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How to survive your crazy cold office

As the temperature rises outside, it seems like offices everywhere are compensating with ridiculously cold thermostat settings. Think you don't need to bring a coat to go outside? How about inside!

"It happens every summer: Offices turn on the air-conditioning, and women freeze into Popsicles," The New York Times declared last August.

Freezing office syndrome is a real, uncomfortable problem plaguing workplaces throughout the city.

The A/C is blasting and your summer work outfit just won't cut it when it feels like Queen Elsa is your office manager.

Here are a few ways to conquer the chill!

**Alternatively, you could ask someone to turn down the air **

Get a chunky blanket

You're cold and you're not going to hide
Photo Credit: Ohhio via Etsy

You're cold and you're not going to hide it! Get the chunkiest blanket that will fit on your desk chair -- hey, let it overflow -- and cuddle up. You'll work more efficiently when you're warm (we think). Find the pictured wool blanket at etsy.com.

Zip up that parka

No room for your Canada Goose in your
Photo Credit: Canada Goose / Calypso

No room for your Canada Goose in your tiny little apartment closet? No problem! Hang it in your office and use it on the regular. You paid a fortune for that down-filled parka, warm up with it all year round. If you're looking for a new winter coat, it's a great time to find one gently used or on sale.

Stock up on pashminas

If your office only has a slight chill,
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If your office only has a slight chill, a pashmina purchased between midtown and Chinatown will do the trick. Try to bargain for a set price on three, so you can layer your 100% cashmere (not) street pashminas when the cold really sets in.

Snuggle into a Snuggie

Yes, we're going there. Forget business attire, it
Photo Credit: Snuggie

Yes, we're going there. Forget business attire, it gets serious when you have to break out the Snuggie, which can easily slip over whatever professional outfit you're wearing to the office. A zebra pattern will really make your day more interesting! $15, mysnuggiestore.com

6. Hot tea

After shivering through your morning cold brew, switch
Photo Credit: DavidsTea

After shivering through your morning cold brew, switch it up to hot tea like it's winter all over again. DavidsTea sells colorful mugs with infusers perfect for that steamy cup of springtime tea. Brew up a cup of something fruity and you'll forget it's winter inside.

Sweet socks

No matter what your outfit, purposely clash with
Photo Credit: Happy Socks

No matter what your outfit, purposely clash with the season in a pair of knee-high, colorful socks. The statement: you're freezing and you're not going to take it. Try Happy Socks for purposefully obnoxious foot coverings to keep your warm.

Pull on some leg warmers

The '80s are back, And no, we don't
Photo Credit: American Apparel

The '80s are back, And no, we don't mean the temperature of your frozen desk space. If socks aren't cutting it, pull on some legwarmers for some "Flashdance"' inspired added warmth. Break into a dance to increase body heat! What a feeling. Check out American Apparel's all-season selection of colorful and professional leg warmers or visit your nearest midtown dance supply story.

Consider some arm warmers

As seen on New York Fashion Week runways
Photo Credit: Kiso

As seen on New York Fashion Week runways (we think), Kiso's multifunctional arm warmers (like leg warmers, but for your arms) come in a variety of colors and patterns to match and clash with any outfit. They also come in a cute little carrying case so you can have them easily at your disposal when chilly. Check out the collection at kisowear.com.

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