What to Wear in a Cold Conference Room?

Hi Deborah,

I’m from Europe and the biggest problem I face when in the U.S. is the big difference between temperature outside and the freezing, air conditioned rooms inside. ( I usually travel to New York, Washington, DC and Miami in spring/summer).

I’m not used to that and I don’t know how to dress for that. Usually I end up with a chunky, fleece sweater or my coat over my business outfit in the rooms, and socks! Then I take that all off again on the way out!

How do you gals keep elegant with that large change in temperature? Laura

Coral Cashmere Wrap

Deborah in her signature coral cashmere wrap

Hi Laura

Great question because that is a real problem for me too. I  have been to many conferences in the last year and have always taken a big cashmere wrap with me.

Here’s me in my signature coral one, but I also have a red wrap as well as a leopard wrap that I wear all the time. These wraps are lightweight, chic and they keep you really warm. I love wearing them on airplanes, in conference rooms and when I’m out for dinner on a patio in the evening.

cashmere wraps at Neiman Marcus

cashmere wraps at Neiman Marcus

I purchased all three of my cashmere wraps at Neiman Marcus in the U.S., in  the lingere department of all places, but looking around have seen similar things in the scarf/belt/accessory department of other major department stores.

Leopard Cashmere Wrap Travel Wear

Leopard Cashmere Wrap Travel Wear

As for socks, well,  I just wear closed toe shoes to keep my feet warm and always carry nude pantyhose in case my legs get too chilly when I am wearing  a dress.

If it’s day 2 of a conference and I know the room will be cold, I often wear pants and carry some knee highs or trouser socks  in my purse to wear with my closed toe shoes if need be.

There’s nothing worse than shivering all when you are trying to enjoy a conference.

Does anyone else have any suggestions for how they keep warm? If so, please let me know.



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  1. I think these are great ideas. Those wraps are both beautiful and elegant.

  2. More tips about this please!

  3. Lina Lorio says:

    What a wonderful way of staying warm.
    As style is the main issue, sometimes wearing a light camy under the shirts, also help to keep you warm.

  4. boots!!!