17th Jul 2015
Summer in the city can leave you feeling like your wardrobe has suddenly been depleted of options. As the mercury rises, traditional workwear staples can look dull and dreary. An easy way to refresh your office attire for the season is with a couple of pairs of city shorts. When worn above the knee, they’ll integrate into your wardrobe just like a skirt, and if you dare to bare a little more and opt for a slightly shorter pair, simply lower your heel and add a tailored jacket or shirt into the mix. Be sure to avoid flimsy fabrics and opt for structured linens and sturdy cottons instead. Coloured and patterned shorts work for the office when paired with understated pieces in unassuming neutrals – remember it’s all about balance. If your knees are on show, cover your arms. Read on for our pick of the 12 best pairs of shorts suitable for work and play.
Blue crepe shorts, Opening Ceremony, €325 at net-a-porter.com
Padded jersey shorts, €59 at Cos
Wrap city shorts, €48.73 at topshop.com
Striped Bermuda shorts, Gerard Darel, €90 at House of Fraser
Olinda tailored shorts, €34.81 at finerylondon.com
Broderie-anglaise embroidered shorts, Chlo?, €620 at matchesfashion.com
Flux poppy-print shorts, Libertine-Libertine, €90 at farfetch.com
White striped smart shorts, €40 at River Island
Large pocket shorts, €29.95 at Zara
Flowing pleated Bermuda shorts, €29.95 at Zara
Coloured striped shorts, €49.99 at H&M
Klara linen checked shorts, €89.11 at Whistles
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