Shorts suits (or: a suit with shorts) — can they be worn in a professional way? I noticed that commenters were talking about this yesterday, and it also came up in the Facebook chat I did with Lucky, and then again on the Corporette Facebook page — so I thought we should talk about it more in the main body of the blog.
For those of you who didn’t see, the Wall Street Journal ran an article on the shorts suit over the weekend, recommending them as “summer’s most versatile combo,” going “from office to party without a hitch.” Um… okay. So far most of the comments I’ve seen on the blog are dead set against this, and for my $.02 I would agree — if I were, say, Lindsay Lohan going to court, or perhaps some other young starlet going to a charity luncheon, then I would totally invest in short suits. (Like, totally.) But for the office? Where I’m trying to convey respect, and avoid having people think “WTF was she thinking when she got dressed today?”? Um, no. Oh, and incidentally, the shorts suit is not new: Julia Roberts’s character wore one in Pretty Woman. See, so professional working girls do wear them. [Read more...]