Trends

How to wear shorts to work this summer

Imaxtree.com Author: Elle Canada Credits: Imaxtree.com

Trends

How to wear shorts to work this summer

Confused about whether you can wear shorts to work? By following a few simple style rules, even the casual summer staple can be made office-appropriate. Here, Irene Kim, vice president of Canadian styling consultancy la closette, explains how to nail the look—by following the Four F's:

Fit: "Shorts should be the same length as your skirts and dresses. This varies depending on workplace, but in more conservative settings, the general rule is knee-length, or maybe an inch or two above—max."

Fabric: "Nylon, linen and sometimes even cotton can look too casual for the workplace. Stick to relatively structured and tailored shorts in pressed cottons, rayon and light wool blends."

Footwear: "Steer clear of overly casual shoes (flip-flops are a definite no!) or strappy sandals more suited to evening wear. Stick with classic pumps, whether closed-toe, open-toe or slingback. Avoid ankle-strap shoes to create the illusion of longer, leaner legs."

Fun: "Have fun with colour and prints. If you follow the tips above, splashes of colour will look refreshing and chic rather than inappropriate."

 

Slideshow

prev next 1 of 10

How to wear shorts to work

Office-appropriate shorts: Carven

Carven Zigzag Cotton-Blend Shorts ($430), at mytheresa.com. GALLERY: The summer fashion pieces our editors can't wait to buy

By: Charlotte Herrold Source: Courtesy of mytheresa.com Credits: ELLECanada.com

How to wear shorts to work

Office-appropriate shorts: Jil Sander

Jil Sander Ralph Printed Cotton Shorts ($600), at mytheresa.com. GALLERY: 10 super bright dresses to wear this summer

By: Charlotte Herrold Source: Courtesy of mytheresa.com Credits: ELLECanada.com

How to wear shorts to work

Office-appropriate shorts: Gucci

Gucci Leather-Trimmed Stretch Wool and Silk-Blend Culottes ($833 USD), at net-a-porter.com. MUST-READ: The ultimate summer style guide

By: Charlotte Herrold Source: Courtesy of NET-A-PORTER.com Credits: ELLECanada.com

How to wear shorts to work

Office-appropriate shorts: Zara

Zara Pleated Shorts ($49.90), at zara.com. GALLERY: 10 bags every woman should own

By: Charlotte Herrold Source: Courtesy of Zara Credits: ELLECanada.com

How to wear shorts to work

Office-appropriate shorts: Joe Fresh

Joe Fresh Classic Short ($16), at joefresh.com. GALLERY: The 10 prettiest Spring 2014 runway dresses

By: Charlotte Herrold Source: Courtesy of Joe Fresh Credits: ELLECanada.com

How to wear shorts to work

Office-appropriate shorts: J. Crew

J. Crew Collection Eaton Stretch-Wool Shorts ($130 USD), at net-a-porter.com. GALLERY: 5 new rules of summer work style

By: Charlotte Herrold Source: Courtesy of NET-A-PORTER.com Credits: ELLECanada.com

How to wear shorts to work

Office-appropriate shorts: Mother of Pearl

Mother of Pearl Printed Cotton-Sateen Tailored Shorts ($235 USD), at modaoperandi.com. MUST-READ: Fashion and art: Spring's most important trend

By: Charlotte Herrold Source: Courtesy of modaoperandi.com Credits: ELLECanada.com

How to wear shorts to work

Office-appropriate shorts: Babaton

Babaton Vaughn Shorts ($85), at artizia.com. MUST-READ: 50+ best spring shoes

By: Charlotte Herrold Source: Courtesy of Aritzia Credits: ELLECanada.com

How to wear shorts to work

Office-appropriate shorts: Joie

Joie Marlette Shorts ($174), at eluxe.ca. GALLERY: How to wear spring's prettiest pastels

By: Charlotte Herrold Source: Courtesy of eLUXE Credits: ELLECanada.com

How to wear shorts to work

Office-appropriate shorts: Kenzo

Kenzo Pleated-Front Bi-Colour Culottes ($560), at matchesfashion.com. GALLERY: 10 great spring bags under $250

By: Charlotte Herrold Source: Courtesy of matchesfashion.com Credits: ELLECanada.com

Comments
Share X
Trends

How to wear shorts to work this summer