Tuesday, 20 November 2012

How to wear shorts for work...

For me, shorts are one of life's under-appreciated treasures. They are way more practical than a skirt but much more fun than a pair of trousers and finding a pair that were work appropriate has been on my mental shopping list for a long time now.  This navy pair were from my beloved NW3 by Hobbs and the length is perfect although I wish they sat higher on the waist as they just fall down on me. For work, I paired them with a plain blouse and simple accessories for a professional but relaxed look but I think these will also look awesome with my chunky knit tights and a jumper or two...

Sheer blouse: New Look, shorts: NW3 by Hobbs, camisole: M&S, belt: New Look, shoes: Clarks c/o Spartoo
Apologies for the badly lit photos too, leaving the house at 6 am in the winter definitely has its disadvantages!  I only realised recently, just how many sheer blouses I have and I am trying to wear them as much as possible, the sleeve length makes them more seasonally appropriate and yet they are light enough that I don't boil with the central heating at work. This camisole/slip from M&S is a real lifesaver, it is a half decent length unlike many that come underneath dresses (I'm looking at you Topshop!)


New level of matchy matchy on the lipstick and nails front too. I have far too many lipsticks that have been lying unworn for too long so I am rediscovering old favourites from my make-up bag. This shade is Ballistic (136) from good old Rimmel. I love a classic red lip and this is a really great every day colour. 


My favourite nude fishnet tights (Accessorize are one of the few places on the high street to do decent  nude fishnets) and my lovely leopard print loafers added a much needed injection of print and I love how the leopard print looks against the cream. 


A dainty little initial necklace from the Urban Outfitters sale a while ago which I absolutely love but rarely wear. I find daintier jewellery tends to get overshadowed by the chunkier necklaces I own which is a shame as it too nice to be hidden away! 


How would you style these shorts? Any ideas on how to ease myself back into wearing lipstick again?
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17 comments

StephDreamsBlog said...

This look amazing on you :) Love them with top, although I do feel a little chilly looking at you xxx

Celia said...

Love the shorts. They remind me of the ones my mum wore in the 80s, very vintage looking :) x

Ella said...

I love this outfit. I always want to wear shorts to work but I never know how to wear them. I need to check out Hobbs x
Love from Ella @ Belle Vintage

floral and feather said...

Love the navy, cream and leopard print combination. I really need to invest in a pair of work appropriate shorts as they're far more practical than skirts!

Sophie - CGDN said...

I have a pair of shorts just like yours and find them so versatile, easy to dress up or down. You look great - the nude fishnets are not something I'd even considered but I'll keep my eye out for some x

Nomad said...

Such a simple outfit - so chic! I don't own enough shorts. I can't seem to find a pair that aren't so fitted around the leg. My search continues. :) x

Gem said...

oooh love those shorts, not too short for the workplace and are a bit of fun too x

Sarah said...

Adore this outfit! NW3 by Hobbs have some amazing pieces don't they?
x

LilyLipstick said...

Love this outfit, I'm a big fan of shorts. I've been looking for some nude fishnets for ages so will definitely have to check Accessorize! x

Sherin said...

Those shorts look amazing on you! Your legs look amazing. I love the shoes too.

I've recently discovered a new found love for shorts. I bought a few but it's so cold now too!

Lacey said...

Loving this outfit looks so cool but casual :)
LaceyLoves

daisychain said...

Hello dream work wear! You look stunning wifey x

claire (jazzpad.) said...

Looooovely! I wouldn't have the guts to wear shorts to work (mainly because mine are more like hotpants for going out in ha!) You make these look so profesh! ;) LOVE YOU ♥ Claire @ Jazzpad

FAIIINT said...

Those are perfect! Great length & they sit high on the waist too, if only they were black! Hah! I'm a huge fan of shorts, but I always find them super hard to shop for as I'm really picky! You look lovely & I love the matchy nails & lip! :)

Sasha said...

I'm a massive shorts fan too! Probably my gave item of clothing (after shoes of course). Love the smart outfit with hint of leopard print :)

Xx

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Melissa said...

Very chic. I like your shoes a lot.

<3 Melissa
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Rachel The Hat said...

I dont really own any winter type shorts but i really like the idea of them for practicality. These look so good on you, its really made me want to go out and buy some. The tights are perfect too! xx

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