Style Manual

The modern man’s guide to dressing well every day

When it's sweltering outside, no one would blame you if you want to ditch the usual office uniform. But how do you stay on the right side of professionalism? Well, swapping your trousers for shorts could be an option. Here are our thoughts on wearing shorts to work.
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Decode the dress code

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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

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No matter how relaxed your work environment, some shorts are a definite no-no. This included denim shorts, rugby shorts, jogger shorts or ripped and distressed shorts. Chino shorts, tailored shorts or even smart linen shorts are a safer bet. Stick to neutral colours such as navy, grey or black shorts.

Be sharp about your combination

If you want to look smart at work? Team your shorts with an Oxford shirt and blazer. Dress code slightly more relaxed? A neat knitted or tipped polo shirt is a good shout.  Short sleeve shirts are also an easy manoeuvre for the current heatwave. Team yours with tailored shorts to the office.

Don't take short cuts

Navy chino shorts

There are some pitfalls you'll want to avoid. Don't mix smart shorts with white sports socks and trainers. The same goes for a dress shirt plus shorts. Reserve this formal item for a suit. A combination of blazer, tie, shirts and shorts should only be seen at a night out 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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