We didn’t think it was possible, but it looks like bike shorts are going to be even bigger in 2019. Considering the divisive athleisure trend appeared across countless Spring 2019 runways (brands like Chanel, Fendi, and Maryam Nassir Zadeh gave them the thumbs up), it’s clear they’ve become a seasonal must-have. Luckily, if you feel inclined to embrace the ongoing spandex shorts craze, the trend presents a diverse range of styling possibilities.
While it’s easy to assume bike shorts are fairly one-note, there’s plenty of inspiration that suggests they can be polished, dressed-up, and even sophisticated enough for a professional setting (at least in a creative field!). For proof, take a look at the six examples below from women who are already incorporating bike shorts into their everyday routine. By pairing them with unexpected shoe styles and layering them with contrasting silhouettes, even bike short skeptics will be reconsidering their appeal.
Be The Boss
Not many HR professionals would suggest bike shorts for the office, but that doesn’t mean the off-hours piece can’t feel elevated. Pair with a clean, structured blazed and sensible heel for a work meeting or weekend brunch—it’s your call.
Pair With Your Party Shoes
The shoes that you break out for the most special occasions feel especially extra (in a good way!) when worn with an athletic short. In this case, the party-ready ensemble relies on the playful accessories to make a statement, while the outfit itself remains fairly comfortable.
Styling a pair of bike shorts into an otherwise workout-ready look might seem predictable, but the end result is way more special in a mixed-tone, monochromatic palette.
Transform Your Dresses
Wear your button-up dresses undone by layering in a sleek, simple pair of bike shorts. It adds a bit of modesty to a shorter hemline.
Create A Different Kind Of Matching Set
Create your own version of a matching set with stretchy shorts and a flirtier top—fitting for a laid-back evening out.
Lean Fully Into Athleisure
For those who unabashedly embrace all things fitness, there’s only one way to wear spring’s trending short style: with chunky sneakers, high socks, and an oversized tee.