While summer is great because of sunsets, beaches, s'mores, ice cream, bonfires, and much more, the struggle of getting uncomfortably sweaty is real. In order to maintain some level of professionalism in the workplace (without dying of heat exhaustion), it can be crucial to find a couple pairs of shorts you can wear to work. IIMO, sweating through your pants is significantly more inappropriate than baring a little leg.
Of course, you should always check in with your office dress code before you waltz in showing some extra skin, but most business casual places will let it slide. If you're good to go, click through for 23 workplace-appropriate shorts to add to your collection.
If Lauren Conrad made them, they must be professional. As part of her LC Lauren Conrad line at Kohl’s, the reality-TV-star-turned-fashion-magazine-intern-turned-fashion-designer knew exactly how to design shorts comfortable enough to wear around the house, yet professional enough to rock to that meeting you maybe forgot about.
Length and fit won’t be a problem with these shorts. Pharrell Williams should be everyone’s style icon this summer.
Despite popular belief, lace shorts can be worn places other than outdoor summer concerts — including work. If the length is appropriate and the fabric is not transparent, pair these shorts with a button-down blouse and a low bun and you will be ready for your promotion.
Paper bag shorts have many great aspects to them: they’re long, they’re loose, they’re comfortable, they can be dressed up. If you have non-denim baggy shorts, dress them up with accessories and blazers and you can werk it at work (I know you all were waiting for that).
From far away, these shorts look like a nice, chic fabric. Up close, however, the print is actually houndstooth, which is an automatic office-approved design. Not to mention, the pleats and pull-tabs, which allow the shorts to be high-waisted or longer, easily takes them from the office to happy hour.
Black & Loose
My sister has these shorts and I love “borrowing” them for dinners with my friends or dressing them up for my job at my church. The loose fit is appropriate for sitting down and allows some room for going from building a palette wall in the youth room to a financial meeting with my supervisor.
Whoever said you can’t wear white after Labor Day was so wrong (besides, isn’t every day technically after a Labor Day?) Not only can white be worn any day of the week without judgment, but with the right scalloped-bottoms, perfect accessories, and nude underwear, they make for perfect office attire.
In a recent interview with Fair Trade USA, Director of Apparel and Home Goods Maya Spaull admitted that cute fair trade clothes is still difficult to find. And we both agreed the task really should not be that difficult in today’s world. Thanks to companies like prAna, fair trade shorts are not only cute, but professional enough to wear to work.