You most likely know what to wear to work, depending on your office climate and whether people only wear suits or dress more casually. But can your clothes stack up to your morning subway ride, no matter the climate? Whether you take public transit or drive to work, it’s possible to find clothes that you can easily wear on your commute and at the office. Check out these five tips on how to dress for both your commute and your 9-5.
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1. Switch Your Shoes
For both genders, shoes are the trickiest part of dressing for the office. Both women and men should commute in comfortable sneakers (or if it’s summer, sandals are okay, too). Women can bring a pair of office-appropriate heels and men can bring a pair of loafers or dress shoes to change into at the office. It’s the perfect solution for wanting to be comfortable for the commute but still look presentable for your work day. The same trick applies to the colder seasons. In the winter, you don’t want to wear your bulky snow boots all day long, so it’s a good idea to even keep some shoes at your desk or cubicle to easily change into.
2. It's All About Layers
Layering is a good trick. As anyone who takes public transit during the warmer months knows, it can get pretty steamy in a crowded morning subway or bus. But a sleeveless dress or shirt may be too revealing for your office environment, and most offices crank up the air conditioning as well. Simply bring a sweater or blazer to change into when you get to the office. Problem solved. You can also keep some extra warm sweaters at work for those days when you go for a lunchtime walk and it’s colder than when you left the house in the morning.
3. Invest in a Nice Coat
Your brightly colored parka may be cozy and keep the cold air away, but it might not match your professional attire. The same goes for that jean jacket you might wear on the weekends in spring and fall. Buy a nice, semi-fancy coat for the fall and winter seasons, and you will look good on your commute. It’s also a good idea since you never know when you might need to leave the office with co-workers: heading to a local coffee shop, out for a lunch meeting, or even to a work event. On those occasions, you can count your coat as part of your office clothes.
4. Wear a Backpack
A backpack may not be the coolest of accessories – although you can find some stylish ones these days. But you put a small purse into the backpack and then tuck it away under your desk, out of sight. Carrying a heavy tote bag does a number on your back and shoulders, so taking some of the pressure off and wearing a backpack can help. You don’t want to arrive at the office in pain before the day has even begun.
5. Wear a Completely Different Outfit
What to do on a sweltering summer day when you’re got a meeting with your boss or an important presentation? You don’t want to take the bus in your best, most professional looking suit, in case you get too overheated and don’t look presentable enough. Simply wear a different outfit – perhaps a lightweight summer shirtdress – and change in your building’s bathroom or the restroom of a nearby coffee shop. This also gives you some extra time to make sure you look your best before the big day.
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There are enough decisions to make during a typical work day – what to wear to work and during your morning commute doesn’t have to be another one. Follow these fve simple tips and always commute in style.