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Getting away with shorts at the office all comes down to what you wear below the ankle. Flip-flops (or even slides) are a no-go for the corporate world, so stick with a stacked heel or wedges. Block heels will also do the trick; just make sure they’re not too casual.
When wearing shorts anywhere other than the dog park, tailoring is everything. First of all, your shorts must feel like an extension of your work wardrobe, so look for crisp cottons or wool blends and take the time to iron. As for what to wear on top: A button-down, silk blouse or crepe blazer is acceptable. A T-shirt? Not so much.
Photo: Emerson Fry
When in doubt, a good tuck always works to keep your ensemble office-appropriate.
Now’s not the time to experiment with hot pink. Keep your palette neutral with basics like black, white, navy and cream. These colors seem more upscale and draw less attention to your lower half.
Photo: Two for the Show
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By keeping your palette minimal, you have room to add interesting prints or accessories. Work in a creative environment? Experiment with a teeny polka-dot print or a jazzy nighttime clutch worn during the day. If you're more of the conservative type, a fun set of bangles or an eye-catching necklace will do the trick.
Photo: Could I Have That?
Usher in the weekend by wearing your shorts and button-down, but this time with a sweatshirt and slides. See? You’re totally capable of maximizing your wardrobe.
If you’ve ever crossed paths with a bubbly intern in barely-there Levi’s cutoffs, you’re probably of the mind-set that a working environment is no place for summer shorts. (Not that her butt isn’t cute and all.)
But what if we told you there actually are shorts that check both the fashion-forward and office-appropriate boxes?
Why, hello, Bermudas.
A far cry from distressed denim or sexy hot pants, today’s Bermuda shorts are loose, breezy and tailored to your body. In other words: trendy but technically HR-approved for casual Fridays.
Follow our tips for how to pull them off.
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