Women's Winter Outfits For The Office

Women's Winter Outfits For The Office

Heading into the office on a cold winter's day can make even the hardest worker miserable, so it's important to be dressed in a way you can stay warm and work comfortably at the same time. This article on winter work outfits contains everything you need to know about women's winter clothes in the office, as well as some extra ways you can keep warm in the office this winter!

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Winter Office Wear Materials

Before we get into the clothes themselves, let's talk about materials. The biggest jacket in the world won't keep you warm if it's made from the wrong material - here are some fabrics you should look for when buying winter clothing:

  • Wool: Ever looked at a sheep all wrapped up in fluffy wool, and thought 'Gee, I wish that was me'? Woollen clothing is the best way to keep warm and snug this winter, so make sure to have some woollen jumpers on hand. If you find wool itchy, try to invest in a nice merino wool piece, as it is softer.
  • Leather: Waterproof and durable, leather clothing is an investment that, if cared for properly, will get better as it ages and last you a lifetime.
  • Fleece: The synthetic material is made from polyester to mimic wool. It is breathable and dries quickly, but isn't as odour-resistant as natural wool and is also not water-resistant.
  • Down: Your favourite puffer jacket or doona will be filled with fluffy feathers that insulate you against the cold. Any winter clothing filled with down is a great choice to keep you warm!
  • Silk: This natural material wicks away moisture and helps keep the heat in (it's why it makes for such nice bedding!). Silk should be used as an underlayer only, as it is quite delicate and can be damaged easily.

Moisture-wicking materials are more important than you think in winter. If you are moving or get too warm at work, you are going to sweat - and in winter, this will make you feel cold and clammy. Moisture-wicking materials keep this moisture away from your skin and are vital to staying warm in winter.

Winter Work Outfits - Clothing

Now that you know what kinds of materials to look for, let's get into the clothes! Most of these categories have casual and formal options, depending on how strict your office is with its dress code.

Underwear and thermals

Putting together the perfect winter work outfit is all about layering, so let's start with the innermost layer. While you won't have to change your bra and underwear for winter from your usual suspects, thermal tops and pants (sometimes known as long underwear) are valuable second layers that will wick away moisture and keep you warm and dry. Rather than looking like literal underwear, thermal underwear takes the form of leggings and thin tops, either sleeveless or long-sleeved. Because the rest of your work outfit completely hides this layer, you can wear your favourite thermals no matter the formality of your work's dress code!


Pack away your favourite sandals, open-toe heels and any other shoes that expose your feet - it's time to rug up! If you have to take public transport and walk to get to your job, be prepared to walk on wet pathways and even through puddles.

In a casual workplace, a good pair of stylish boots will help keep your feet dry while also looking fabulous. Ankle boots with a comfortable heel and calf-length boots are both acceptable, and if you can find a pair lined with faux fur, even better! You can also wear a pair of stylish sneakers to a casual workplace, but take care to keep them clean and free from mud if you are wearing them to the office.

In a more formal setting you will need to stick to heeled boots, but you can go from ankle length to knee length to suit your outfit. Choose a lower heel if it makes you more comfortable and be sure to choose materials that are waterproof.

Pants & skirts

Avoid leggings in winter (hopefully you are wearing a pair of thermal leggings already), as your poor legs will feel the cold right through them with insulation.

In a casual office setting, neat denim jeans are always an easy choice, but they're not the most effective at keeping you warm during the colder months. Instead, consider layering them with thermal leggings or choosing denim lined with fleece to ensure you stay cosy without sacrificing style. Pair them with a chic sweater and ankle boots for a polished yet practical look that can handle the winter chill.

While they can be tricky to pull off in winter, the sophistication exuded from a cohesively styled jumpsuit or dress makes them a popular option for work - here's how to keep warm while wearing them!

Long coats are key to making a dress or jumpsuit work in any environment, so make sure to pair yours with one of the nude or black-shaded coats we mentioned above.

In a casual work office, the length of the dress isn't too important, so instead focus on choosing one made of an insulating fabric like wool or fleece.

For a formal office setting, jumpsuits should have sleeves and end at the ankle. A dress should also have sleeves but can end at the knee or calf - floor-length dresses often look either too formal or not formal enough, so avoid them unless it suits your industry. Wear thermal leggings under your dress or jumpsuit to keep the lower half of your body warm in winter.


One of the best things about winter is you get to put on all your favourite cold-weather accessories.


Any winter beanie will look super cute, but make sure it is made of a thick material that will stop you from losing heat from the top of your head. If you are going to be outside, make sure your beanie covers your ears as well.


Keep your chest warm and your neck covered with a layered scarf. Try not to be tempted by the airy, sheer scarves you might accessorise with in summer - instead look for thick fluffy scarves that you can wrap securely around your neck.


Choose hardy gloves made out of leather or wool that you can wear to and from the office without making your hands sweaty. Keep an eye out first gloves with fur trim, as they will help keep your wrists warm and stop air from getting inside the glove.

Winter Colour Themes

When you are putting together your winter office outfit, there are colour themes better suited to the season than others. Here are some popular colour themes you can work with when putting your winter work outfits together:

  • Autumn: If you love a warm colour, choosing an autumn-themed palette is a great idea, as it still has the colours you love but in a muted palette. Look for cool reds, browns, greens and mustard yellows for your clothes.
  • Stormy ocean: If you weren't in a wintery mood before, you will be after dressing yourself in this colour theme! Deep blues, cool greys and crisp whites all suit a winter theme. Black shoes, coats and leggings can also work with this palette.
  • Mulled wine: Channel this warming winter drink with a stunning colour theme. Deep purples and cool reds are a must, paired with mustard yellow, deep green and black.

Make sure to sort by colour when browsing our online store to find the perfect clothes to complete your winter work outfit!

Office Winter Fashion Styling Tips

Dressing warmly for winter doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style. With a little creativity and some strategic choices, you can create chic, comfortable outfits that are perfect for the office. Here are some winter fashion styling tips to help you stay fashionable and cosy during the colder months.

Layering for Warmth and Style

Layering is the cornerstone of winter fashion, allowing you to adjust your outfit based on the temperature and still look polished.

  • Base Layers: Start with thermal undergarments or a fitted long-sleeve top made from moisture-wicking materials like merino wool or silk. These layers are essential for trapping heat without adding bulk.
  • Mid-Layers: Add a cosy sweater or cardigan. Chunky knits are great for casual offices, while finer knits work well in more formal settings. Experiment with textures and patterns to add visual interest to your outfit.
  • Outer Layers: A stylish coat or jacket is a must. Wool coats are classic and sophisticated, while down jackets offer superior warmth. Trench coats and pea coats are versatile choices that can be dressed up or down.

Mixing and Matching Textures

Combining different textures in your outfit can add depth and interest, making your winter wardrobe more dynamic.

  • Knitwear: Pair a chunky knit sweater with a smooth leather skirt or trousers for a balanced look.
  • Silk and Wool: Combine a silk blouse with a wool blazer for a luxurious and warm outfit.
  • Denim and Fleece: For a casual office, try fleece-lined denim jeans with a soft cashmere sweater.

Accessorising for Warmth and Style

Winter accessories are not just practical, they can also elevate your outfit.

  • Scarves: A thick, wool scarf can add a pop of colour and texture to your ensemble. Infinity scarves and oversized wraps are particularly stylish and cosy.
  • Hats: Choose a beanie or a beret made from warm materials like wool or cashmere. These can add a chic touch while keeping your head warm.
  • Gloves: Leather gloves lined with cashmere or fleece are both elegant and functional, keeping your hands warm during your commute.

Footwear for Winter

Choosing the right footwear is crucial for staying warm and stylish.

  • Boots: Ankle boots and knee-high boots are versatile and can be worn with skirts, dresses, and trousers. Look for pairs with insulated linings for added warmth.
  • Heeled Boots: For formal settings, opt for heeled boots that provide elegance and height without compromising on comfort.
  • Winter Sneakers: For casual offices, winterized sneakers with waterproof materials and extra insulation can keep your feet warm and dry.

Colour Themes and Coordination

Winter is the perfect time to play with deeper, richer colours that reflect the season's mood.

  • Earth Tones: Warm up your wardrobe with shades of brown, beige, olive green, and burnt orange. These colours can be easily mixed and matched for a cohesive look.
  • Monochrome: Create a sophisticated look with monochromatic outfits in shades of grey, navy, or black. Add interest with different textures and layers.
  • Pops of Colour: Brighten up your winter wardrobe with bold accessories like scarves, hats, or gloves in red, mustard yellow, or emerald green.

Dresses and Skirts in Winter

Don't pack away your dresses and skirts just because it's cold. With the right styling, they can be winter-appropriate and stylish.

Jumpsuits for Winter

Jumpsuits are versatile and can be a stylish winter option if worn correctly.

  • Layering: Layer a fitted turtleneck or long-sleeve top under your jumpsuit for additional warmth. Opt for jumpsuits made from heavier fabrics like wool or flannel.
  • Blazers and Coats: Add a structured blazer or a long coat to your jumpsuit for a polished, professional look.
  • Footwear: Pair your jumpsuit with heeled boots for a formal setting or ankle boots for a more casual look.

Winter fashion is all about balancing warmth with style. By layering effectively, mixing textures, and choosing the right accessories, you can create outfits that are both cosy and chic. Whether you prefer a classic, sophisticated look or a more casual, laid-back style, these tips will help you navigate the winter months in style. Explore Harris Scarfe's wide range of winter clothing and accessories to find everything you need to stay warm and fashionable this season.

Harris Scarfe Has All The Winter Office Wear You'll Need This Season

With the huge variety of women's winter clothes at Harris Scarfe, you'll never be cold at the office again! Check out the full range of women's clothing online, or head to your nearest Harris Scarfe store and our friendly team can help you find the perfect winter outfit in no time.

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