Dear Lucky: How Do I Wear Shorts to the Office?

Q: How do I wear shorts to the office? —@psun613

Boys' wool blazer, $248, brooksbrothers.com.
Silk top, $315, Orla Kiely, 212-775-8340.
Polyester shorts, $54, topshop.com

A: Dear @psun613,

It is not easy. The fashion girls folded their arms when I asked this question. Fashion director Anne Keane was blunt: “I like short suits as a statement, but I don’t think they’re ever appropriate for work. Unless your work is über-hipster and you wear the shorts with an ironic flair.” This last bit was said with a decided ironic flair. Executive fashion director Alexis Bryan Morgan warmed to the idea—a bit. “The material’s really important,” she said. “You want high-quality fabrics, serious suiting tailoring. No cargo, no denim, no chino! And dress up the dressy shorts with a silky top, a belt, great shoes”—here she pointed to a pair of high-heeled Mary Janes—“no casual!”

After another moment of reflection, both editors spoke, as one: “And not tight!!”

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