It’s the middle of summer here in Florida, and I am absolutely melting. The heat index is reaching over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and it is miserable. What’s even worse, trying to dress for work has become a nightmare. I work for a digital marketing company, so we keep things very casual at the office, and I know many other people that work in a laid back environment where business casual is not the required dress code. It can be a little difficult to adjust to at first. I worked at a retail store, where certain hair and makeup and outfit requirements had to be met, so dressing in a more relaxed style was not a luxury that I was afforded at first. So coming in to my then new job, I was definitely overdressed for quite a bit of time. There was also a factor of I worked with all guys, and wasn’t sure that it was appropriate for me to wear shorts, even though everyone else in the office was. So here’s the solution I found to it.
I definitely am not advising anyone to wear those short shorts, or daisy dukes, that’s not appropriate for work no matter what (unless you work at a place where that’s part of the uniform, but in any type of office setting, no way, not cool). However, there are plenty of shorts out there that are perfect for a casual office, and a great way to combat the summer heat. Lilly Pulitzer has multiple 5 inch Callahan shorts that are lightweight, comfortable, adorable prints, and best of all, long enough to be work-friendly. Also, J Crew chino shorts are great, they’re also longer, and therefore work appropriate. There are some things that you need to be careful about though, when wearing shorts to the office. I always make sure that if I choose to wear shorts that day to work, to make sure I don’t wear a shirt that is low cut, or strappy, or a tank top. I don’t want to be dressed for the weekend, I just want to be comfortable. So it’s important to find that happy medium in your wardrobe.
One of my favorite work outfits that include shorts as a piece of it also includes the Express Portofino shirt. I have both styles, the sleeveless (which isn’t sleeveless, just check out the pic below to see) as well as the three quarter sleeve style. Both are extremely comfortable lightweight options, that are not low cut, or show off too much skin. The sleeveless Portofino shirt would pass my high school’s dress code. Three fingers wide, and you’re good.
Just make sure when you’re wearing shorts to the office, that you’re still dressing modestly. I can’t stress that enough. It’s becoming more acceptable to wear shorts in office settings, but you must do so tastefully. So no spaghetti strap tanks with your bra straps hanging out, and your short little daisy dukes that barely cover your bum. That’s not acceptable, or classy. Instead, go with longer shorts or capri style pants, and go with a sleeved top, or a tank top that has straps at least three fingers thick. Make sure it’s not a v-neck, and that your chest is properly covered.
I’ve included a picture of the outfit I wore to work last Friday. It was cool, comfortable, and I was completely confident that I was still dressed work appropriately. Check it out! Pants are J Crew chinos, top is a sleeveless Portofino from Express, and shoes are some no name from Rack Room (really comfy though!).