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Men's and Women's Work Shorts - Take Your Legs to Work

Updated on February 1, 2015

Is Wearing Shorts To Work For You?

Have you ever thought about how nice it would be to wear shorts at work? Maybe on a day when it's hot or when winds and prying eyes make you feel a little uncomfortable?

We already know that work shorts are comfortable for all those projects you tackle at home, and you can wear them almost anywhere when the season is right.

But for some reason, wearing shorts at work is still the ultimate "never-do" on the job in some places.

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Will Shorts Take People's Minds Off Their Jobs?

The first problem I hear about is distraction.

But when have you seen work shorts more distracting than short skirts that compliment shapely legs, and you see them everywhere in almost every field, don't you?

What about their being too casual? Have you seen the corporate execs in T-shirts and jeans?

No, it just seems like the taboo on work work shorts is just a habit, something we got used to, unfortunately.

Lift the Taboos

But the day may soon be upon us when men and women both wear shorts to work as freely as they do anywhere else. Some taboos are lifting - slowly, of course.

As time passes, the arguments for not wearing shorts, as long as they are appropriate in style, are getting thin and hard to make.

In some professions, it has always been customary to wear shorts to work. A lifeguard, for example, always does. Mail carriers, recognizing the rigors of working in the midday sun, have been wearing officially approved shorts for years.

Construction workers, landscapers, and physical trainers are other suitable occupations, not to mention the obvious - athletes for whom shorts are part of the standard uniform.

But times are changing, especially for women. Shorts as part of an appropriate outfit at work are becoming more common, and fashion guides for what to and what not to do are being published.

Let's take a look at what's out there.

Wearing Shorts To Work

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Working Women In Shorts - A trend begins

All the above styles have their equivalents for women, but when we talk about women wearing shorts to work, that's new. In all but the most conservative workplaces, shorts are as acceptable as skirts.

Many of the same rules apply.

What you wear should be fashionable, but not distracting. If you wouldn't wear a miniskirt to a business meeting, don't wear shorts of the same length. As a general rule, the closer to the knee is better. A hard rule is, no shorter than the place where your fingertips dangle when you're standing.

Not only should shorts be as stylish as your skirts, what you wear with them matters just as much. A well-selected set of shorts can be an example of poor judgement if worn with a top that is too casual. Don't wear shorts with a tank top to the office is an obvious don't but a good rule of thumb is to be, maybe, a little more formal above than you normally would be when shorts are your choice for the day.

Oh, and keep your footwear conservative, too. The world isn't ready, in most cases, for shorts and flip-flops.

And the advantages are many. No mandatory crossed legs with shorts, and gone are the perils of a windy day.

Here are some popular examples.

The Basics, Traditional Shorts At Work

These are mainly, but not exclusively, styles for men where shorts are designed to meet the demands of professions where they are common but are cool and comfortable for all kinds of tasks.

Off The Beaten Path - Dress Shorts for Men, Working Shorts for Women

Fashion opinions about men in dress shorts for the office are summed up in Tom Ford's opinion, "Men should never wear shorts in the city." Although I've broken that rule more times than I can count, there is almost nowhere that you can find an endorsement for men wearing shorts to work.

But, now that tech execs and managers in creative fields regularly wear jeans and T-shirts, barriers are coming down, especially in the cutting edge professions.

Your Opinion About Shorts At Work - What's your opinion?

Is wearing shorts to work a good idea?

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© 2014 David Stone

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      @esmonaco: The times they are a-changing, as they should.Thank you.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      I'm an engineer and work in the automotive industry, where they just approved wearing shorts on the manufacturing floor. All except for the welders!!! I think it's okay!!