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Suit shorts: how to nail this heatwave-proof workwear alternative

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Orin Carlin
Content Writer
Updated: August 17, 2022
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The course of office dressing never did run smooth. Okay, not the catchiest platitude ever, but still one that is rooted in undeniable relatability.

Curating your workwear wardrobe is difficult at the best of times, but navigating the current heatwave poses a serious sartorial challenge. Putting together office-appropriate outfits that simultaneously look stylish and keep you relatively cool, requires some major thought. 

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Enter: suit shorts. Granted, the thought of wearing shorts at work might initially fill you with horror, but that needn't be the case. 

We're not talking styles that reveal more than you might have bargained for, rather the pairs that we're currently loving are chic, flattering and more than suitable for an honest day's work. 

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Style suit shorts with...colourful trainers

Lilac Suit Shorts© Photo: Getty Images

On those dress-down office days, why not opt for a pastel-hued co-ord with a vibrant trainer?

Alice And Olivia Shorts

Alice + Olivia Conry lilac stretch-crepe shorts, £265, Harvey Nichols


Style suit shorts with...a monochrome ensemble

Black And White Suit Shorts© Photo: Getty Images

A traditional pattern is always a good shout – experiment with a monochromatic tartan or a classic houndstooth and scope out an accessory to match.

Holland Cooper Shorts

Houndstooth tailored shorts, £199, Holland Cooper


Style suit shorts with…timeless accessories

Black Tailored Shorts© Photo: Getty Images

Granted, if you're office-based, this ensemble could probably do with the addition of a shirt. However, if you work from home and the only spectator in your vicinity is your cat, all power to you. We love the chic addition of an ultra-flattering mule and a timeless Chanel flap bag.

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Sandro Shorts

Sandro Hugo high-rise woven shorts, £199, Selfridges


Style suit shorts with… a sleeveless jacket

Sleeveless jacket© Photo: Getty Images

Opting for shorts instead of trousers or a skirt already by default puts a playful spin on the ordinary suit – but why not dare to take things one step further and ditch the blazer entirely? Sleeveless jackets open up a whole host of tailoring possibilities. The hem finishing at the same point as the shorts gives the look some balance, plus that cerulean shade? Seriously joyful.

Bershka shorts

Tailored masculine cut shorts, £22.99, Bershka


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