As much as we were afraid to admit it, it’s undeniable: Bike shorts are having an off-the-bike moment. The really surprising part? We’re actually okay with it. Whether we’re rocking bike shorts to the gym in lieu of leggings or wearing them for a night out on the town à la Kim Kardashian-West, the garment we once saved for windy days—to be worn under our skirts, naturally—is now replacing our skirt altogether.
Are you still hesitant to embrace the trend? We get it—we weren’t so keen on the idea at first either. After all, we've been silently judging people wearing leggings as pants for years now. And don't bike shorts fall into this same category?
Well, yes. But, as with leggings before them, there’s not much we can do to stop this trend, and it's a lot more fun to hop on the bandwagon than to sit snarkily on the sidelines. Luckily, plenty of brands are putting out jazzed-up versions of the stretchy style, so whether you’re going for a more athleisure-inspired look or a full-on glamazon, there’s a bike short for every situation. Pair ‘em with a tee or with your fanciest blouse, and you’re good to go!
Check out our picks, below.
I.Am.Gia, Aurora Short Black, $103, available at I.Am.Gia.
ALALA, Harley Short, $75, available at ALALA.
PrettyLittleThing, Taupe Rib High Waisted Cycling Shorts, $18, available at PrettyLittleThing.
Opening Ceremony, Stencil Banded Bike Short, $125, available at Opening Ceremony.
Nina Ricci, Lace Biker Shorts, $291, available at Farfetch.
Carli Bybel x Missguided, Burgundy Ribbed Biker Shorts, $16, available at Missguided.
Michi, Kinetic Bike Short, $105, available at Carbon38.
ASOS Curve, Legging Short With Lace Hem, $23, available at ASOS.
Live The Process, The Geometric Short, $78, available at Live The Process.
Forever 21, Colorblock Crop Top & Bermuda Shorts Set, $32, available at Forever 21.
Out From Under, All Day Bike Short, $16, available at Urban Outfitters.