In Spring / Summer 2019 we've been seeing a myriad of fashionistas, influencers and celebs all over the world wearing bike shorts...without a bike and definitely not working out either.
Cycle Shorts or Bike Shorts are the newest athleisure trend to hit the scene. Some may say we have Kim Kardashian to thank for popularizing this major cycle-shorts-are-real-pants trend in 2018 - but turns out Princess Diana was the OG for styling cycling Shorts.
Princess Diana was spotted wearing a pair of (hot pink) bike shorts teamed with dad sneakers, and a sweatshirt back in 1995. This was also a grunge look back in the '90s.
Side note - I for the record, have also worn a pair of black biker shorts in 2004 during freshman year phys.ed class - but it definitely did not look as hip on me. Will have to try this look again!
I was originally convinced that this questionable trend is merely just a fad - but now I am thinking this trend isn't vanishing anytime soon.
Not only are these shorts comfy and stretchy - and I don't know what it is - but there is also something quite sexy about these cycling shorts.
From sporty, casual and streetwear combos to more crisp tailored blazers, dressy and polished attire - there really is a style for everyone.
Keep scrolling to find some inspiration on how to stylize this trend.
Style Notes: Going for more of an extravagant, classy look? White on white is always trendy and chic. Wear a structured or peplum blazer over bike shorts - with heels to complete the look.
Naomi Campbell, Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh’s SS 2018 runway look.
Style Notes: On the go - yet stylin. Structured blazer over matching co-ord crop top, side purse and trainers. You can never go wrong with a black and white outfit.
Style Notes: Calling all risk takers: go chic athleisure with a matching co-ord set that features a black crop top and a plaid blazer.
Style Notes: Kylie Jenner in trainers, belted bag / fanny pack and pastel blazer - looking so peak '90s!
Style Notes: Laid back after-work look with a tucked in dress shirt, blazer and pointed flats.
Style Notes: For more of a feminine, elegant look - wear a lace top / bodysuit underneath, with bike shorts, blazer teamed with a belt for a fitted look, and tonal heels.
Style Notes : Tuxedo blazer, utility belt, matching colored top underneath, bike shorts and trainers. Sexy and classy outfit.
Style Notes: Pop of color with dress shirt - tucked in and trainers.
Style Notes: T-shirt button down top with a belt or waist bag.
MAKING A STATEMENT
Style Notes: Why not mix the neon green trend with bike shorts? Two fashion trends in one.
Style Notes; Glitz and Glam in a sequin co-ord matching set. Stun everyone in a dazzling set on a night out on town.
Style Notes: EDGY. biker chick vibes - in combat boots, and fun high-rise cheetah print cycling shorts and a black buckle crop top.
Style Notes: Cheetah print x black top makes go exceptionally well together.
CASUAL DAY WEAR
Style Notes: Turn an oversized shirt into a crop top and wear it over bike shorts. You can roll out of bed while with this laid back aesthetic look ;).
Style Notes: Oversized graphic tee x bike shorts + statement shoulder purse.
Style Notes: Your bf's graphic tees, concert + vintage t-shirts also work well for this throwback style.
Style Notes: Matching pinstripe crop top matching set with a waist purse / fanny pack.
Style Notes: Casual oversized hoodie (raid your boyfriend's closet ;)) with high waist bike shorts + shoulder bag.
Style Notes: Flaunt your figure with a high waist black matching cycling shorts set and a crop top that leaves little to the imagination.
DENIM + LEATHER JACKETS
There are so many ways to rock a denim or leather jacket with cycling shorts - on the shoulders, off the shoulders, buttoned or zipped all the way up - the possibilities are endless!
Style Notes: Denim or leather jackets are perfect for that edgy, stylish urban cycling street wear look.
Styling Notes: Feminine and ultra sexy - in knee high boots, belted denim dress or oversized denim.
Are you warming up to the trend yet?
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Whether you now love or hate this trend that many fashion-forward influencers and celebs are wearing, you can’t deny its versatile and nostalgic.
They are undeniably comfortable - and with the endless ways to style them - it looks as though this biker shorts phenomenon is here to stay!