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It’s times like these—90 degrees and humid—that remind us how we feel about wearing shorts: conflicted. (Um, when did they get so short?) These eight picks are reasonably modest—even for the office—but still totally chic.

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Paper-bag Waist

Highlight your middle while also maintaining ample coverage with shorts that have some sort of detail at the waist, like a paper-bag tie. Stick with a loose silhouette that moves, and tuck in your top to maximize the waist-flaunting powers. 

LEITH ($55)

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Sequined Bermudas

What’s not to love about sparkly, athletic-inspired shorts in the silhouette du jour? We’ll take a pair for every day of the week.

Express ($60)

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Detailed Hems

Scalloped, ruffled, embroidered…fancy-hemmed shorts are the new slip dress: They’re equal parts unexpected and elegant, and they’re totally appropriate for a weekend brunch or happy-hour drinks.

Loft ($60)

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High-Waisted Swing Shorts

Smooth and waist-cinching up top, flowy and flirty below, in an eye-catching tropical-punch hue. This is summer dressing at its finest.

Eloquii ($30)

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The structured fit makes these look polished (and so cute when paired with a striped tee).

Theory ($195)

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Mid-Length Denim Cutoffs

OK, we’re not saying you can wear denim cutoffs to work, but this is a fun off-duty option that won’t make you feel like a teenager. Look for a pair that reaches at least halfway down your thighs and top it off with a loose-fitting blouse.

Agolde ($128)

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This ’90s hybrid is back (and more stylish this time, we swear). We’re loving this one’s tweedy texture and asymmetrical wrap shape.

Song of Style ($158)

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Animal Print

Leopard is the new neutral, if you haven’t heard. Mix things up from the midi skirts everyone else is wearing and opt for a slouchy, not-too-short pair. (Matching blazer optional but encouraged.)

Bar III ($41)

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