Let’s make it clear: the shorts I’d like to suggest are not sporty or ultra-casual, not the ones that are only suitable to wear in your free time. We are talking about their modern, updated versions, with a length and volume that have changed according to the new trends. This way, shorts have become a stylish solution for many more summer outfits, from the ones for the office to the holiday ones.
Decent: at the office, from Monday to Friday
As much as you’d like your e-mails to send an automatic “Out of Office” for the whole of June and July (ok, August as well!), work is work and office hours require semi-elegant day, comfortable and feminine outfits. My main recommendation is to forget about jeans and any other long trousers during summertime. Replace them with a pair of shorts! Not micro-shorts, but a longline version, with a cut and material that would remind you of suit trousers: straight, with hidden pockets and cuff stopping in the knee area, in uni colours or made of fine summer fabric (with thin stripes or masculine plaids). You can match them either with a cotton office shirt and pumps, either with a T-shirt and add a flax blazer and medium-sized heel shoes. In fact, the secret to successful outfits is to include a semi-elegant business clothing item. I promise this will become your new office uniform for the summer.
Mango grey office shorts: 159.90 lei | Zara plaid office shorts: 199.90 lei | H&M elegant black shorts: 89.90 lei | BSB black shorts with scarf instead of belt: 235.00 lei | Zara navy blue shorts with belt: 129.90 lei | Massimo Dutti beige plaid cotton and plax shorts: 379.00 lei | Stefanel lilac shorts: 425.00 lei
Casual and coloured: on the beach, during weekends
Shorts, large flax shirts and flat heels or leather slippers are the tested and approved combinations for any spontaneous trips to the beach. My advice is to look for a pair of ducks, flax or gabardine shorts of any colour or print. But since you are on holiday anyway, why don’t you go for a tropical print? You will be able to match your favourite T-shirt and a large denim or wavy flax shirt, and a white lace blouse, and a knitted pulover for evening walks on the sea front. Don’t forget to add a few accessories in the luggage for the outfits to be complete: a pair of exotic earrings, a raffia belt, sunglasses, a multicolored scarf instead of a turban.
Zara flax shorts with tropical print: 129.90 lei | Mango tropical print shirts: 139.90 lei | H&M red striped shorts: 129.90 lei | BSB tropical print flax shorts: 235.00 lei
Elegant: in the city, from noon to late evening
Urban summer means al fresco lunches on a shady terrace, afternoon meetings in the green area of the office, but also colored cocktails at a bar on a rooftop where you can see the entire city and the sunset in shades of orange and violet. A pair of semi elegant shirts will make an incredible outfit when all these moments happen in less than 24 hours. Choose them in some neutral-elegant colors: white, ecru, light beige, black, rose pink, chocolate-like brown, bronze brown, and modern details (high waist, puckered) so it won’t be confused with casual shirts, to wear them every day. Add a fine, light and silky sleeveless top and a white blazer (if evenings get colder), colored sandals and a small bag: either clutch or a shoulder bag.
Zara beige shorts: 99.90 lei |Mango ecru high waist shorts 159.90 lei | Mango elegant brown shorts: 159.90 lei | H&M puckered black shorts: 139.90 lei | BSB high waist red shorts: 235.00 lei | BSB skirt-like shorts: 235.00 lei