With the warmer weather coming and the temperatures soon to be rising to unbelievably hot levels, we are left with fewer choices in what to wear to the office. If we opt for skirts, we will most probably have sticky thighs that end up producing a rash from rubbing against one another so much. If we opt for trousers, we will be safer but might get too hot, even in an air-conditioned space. We certainly cannot wear jeans, and linen might be frowned upon because of its translucency. So what should we be wearing to the office come the summer season? Is it prudent to wear shorts to work? Many designers have decided to tackle this problem and create shorts that are actually a lot more acceptable for an office space, looking into dressy versions of the classic garments that take over our summer wardrobes. And boy-oh-boy are we happy to see them making this leap in their fashion statements for we have been melting year after year and have been searching for proper outfits that would ensure our comfort and style while staying appropriate to the office environment. We are so glad designers such as Calvin Klein, Chloe and others have decided to tackle this problem. Options for the office you may choose from include some of these gorgeous dressy shorts and cut-offs that are not only pretty to look at, but so very lovely to feel against the skin.
1. Calvin Klein Collection Carmel Jacquard Shorts
The Calvin Klein Collection black jacquard shorts are a great way to walk into the office and still enjoy the breeze against your legs, an overall fluid fit! This particular pair is cut so that it sits high on the waist as well, while the pleats in front lend it a dressy trouser feel. There is a nice sheen to the 100% silk garment and the satin top is a perfect finishing touch. This is well worth the price tag attached to the garment.
2. Mary Katrantzou High Rise Jacquard Shorts
While this piece may be quite a bit on the pricey side, the light grey with light blue on chartreuse and black jacquard styling and patterning is so very worth the cost, and we love the lovely silk lined pants that glow with a gentle sheen and fall to the knees. This was seen on Mary Katrantzou’s spring 2015 runway show and refashioned into high rise shorts with a stiff voluminous silhouette that goes best with a simple fitted T-shirt that you would love to wear to the office on any given day with any pair of trousers.
3. Oscar De La Renta Checked Wool-Blend Shorts
Not all the office shorts on our list are particularly cool, as attested to by this pair of checked sky blue with white color 98% wool shorts. The designer name for the color is Wedgewood, though all we see is the sky when we look at this. It is the perfect spring and summer look with a ‘60s inspired feel to it. It was on the spring 2015 runway show, with a high waist and discreet slits for pockets. Worn with a matching top, you would be falling into the twin set trend that is so big for the spring and summer seasons.
4. Bottega Veneta Ramie and Cotton-Blend Culottes
One of the major fashion trends for the year is the infamous culottes, with the thought of wearing it to the office being rather perfect. These types of cut-offs are best made for the formal occasions, or at least the semi-formal. Bottega Veneta’s Tomas Maier turned to the inspiration of bleach effects on fabrics, bringing in pastels to his resort 2015 collection. These particular cotton-blend culottes are tailored in Italy and generously pleated so that it appears a bit more like a skirt. The lightweight satin lining ensures a smooth fit, while the pastel pink ramie gives this piece such allure.
5. Chloe Woven Stretch Cotton Shorts
Coming in a beige color, the cotton shorts with 100% silk lining are available at Net-A-Porter. Woven with a breathable cotton material and 1% elastane, these office shorts look smart and are comfortable against the skin. They are perfect for the warmer weather and are perfect for the office, despite their shorter hemline, the high waist that makes up for the extra legs showing off though, with the flattering stitching on the creases adding to the chic sophistication of the look. Worn with sandals and a pretty blouse, these cream colored shorts are simply too lovely to pass up.
6. Valentino Wool and Silk-Blend Crepe Shorts
The navy wool and silk-blend crepe shorts by Valentino hang on the body so very beautifully. Pleated and pressed through the front, these shorts are great for the professional woman, who wants to look great, appropriate for her position, as well as be comfortable in the warmer weather. The turned up cuff finishing only adds to the look, a touch that does much to enhance the retro feel of the high waist garment. Bare legs and flats underneath are a great way to finish off.
7. Pallas Midnight Satin-Trimmed Faille Shorts
Made halfway with cotton and trimmed with satin acetate, the “Midnight” faille shorts are actually in a white coloring woven with lurex yarns for a delicate shimmer to the look that catches the rays of the sun. The crisp look is great for any professional, while the length is more conservative and easily palatable at the office. The waistband is in a glossy satin that you can show off with a nice blouse tucked into the shorts.
8. Stella McCartney Zanda Silk Crepe de Chine Shorts
Crepe is a great material to use on shorts as these Stella McCarney pieces attest. The lightweight “Zanda” shorts are cut from a fluid silk crepe de chine fabric and designed to be flexible with the elastic additions to the waistband. The Flattering stitched pleats make this a great professional attire option, appearing in light blue, also known in the designer world as Oxford Blue. They are pull-on versions in 100% silk crepe and look incredible with a matching blazer thrown over on top.
9. Gucci Cotton-Blend Canvas Shorts
These off-white cotton-blend pieces are lovely to wear to the office. They are part of Gucci’s resort 2015 collection. Made in Italy, the canvas has been woven with a touch of silk and finished with pressed creases, the turned up cuffs adding definition and chic style to the look overall.
Photos courtesy of The Blonde Salad, Net-A-Porter
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