WORDS BY LUCY HARDY
It’s typical. We spend all year waiting for summer, but when it dawns on us that we actually have to live, work, sleep, eat and breathe in this heat, we start to think it may not have been such a great idea after all.
Everytime, the same questions pop up: How am I supposed to sleep at night? Where’s the rain? What’s a jumper? I don’t remember ever wearing one. Will it ever end?
And most importantly, the age old workwear conundrum arises – can I wear shorts to work?
The fashion magazines say yes, your friends probably say no. So to gain some perspective on this contentious debate and solve your warm weather dressing woes, I’ve gathered the trusty opinion of five of my fabulous friends from varying professions – posing the question: would you wear shorts to work?
Joe, 22, Media Agency Executive
“Absolutely not - I tried it once in the 36-degree heat. Sandra in Finance didn't appreciate seeing my bare legs, and I felt incredibly exposed.”
Tom, 28, Receptionist
“Exposing your legs when VIP clients are visiting is risky. But working on reception, I’m sat down all day - so no one can see my legs under the desk. Up top, all you can see is a freshly ironed shirt. Down below I’m on an 18-30’s holiday in Magaluf. No one was any the wiser.”
Alex, 21, Police Officer
“We’re not actually allowed to wear shorts - sometimes it’d be nice to let the kneecaps breathe, but I don’t want bleeding knees after a bit of rough and tumble.”
Jack, 23, Museum Assistant
“I would definitely be up for wearing shorts - but it’s always a bit tricky with the museum’s dress code. I’d have to find a pair that’s stylish enough: maybe a printed Prada pair. I’d probably wear them with Gucci slides.”
Toby, 30, Forklift Truck Driver
"Wearing shorts is so much better: it's like a fresh meadow in your pants. Let’s be honest: in this heat, wearing trousers can feel like a sauna for your groin.”