Dressing for multiple temperature zones in a 20 mile radius

blue and white

Everlane shirt – Sacai Luck pant – Jil Sander shoes

Boring outfit is boring. Boring outfit is also adequate.

I’ve noticed I have to get dressed for multiple zones of temperatures over the course of a day and all within my commute from work to home.

Zone 1: Getting up and dressed quickly in a barely 60F degree room each morning. We leave the heat very low overnight and don’t even bother turning it on during the weekdays until we get home. There’s no point to crank the heat on when it only takes us 30 minutes to get ready and out the door.

Zone 2: Driving to work means getting into a freezing cold car (lately around 34F) and immediately turning on the seat warmers because they’ll warm me up faster than the regular car heater will since the car has to heat up first. I’m usually bundled in a coat with a scarf and gloves. Because I am lucky to have a short commute my car barely gets comfortable by the time I reach work 25 minutes later.

Zone 3: The work office is warm so I’m out of my coat and gloves, but I tend to keep the scarf on for a bit because the office will get warmer throughout the day as more coworkers show up and more computers and office lights are turned on. There’s also the case of my having to storm off onto the shop floor in search of parts, so eventually I do take off my scarf.

Zone 4 (optional): Depending on how many meetings I have at work in the conference rooms I need another layer like a cardigan or layered shirt and sweater. Those rooms are ice boxes and many times I’ve had more meetings in them than I care to and am usually shivering by the end of most of them. Also, many departments of the shop floor have various temperatures. It’s no wonder people get colds while being at work.

Zone 5 (Mon, Wed, Fri – optional): Exercise days mean I drag myself out of my work clothes when I get home and put on workout gear. Usually this isn’t too bad when I first get home, but the colder it gets outside the longer it takes for the house to heat up and even for me to warm up while exercising. There are even sub-zones in our house. We live in a traditional Cape Cod style house so our bedroom upstairs is essentially in the attic, which gets blistering hot in the summer and freezing in the winter. Our house was also built in 1953 so there’s next to no insulation for most of the outside walls because that wasn’t really a thing back then, hence another reason why our house has three zones: Antartica (upstairs), the tropics (main floor), and Iceland (basement).

Really all of this sounds like I’m a horribly entitled person whinging and that’s quite true, but it still amuses me enough to mention it here.

7 thoughts on “Dressing for multiple temperature zones in a 20 mile radius”

  1. I hear you on the old house. The original part is 1902. The additions are from the 60s and 90s. We keep the a/c around 73-75 and the heat around 69-71 because any variation (even a degree) makes the kids’ bedrooms positively arctic (summer) or tropical (winter) by a margin of several degrees. My commute is now 6 minutes by car, which is nice. My office also warms significantly during the day. And my body temps run all over between being 40 and not terribly far out from my last birth (19 months). I would love to work out more regularly! I need to prioritize it again.


  2. I identify with all the varying climates and it’s nice to meet another person who keeps their home temp. as low as we do!


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