Shorts generally sit right at the dividing line between the button-down and free-flow fashion worlds. We say “generally” because there are some more formal shorts options available, like Matt Lauer here.
Last year, the #FreeTheKnee campaign sought to ensure the rights of working men to free their gams and gain the ability to express themselves through fashion — oh OK, they probably just wanted to be more comfortable.
InStyle endorses shorts, culottes, etc. at work for women, as long as their wearer adheres to certain principles that just make good sense:
Of course, as we said before, every industry has its personality and your decision should make sense for the kind of work you do. Here’s a good yardstick, from Kate Weiss, HR VP at Time Inc.: “Ask yourself: If you're called into a meeting with senior leaders, would you feel comfortable wearing shorts?"