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If you're not jetting off on your holiday, well at least you can try and make the most of the warmer weather. Which could mean swapping your chinos to shorts in the office. But how do you know if you can wear shorts to work? Read on to find out.

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Decode the dress code

If you have a strict dress code at work, you'll already know that shorts are strictly out of the question. And that goes for professions such as lawyers, doctors and some client-facing or financial sectors. Times are a-changing, however, and some industries such as tech, creative, media and design are way more relaxed about what you wear. It's always best to check first though.

Short and smart

No matter how relaxed your work environment, you always want to be on the right side of professional. Say no to denim shorts, rugby shorts, jogger shorts or ripped and distressed shorts. Chino shorts, tailored shorts or even smart linen shorts are a safer bet. And keep it simple in neutral colours such as navy, grey or black shorts.

Be sharp about your combination

Again, you don't want to let the side down. If you want to look smart at work? Team your shorts with an Oxford shirt and blazer to show you're not bending all the rules. Dress code slightly more relaxed? A neat knitted or tipped polo shirt is a good shout. You can also forget the stigma about short sleeve shirts and wear yours with tailored shorts to the office.

Don't take short cuts

When it comes to wearing shorts to the office, there are some pitfalls you'll want to avoid. Smart shorts, white sports socks and trainers is an absolute no-no. The same goes for dress shirt plus shorts. Reserve this look for that suit and very smart occasion. Also don't be tempted to wear a blazer and tie unless you're heading out for a night at School Disco. Finally, be careful about your footwear. Loafers and clean, white plimsolls with no socks look great with tailored shorts - formal shoes do not.

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