The Case for Work-Appropriate Shorts

shorts for the office featuring everlane put together pleat shorts, dior slingbacks and celine belt bag
shorts for the office featuring everlane put together pleat shorts, dior slingbacks and celine belt bag

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“Work-appropriate” and “shorts” aren’t words you often hear in the same sentence.  In fact, when I think of shorts, my mind conjures up images of denim cut-offs or my bright red PE shorts from high school.  But the shorts that are making waves at the moment bear little resemblance to their sport-specific or distressed counterparts.  

Wearing Everlane shorts* (on sale!), Reiss blazer (on sale!), Reiss knit, Gucci belt (review here), Dior slingbacks (preloved here) and Celine bag (review here)

So what makes shorts office-friendly? For me, the key is in the proportions.  Close attention needs to be paid to the length and the rise.  For the office, you want to make sure you’re not feeling too exposed (or exposing too much thigh) but that they’re short enough to feel like, well, shorts!  

I’m sporting Everlane’s ‘Put Together’ pleat shorts, aptly named, which feature a level of tailoring typically reserved for suit trousers.  They’ve got functional pockets, pleat detailing and are just the right length. Most importantly, they are machine washable as I’m not a fan of the fussiness of ‘dry clean only’ pieces. I love that you can wear these shorts with most tops including a button-up shirt or a carefree tee.  

While many of us, me included, might still be on the fence as to whether shorts are office appropriate (and might have dress codes that outright ban shorts altogether), there’s nothing stopping us from sporting them while working from our home offices (and given the way things are currently headed, will likely be the way we work right into the new year!).

The shorts are currently on sale for $58AUD / $41USD from Everlane.  I’m wearing a size 2 for reference and I’m typically an AU 8.  

Thanks again for stopping by!

P.S. Five classic colour combinations that always work and the flats that I’ve been loving since working from home.


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