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Wednesday, June 20th 2012

Ask Shopbop: Wearing Shorts to Work

The summer heat is here, and I'd really like to add shorts to my work wardrobe. How can I style them in an appropriate, professional way?

When it gets hot, typical suits can be torturous. Ditch the skirt separates and still-too-hot dresses and push the style envelope with these simple tips for wearing shorts to work. 

PRETTY & NEUTRAL
Test the fashion waters in your office with a soft, ladylike look. Feminine styles tend to be more demure than sex-kitten—a must for the office.  Pair creamy, vintage-inspired Pencey shorts with a floral or pastel Equipment blouse. Gold jewelry, a feminine shoe, and soft hair complete the vision.

BOLD & REFINED
In a more creative workspace, bold colors and prints offer a nice opportunity to create a look that matches.  It will feel pulled-together and thoughtful, two concepts that are applauded in workwear.  Pick a fun print style, Rebecca Minkoff shorts are a great choice, and match them back to a sharp blazer. Opting for a simple hairstyle will offset the boldness of the look.

LONG & LADYLIKE
If short shorts don’t cut it in your office, then simply go longer.  Metallic DVF Bermuda shorts stay flattering with a slim cut, plus the hint of sparkle looks more formal than your standard vacation version.  Pair with a ladylike Elie Tahari top to steer clear of a disco vibe, and finish with heels to keep things confident. 

--Loni

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