Long Shorts You Can Wear to Work That HR Will Actually Approve Of

Max Mara Spring 2020

Max Mara Spring 2020; Image: Imaxtree

Spring is in the air, even if we’re almost two weeks out from the actual start date. (March 19, in case you were wondering.) And while the warmer weather allows us to break out all of our favorite spring staples, from skirts to sandals, there’s one springtime fashion trend that definitely doesn’t suit the office: shorts. The solution? Long shorts that basically look like trousers with a little less material. Bermuda shorts have been trending for a while now and on the Spring 2020 runways the trend was tailored to offer more work-appropriate versions. Max Mara, Sportmax and even Givenchy sent knee-length (or longer) shorts down their runways, frequently styled with matching blazers in case it wasn’t clear these extended shorts were designed for the office. But feel free to simply top them off with a crisp button-down and maybe a complementary vest.

Givenchy Spring 2020

Givenchy Spring 2020; Image: Imaxtree

And while you can wear them to work, we encourage you to also keep long shorts in play on the weekends. Simply strip off your blazer, blouse or whatever and swap in a statement tee or lightweight sweater. As if all this versatility wasn’t enough motivation to stock up, these knee-grazers will still work come fall.

Check out below to see the best long shorts to add to your work wardrobe.

Frankie Shop

Julie Pleated Gabardine Shorts, $125 at Net-a-Porter


Belt Loop Shorts, $69.90 at Zara

Max Mara

Bull Cotton Bermuda Shorts in Lilac, $545 at Max Mara


Yolie Faux Leather Shorts in Black, $395 at Moda Operandi


Wide-Leg Linen-Blend Shorts, $435 at mytheresa.com

Native Youth

Larisa Longline Short, $70 at Urban Outfitters

3.1 Phillip Lim

Cotton-Blend Poplin Cargo Shorts, $395 at Net-a-Porter

Baum und Pferdgarten

Nacimo Short in Cream/Navy/Brown Check, $259 at Need Supply Co.

Pixie Market

Vanilla Bermuda Shorts, $112 at Pixie Market

The Frankie Shop

Cargo Long Trouser Shorts in Sage, $135 at The Frankie Shop

Universal Standard

Paloma Linen Shorts in Black, $90 at Universal Standard

Rachel Comey

Stately Short, $395 at Need Supply Co.

Topshop Boutique

Blue Leather Bermuda Shorts, $270 at Topshop


Accentuated Seam Detail Shorts, $39.90 at Zara