Bike shorts are the latest retro clothing item to make its way back into the spotlight. With several designers incorporating them into their collections, it’s only a matter of time before the street style stars pick up on this emerging trend.
The bike shorts or "cyclings" were popularized in the ‘80s, a time when stretchy shorts were considered acceptable to be worn as everyday bottoms. In fact, even Princes Diana had been notably seen sporting a pair out in public.
Now, if you’re not into the Kardashians or Jenners, we understand why lycra shorts might not be as appealing to you. But here at Preview, we have a never-say-never attitude when it comes to fashion. If you also want to give these shorts a chance, we suggest you avoid pairing them with your gym clothes, though! Instead, opt for neutral hues and balance the thigh-hugging bottoms with a structured blazer.
Like Vogue Australia’s Christine Centenera demonstrates, an oversized blazer will go well with bike shorts that are slightly above the knee. Slip on a pair of heeled mules and you’re practically ready for work—if you don’t have a strict dress code, that is.
Deviate from the athleisure trend and go for an edgy spin. Your tight bottoms will do well to balance out the bulky feel of your combat boots.
Tight cropped tops will also work well! Just add a tailored third piece to polish your look.
Speaking of a third piece, anything oversized makes for a comfortable jacket during a long-haul flight. Keep it chic with a sleek white-on-white ensemble underneath, featuring your lycra shorts of course!
Layer on the accessories, too, if you like. Keep the look coherent by adding pieces in the same color as your shorts.
Now, if you’re feeling a little bolder, how about sporting a shorter pair of bike shorts with a double-breasted blazer? Cinch your waist with a belt bag to show off your curves while you're at it!