Women who spend their days in office buildings tend to find themselves in a rough spot when it comes to dressing for the weather. A 2015 study published in Nature Climate Change finally proved what women have known all along — office temperatures are designed for the comfort of a man. According to the study, most office buildings set their thermostats according to outdated formulas based on the metabolic rates of men, put in place in the 1960s. This might have made sense decades ago, when most offices were predominately populated by males, but it's much less acceptable today, when women are heading to offices in droves every morning.
The study also revealed that the longstanding "thermal comfort model" employed by offices everywhere takes into consideration another factor: clothing insulation levels. Basically, it allows for the fact that men wear suits, and suits can make them hot. Pair the chilly office temps with women's regular office attire of dresses, skirts, and thin blouses, and you'll begin to understand what all the shivering is about — and why so many women have heaters under their desks, gloves and scarves stashed in their drawers, and a heavy cardigan thrown over their chairs. And this isn't just true in the winter, when the heat is never turned up quite as high as you'd like it. In the summer months, the air conditioning usually gets cranked up to near-freezing levels, blowing theories of energy conservation right out the window. Suddenly, wearing a suit jacket every day doesn't sound like such a bad idea, does it?