Posted on: May 21, 2024 Posted by: Comments: 0

Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

At least once every spring, I see a retailer try to sell me on “formal shorts” for the office. Obviously, office dress codes can vary, but they have never been appropriate in any professional setting I’ve worked in.

These lightweight, ankle-length trousers from Vince won’t feel quite as rebellious as office shorts, but even showing an inch or two of ankle felt like an act of rebellion in my white-shoe law firm 10-15 years ago. They come in black and beige, and pack beautifully for travel.

The pants are $325 at Nordstrom and come in sizes XXS-XL, with the beige options on sale; you can find plus sizes for it at Vince.

Psst: we just rounded up lightweight, summer work pants for women! Some of our favorites are from Nic & Zoe, M.M.LaFleur, Ministry of Supply, and UniqloBanana Republic Factory sometimes has pants in their AirStretch line, also! (If you’re looking for comfort, we’ve also rounded up pull-on pants for the office…)

M.M.LaFleur (exact)

Nic & Zoe


Banana Republic Factory

Nordstrom – Nordy Club members earn 3X the points on beauty; 30% off selected shoes

Ann Taylor – Extra 40% off sale styles

Banana Republic Factory – Up to 50% off everything + extra 25% off your purchase

Brooks Brothers – 30% off women’s collection

Boden – 100s of new markdowns

Eloquii Extra 50% off all sale

Everlane – Shorts from $40; bottoms from $60

J.Crew Up to 50% off select tops; extra 30% off sale styles

J.Crew Factory – Up to 60% off everything; up to 70% off clearance – 5/14 only: 50% off summer essential

Lo & Sons – Memorial Day Sale, up to 40% off

M.M.LaFleur – 100s of styles on sale, including classic shoes! 25% off Travel-Friendly Favorites (ends 5/14)

Talbots – 100s of styles on sale

White House Black Market – Shop more, save more – $25 off every $100 spent

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