Ah, bike shorts—a warm weather favorite among celebrities and off-duty models. It’s been on the fashion circuit for a couple years now, but the trend really took off last summer when the likes of the Hadids wore oversized hoodies for the athleisure aesthetic and the Kardashians wore men’s shirts for a more sophisticated look. And now, it’s forecasted that cycling shorts are going to be the shorts of the summer, as fashion houses like Chanel, Roberto Cavalli and Fendi had their models strut down the runway in their unique interpretations of the stretchy shorts rage.
Any thoughts on the garment? What’s your take on bike shorts?
To be honest, at first the cycling shorts trend seemed a little strange, but as more celebrities embraced the stretchy shorts in their weekend wear, the more the item made sense for the spring/summer season. If you think about it, they’re pretty similar to how we treat yoga pants or leggings. When jeans are way too rigid, tight and hot for the 30-degree weather, we spring for stretchy leggings, so are bike shorts our substitute for jean shorts? Apparently so.
Thus, it’s time to say goodbye to thigh chaffing, muffin tops and jeans riding up your crotch. While denim cutoffs and other jean shorts will forever remain a staple for your summer wardrobe, feel free to switch things up with this comfy alternative.
Not sure how to wear them? Here’s what we suggest:
1.Wear them with a short dress
Got a couple of dresses hanging in your closet that are a little too short to be worn on their own? Instead of opting for spanks that still remain hidden when you pull on the frock, pair it with bike shorts. Evidently, the cycling shorts look won’t fair well with all styles of dresses. You mainly want to go for basic, simple styles, such as t-shirt dresses, shirt dresses, shift dresses, generally nothing too structured. You could also wear them with fitted dresses if they’re casual enough. Definitely avoid bandage dresses.
2. Wear them with a blazer
Might seem silly pairing the classic dinner jacket with essentially sports gear, but hey, if it’s possible to dress up yoga pants, then the same can be done with these Bike Shorts from OEM. A fitted blazer creates a feminine silhouette, while a boyfriend or oversized blazer plays to the menswear vibe of the entire look. You have several options of what you can wear underneath. If you’re not a fan of revealing too much or want a daytime appropriate look, go with a cami. If you’re a fan of crop tops, wear the blazer unbuttoned. Now if you’d like a sexier evening look, wear the blazer buttoned with a bralette, or dare to wear nothing underneath.
3. Wear them with a hoodie or loose long-sleeve tee
Experience ultimate comfort with a pullover or a loose long-sleeve tee and bike shorts. The sporty vibe is all well and good, but if you want to look a little more chic, sling a waist bag (previously known as a fanny pack) over your neck and shoulder. You can also spring for a designer or sleek crossbody to elevate the outfit. While sneakers may be the obvious choice of footwear for an ensemble like this, feel free to change things up with chunky Mary Janes or two-strap sandals.
4. Wear them with an oversized shirt
Perhaps the most popular way of wearing coveted bike shorts are with men’s shirts, or an oversized shirt. It’s a long way from the morning-after look as you let the shorts peek out from the hem of the shirt, although you can choose to knot it at the waist if you want to showcase the shorts as well. Then, finish the ensemble with barely there heels. If you’re leaving the shirt down, you can wear a waist belt or waist bag to create more shape, but if you’re wearing these Bike Shorts with Pockets from OEM, best to keep the shirt loose. To finish that outfit, go for white sneakers or cool slides.
Have your opinions changed on bike shorts? Ours certainly have. If you have any other style tips or would like to share your outfits with us, remember to leave us a comment below!
Sheena is the lead fashion writer here at Pretty Me Philippines and has contributed articles for numerous lifestyle blogs and online publications. Other than keeping up with the latest trends, she loves baking and home DIY projects.