Faux Pas: Who wears short shorts (to work)?
Apr 9, 2010
I have no idea how it happened, but at some point, shorts became the warm weather uniform of choice for Americans everywhere. And the fact of the matter is, that most women do not look good in shorts. That’s right, I said it. Most women do not have the legs to be wearing shorts with a 3-inch (or shorter) inseam.
But while I would prefer that women not wear shorts unless they have the body for it (nothing is less flattering than emphasizing a flabby inner thigh), we should all be able to agree that shorts are NEVER appropriate work attire.
I don’t care if it’s recess. I don’t care if it’s 120 degrees in the shade. I don’t care if they are knee length Bermuda shorts. Unless you work as a delivery person for UPS, shorts are not professional attire.
I’m willing to accept that the wearing of shorts during your off time is a matter of personal preference and not strictly faux pas. But when I walk down the halls of the United States Congress and see women in short-shorts and men in madras print golf shorts flashing their hairy legs, my blood begins to boil.
This is not a golf course, a barbecue or a baseball game, this is a professional setting where you are a reflection of the elected representative who employs you and the country you serve.
For gentlemen, I recommend lightweight twill khakis. If your legs are still hot, break out a kilt. As for ladies, I suggest flowy cotton dresses/skirts and a knee length denim skirt. You can wear almost anything with a denim pencil and work-appropriate shoes and be professionally dressed.
I know some private companies play loose and dirty with casual Friday attire, and I suppose that it is their right. But as a voter and a staffer, I expect more from the professionals who work for Congress and so should you.