There's been a (quasi-controversial) resurgence of leggings
as "real pants" in the past few years, forcing us to ask ourselves whether or not the body-con bottoms are a truly viable option to wear outside of the gym. With the right styling, the right attitude, and the right pair, our vote is yes
, but as summer rolls around, we're wondering the same about leggings' not-as-long counterpart — the bike short.
When you think of bike shorts, the first word to pop into your head probably isn't "on-trend," but like leggings, bike shorts are no longer just for the gym. Bike shorts are a thing again (thank you, Kim Kardashian-West
), and they're even easier to style than leggings. The key is to grab a pair with some length — it's more fashion-forward. And, since the shorts don't go all the way down to your ankles (obviously; 'tis the nature of shorts), it makes navigating shoe selection so
much easier. Leggings and heels? Most likely no. Bike shorts and heels? Kind of rad. Wear with a bomber, a leather jacket, or with an oversized T-shirt, and you're good to go.
Ahead, find our picks for taking this stretchy trend for a spin. Are you bold enough to try it out?