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Help me stay warm at work! Please?!

(66 Posts)
CakeNinja Wed 01-Nov-17 16:40:29

I work in a school, we have Windows permanently open, in and out of the school to do outdoor learning every 5 minutes etc.
I need to keep bloody warm, I'm home now and in bed trying to warm up!
Please tell me what warm dresses/boots etc you wear so I can also buy them grin
I'm hopeless at shopping, do everything online.
Nothing low cut on top and arms covered.
Size 14, budget is whatever it costs to keep me bloody warm grin

Justmuddlingalong Wed 01-Nov-17 16:41:55

Sorel boots are cosy. Lots of thinner layers. And yes, thermal underwear.

IdentityRequest1 Wed 01-Nov-17 16:45:49

Look at Uniqlo Heattech stuff, lots of options for thinner layers...

Rubyslippers7780 Wed 01-Nov-17 16:47:19

I have a fleece top that has a battery pack and a switch in the pocket so heats up like an electric blanket....

CakeNinja Wed 01-Nov-17 16:48:39

Have just had a look at Sorel boots. I think they are a little 'jazzy' for me!! I will definitely think about thermals though. And regarding lots of layers, I see the benefit of this but the reality is - it makes me look even more bulky and chunky (though I'm so cold this is slightly less of an issue, comfort over style!) and loads more washing!

CakeNinja Wed 01-Nov-17 16:49:41

Now ruby, do you know of anything non fleece which is also battery operated? This sounds amazing grin
I would be so smug, not to mention snug!

Rubyslippers7780 Wed 01-Nov-17 16:53:00

If you look on amazon for battery heated clothes there are loads of options - base layers, fleeces, gloves etc. Sorry I don't know how to post a clicky link...

Janek Wed 01-Nov-17 16:53:01

I have a down bodywarmer from decathlon - it wasn't very expensive and it's really warm (i wear it in the house...) and because there are no sleeves it's not restrictive and looks less coat-like than a coat would...

GreenTulips Wed 01-Nov-17 16:53:50

Sports direct skins £4 ish for bottoms lots of tops long/short sleeves

I've spend a day in the forest and never been warmer

Two pairs of socks and thick soles shoes/boots

GreenTulips Wed 01-Nov-17 16:54:05

And a fleece lined hat is essential

CakeNinja Wed 01-Nov-17 16:56:30

I can't wear a hat in the classroom grin
Thanks all, lots of great suggestions here, I'll be ordering some underlayers and investigating battery warmed clothes - i never know these existed!

Spudlet Wed 01-Nov-17 16:58:28

Everyone seems to rave about Uniqlo thermals. I'm hoping to snag some for myself soon!

I don't know what your footwear requirements are like, but if chunky boots are acceptable, I used to have a pair of Tuffa Suffolks and they were toasty. Good in the wet too, as long as you treated them with waterproofing stuff for leather. When it was -13 a few years back, I wore them to work with dresses and no one turned a hair.

KeiraTwiceKnightley Wed 01-Nov-17 16:59:12

Wool tights, corduroy skirts. And a body warmer as easy to pop on and off but v cosy.

Spudlet Wed 01-Nov-17 17:01:08

Also, would fingerless gloves / hand warmers be acceptable? Warm hands help a lot, I find.

You can also get those little heat packs for your pocket that work when you snap the metal disc - they're great and you just boil them when they go cold to reset them. Mountain Warehouse often have them as their 2 for 1 offers or a BOGOF, so you could have several sets for throughout the day in your pockets.

Dozer Wed 01-Nov-17 17:02:17

Those working conditions sound awful! Are the DC freezing too?!

CakeNinja Wed 01-Nov-17 17:03:02

Arghh my tights always snag on the corners of all the little tables, they have a rough sort of textured edging around them. I've given up on buying and wearing expensive warm ones for work, they are pretty much ruined after one wear sad

KeiraTwiceKnightley Wed 01-Nov-17 17:03:13

I love my ugg boots. They're not the normal bootee style but look like a biker. But are fleecey lined like normal uggs. Toasty.

Auldspinster Wed 01-Nov-17 17:04:26

Fleecy insoles make a huge difference too.

MrsPestilence Wed 01-Nov-17 17:06:59

technical thermals nice and fitted, hold you in a bit, and are the layer to wash.

A silk shirt.

Cashmere is very warm, but a nuisance to wash if it gets stuff on it. You know you have always wanted a twin set. grin

Get a long gillet, to keep your bum warm.

Are a hat and gloves pushing it?

Thick wool socks and thermal boots are the way to go.

pret Wed 01-Nov-17 17:08:32

I’d love battery operated clothes heating system stuff when I’m on playground duty. Never heard of it.

CakeNinja Wed 01-Nov-17 17:09:02

The dc are fine, we need windows open otherwise the room gets stuffy and germs and bacteria will multiply at an alarming rate!
It's mainly me that spends most time in the afternoons either outside or working by the open back doors!

Spudlet Wed 01-Nov-17 17:09:35

Two pairs of cheap, thick tights work. I like wearing black tights over coloured ones, because I aspire to quirkiness but am too chicken to fully commit. grin But two black pairs work too!

I also have a waterfall cardigan in merino and cashmere from Woolovers. SO warm. Wouldn't be without it in winter.

Sorry for the many posts, I really feel the cold and used to work in a horrifically cold office so feel your pain! ⛄️

Whitney168 Wed 01-Nov-17 17:12:22

Do you wear scarves? Easy way to look like you're making an effort, but it's amazing how much warmer they keep you. Not big bulky Doctor Who efforts, but obviously not thin silky ones either - go for ones with a decent bit of natural fibre and investigate youtube for different ways of tying.

SpoonfulOfJam Wed 01-Nov-17 17:13:08

Can I jump in and ask about socks?

I wear trousers that are slightly shorter than full length, with slip on shoes. I hate those little knee highs as the natural colour is never natural enough and they fall down and bunch around the top of my foot.

Are there thin, good quality socks that would look smart. I'm thinking of glitter socks as I think socks wouldn't really go, so to make a cool little feature of them.

blodynmawr Wed 01-Nov-17 17:46:55

Our office is always freezing so I like these fairly cheap layer-y things in winter:
M&S thermal knee highs which don't fall down. I wear a pair of merino socks as well. (I wear the same cotton trousers from Boden all year round and in winter add these many thin layers, which I have found to be better than one thick one.)
Sheepskin insoles in all knee high and ankle boots - buy boots a size up to accommodate.
M&S Vest under top or dress.
HTH smile

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