Bermudas, cullottes, cut-offs, hot pants: Does any other article of clothing has as many permutations as shorts? While their incarnations are synonymous with summer, the presence of shorts in the workplace has become more acceptable than ever. And easier too, with designers showcasing them in refined fabrics and alongside tailored jackets and blazers. Here’s how to carry off the look this year (hint: don’t wear any of the aforementioned styles even to the most progressive office).
1. Looser cuts, such as those seen on the Chloé runway (above left), are the freshest and most forgiving when it comes to workwear. Opt for dressier fabrications like wool, linen or silk blends – the ones you’re likely to find in trousers.
2. While a blazer will easily transition a pair of shorts from weekend to workday, you won’t necessarily need one if you pick the right style (see previous point). Instead, shed the weight of a jacket and go with a tailored collared blouse.
3. Picking a no-nonsense colour scheme like black and white will help push the look into a more corporate setting and signal that you still mean business (yes, even in shorts).