Winter Edition – Tips for Plus-Size Professionals in Kenya

 

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Winter is here, and as a plus-size professional in Kenya, you may be wondering myself included how to dress stylishly and comfortably for the cold season while maintaining a professional look in the office. Don’t worry, I got US covered! In this Winter Edition with some tips.

We as the bigandboldke team will provide you with some valuable tips and outfit ideas to help you navigate the winter months with confidence.

Disclaimer as a Kenyan reading this you might be wondering whether we experience winter or not and if so when. Well the truth is Kenya experiences distinct dry and wet seasons as a result of its equator-bound location and proximity to the Indian Ocean.

There are primarily two dry seasons. The first one covers the nation’s summer, which lasts from December to March.

Winter in the nation, another dry season, lasts from July to October. Hence having June, July, August, September & October as the coldest months.

Early morning temperatures at higher altitude are typically 10°C/50°F.” Again it depends with where you are located in the country ,temperatures may vary with the regions.

Layering is Key

Layering is a fundamental aspect of winter fashion, and it offers a practical solution for plus-size professionals in Kenya.

Start with a well-fitted base layer, such as a long-sleeved thermal top or a lightweight sweater. Layer it with a stylish blouse or a button-up shirt.

Add a cozy cardigan or a tailored blazer for an extra layer of warmth and sophistication.

This layering technique not only keeps you warm but also allows you to adjust your clothing according to the fluctuating indoor temperatures.

Opt for Fabrics that Provide Warmth and Comfort

Opting for fabrics that provide warmth and comfort is crucial when dressing professionally in winter.

By carefully selecting the right materials, you can stay cozy while maintaining a polished appearance. Here are some fabric-related tips to help you navigate the cold season with style:

  1. Wool: Wool is a classic choice for cold attire due to its excellent insulation properties. Look for garments made from high-quality wool, such as merino wool, which is soft, lightweight, and offers great warmth. A wool coat, sweater, or tailored pants can instantly elevate your professional look while keeping you snug.
  2. Cashmere: Cashmere is a luxurious and incredibly soft fabric that provides exceptional warmth. Consider investing in a cashmere sweater or cardigan to layer over your work attire. Not only will it keep you comfortable, but it will also add a touch of elegance to your outfit.
  3. Stretchy or Relaxed-fit Fabrics: When choosing winter clothing, consider garments with a bit of stretch or relaxed-fit options. These fabrics allow for ease of movement and ensure all-day comfort, making it easier to stay focused and productive. Look for trousers, skirts, or blazers with a slight stretch or relaxed cut for added comfort during long hours at work.

Embrace Rich Colors and Patterns

Winter doesn’t mean you have to stick to a monotonous color palette. Embrace rich colors and bold patterns to add vibrancy to your office outfits.

Dark jewel tones like burgundy, emerald green, and navy blue can add a touch of elegance to your winter wardrobe.

Experiment with patterns such as plaids, hounds tooth, or subtle floral prints to bring visual interest to your attire.

Invest in Warm Accessories

Accessories are not only stylish but also functional in combating the cold weather.

Invest in a good-quality scarf, gloves, and a hat to keep you warm during your commute or outdoor activities

Opt for oversized scarves or blanket wraps that can double as shawls, providing both warmth and a fashionable statement.

Don’t forget to choose accessories that complement your outfit and reflect your personal style.

Keep a Shawl or Extra Blazer at Work

Professional Blazer

Keep an extra blazer or shawl in your workplace because office temperatures can vary especially

Nairobi weather, It’s Important To Be Prepared For Both Indoor Chill and Outdoor Cold.

When you need extra warmth indoors, have a shawl or extra blazer at your desk to layer over your attire.

Choose items that are adaptable and may be worn as an accessory or thrown over your shoulders to go with a variety of outfits.

Keep a Pair of Fingerless Gloves at Your Desk

With gloves on, typing and using a computer can be difficult, but you also don’t want your hands to become too cold.

Keeping a pair of fingerless gloves nearby can be a good idea.

With your fingers free to move about and your hands toasty in these gloves, it will be simpler to work and stay productive.

Footwear Matters

In Kenya’s cold season, keeping your feet warm and protected is essential.

Opt for closed-toe shoes or boots that provide insulation and traction.

Look for styles that offer comfort and support for long workdays.

winter warm footwear

 

Boots with a wider calf width are ideal for plus-size individuals, ensuring a comfortable fit without compromising style.

Consider investing in a good pair of leather or suede boots that can withstand the winter elements while adding a touch of sophistication to your office look.

Conclusion

In conclusion, dressing professionally in cold season doesn’t have to be a daunting task.

By incorporating a few key strategies and wardrobe essentials, you can brave the cold weather while still looking polished and put-together at work.

Start by investing in a long coat, scarf, and gloves that not only provide warmth but also add a touch of sophistication to your outfit.

Consider keeping an extra pair of shoes under your desk to protect your regular work shoes from harsh winter conditions.

For added warmth indoors, keep a shawl or extra blazer at your desk, allowing you to layer up when needed.

Fingerless gloves can be a practical solution for keeping your hands warm while allowing you to work comfortably.

Don’t underestimate the power of layering. Utilize base layers, shirts, sweaters, and blazers to create a flexible and adaptable wardrobe that can accommodate temperature fluctuations throughout the day.

Lastly, remember to remove your hat and switch out casual winter boots for your work shoes when you arrive at the office to maintain a professional appearance.

By following these tips, you can conquer the winter weather and maintain a professional look that exudes confidence and style. Stay warm, stay professional, and embrace the winter season with grace and professionalism.