By Kim Duong and Kristina Rutkowski
Updated Jan 04, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
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Ah, Big Work Meeting, we meet again—except this time, the temperature is grazing sub zero and windchill is once again a thing. Welcome to winter. Welcome to not knowing how to dress for both work and an oncoming snowmageddon. Despite having that Big Work Meeting on your calendar, you may be thinking, I can just show up in some thermal leggings and a huge sweatshirt, dragging around a portable heater on wheels, right? WRONG. The phrase dress for success is real. And as one of your first 2017 challenges, you must conquer this one.

Follow this formula: sweater + clean workwear basics. Yes, resist the leggings. A streamlined coat and some polished winter accessories, like tall leather boots, will keep you warm and office-friendly, while a top-handle bag and gold earrings give the illusion that you care about your appearance, despite wanting to, you know, show up with thermal leggings, a frumpy sweatshirt, and a portable heater.