2 Essential Tips For Pulling Off Shorts At Work

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Not everyone is a shorts person. But everyone should be—because shorts can be a chicer, fresher and (sometimes literally) cooler alternative to a skirt or trousers in the summer. Added benefits of shorts: much lower chance of wardrobe malfunctions, the graceful ease of exiting a taxi (or stepping onto that yacht) and being taken seriously by a room full of industry people. Just ask businesswoman, media mogul and style icon Gwyneth Paltrow. She’ll tell you that it’s all in the styling. Here, two polished ways to wear shorts in a professional context.

Style Tip: Layer Strategically

Temper summery printed shorts (a bit longer than these, ideally) with more restrained and tailored pieces: a mandarin-collar button-down, a fitted, peak lapel blazer and stacked-heel ankle boots.

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Style Tip: Opt For A Looser Cut

Cheat a little with a long silhouette, but in a luxe fabric to avoid the board shorts comparisons. Coordinate with pared down pieces: a collared shirt, ankle booties and a polished carryall in a bright hue.

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