How to Wear Shorts to Work

July 8th, 2009

How to Wear Shorts to Work
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Now, we know that not everyone has the luxury of being able to wear shorts to work.  But for those of you who have the option, we wanted to show that wearing shorts doesn’t have to look sloppy.  In fact, you can look just as sophisticated and put-together as you would be in a skirt or pair of pants.  And for those of us who have a stricter work dress code, you can try this look for the weekend.  Here’s how to look polished in shorts:

1.  Start with a tailored pair of shorts.  Choose a style that’s not overly form fitting, but one that has a good amount of structure.  We like knee-length shorts for their versatility and their figure flattery.
2.  Add a drapey top to counterbalance the structure of the shorts.  Navy is a beautiful, elegant counterpart to the white shorts.
3.  Layer on a tailored blazer, which will instantly elevate the look.  We like the long blazer over knee-length shorts look - a bit European and incredibly chic.
4.  Finish off the look with tailored accessories: a structured bag and a pair of elegant pumps.  Heels help give the outfit a finished look; even if you can only wear kitten heels, we’d recommend it.

How would you wear shorts to work?  Share your style with us in the comments!

Entry Filed under: Ready Made Outfits, Women

6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. JenX  |  July 9th, 2009 at 6:59 am

    love it!

  • 2. Sal  |  July 9th, 2009 at 9:38 am

    I was so curious to see what you’d recommend for this, and LOVE the proposed outfit!

    I bought a pair of Philip Lim 3.1 paperbag-waist shorts last summer and have yet to bust them out again, but I think they could pass for work wear. Don’t you?

  • 3. Clare  |  July 9th, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Ooh! I likey! I’ll have to try some version of this next week…you’ve definitely got me brainstorming!

  • 4. Trisha  |  July 9th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Sal - they could definitely work for work wear if paired with the right accessories and top. Beautiful!

    Glad you guys like the outfit :)

  • 5. Becca  |  July 10th, 2009 at 9:38 am

    I can dress fairly casually for work, and I’m actually wearing dark jeans shorts right now with a t-shirt and sandals. I’ve never tried dressing up my shorts, but now I’d like to! That outfit looks really cute and I have a similar blazer. Good idea!

  • 6. GeorgieNYC  |  July 16th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    i really like the shorts look - wrote blog about it here.

    j crew has great shorts that are well cut too!

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