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13 Pairs of Shorts You Can Wear to Work

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Warm weather office dressing isn't easy. When it's 100 degrees outside the natural inclination is to wear as little clothing as humanly possible — sundresses, short shorts, spaghetti straps — but most of these summer staples just aren't an option at the work place. (I guess it depends on your job, but we're betting you can't wear booty shorts and a bikini top for a meeting with your boss.)

We've found a few ways around the problem in the form of short sleeve button downs, breezy skirts, and sleeveless shift dresses. But shorts are easily the most confounding piece in the summer office wardrobe.

Most of what's out there, from denim wedgie shorts to tap pants, are simply too short to be work appropriate. Longer styles are notoriously unflattering — choose the wrong pair and you wind up looking like Midwestern mom (and not in an ironically cool way). So what are you left with — do you have to wear a skirt or dress everyday if you don't want to suffer through pants?

Not this year. Believe it or not, a number of flattering, longer styles are available at the moment. Bermuda shorts are in again, and feel extra modern in prints from Stella McCartney and No. 21. Silk shorts are breathable and look chic when cut roomy and high waisted, like the pair above from Base Range. If you want to go short, look for constructed shapes with a slight flare, like options from Valentino and Uniqlo.

The wide leg pants trend has also carried over into shorts. While we're not sure if they technically count as short pants or shorts, we're certain that pieces like cotton-linen culottes from Cos will keep you cool through through the next three months of summer work days.

See these options and more in the gallery above.