on Cyber Monday for ~$36. Great deal.

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                  • #24
                    Might take a while to find either of these options cheaper, but Dehen or North Sea Clothing sweaters are very thick and warm.

                    https://dehen1920.com/collections/sw...oat-2-darknavy
                    https://northseaclothing.com/collect...-cardigan-navy

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by paintflinger View Post
                      Might take a while to find either of these options cheaper, but Dehen or North Sea Clothing sweaters are very thick and warm.
                      https://dehen1920.com/collections/sw...oat-2-darknavy
                      https://northseaclothing.com/collect...-cardigan-navy
                      Beautiful coats, but too pricey for my taste.

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by Burner View Post
                        These photos made me pull the trigger on Cyber Monday for ~$36. Great deal.
                        I would have snagged two of them at that price point! They look great. The one I ordered from Old Navy came today, and seems like it'll be a solid go-to. SUUUUPER soft, and makes me feel professorial

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                        • #27
                          If you want warmth, lambs wool is the traditional option. It isn't as fine as merino, but usually comes in thicker and warmer clothes. Cashmere is much warmer than wool, but is also more expensive and therefore often thinner in garments.

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                          • #28
                            A cardigan plus wool socks keep me warm in the office.

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                            • #29
                              Over the calf socks can do wonders to keep your legs warm.

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