There's been a resurgence of leggings as "real pants" in the past few years which has been accelerated by the recent indoors comfort-first wardrobe. We no longer 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, the stretchy, clingy pant now gets a resounding yes. However, as summer rolls around, the same goes for leggings' not-as-long counterpart: the bike short.
Bike shorts caused quite the stir when they first hit the runway again a few years back, with fashion girls all over the world embracing the controversial trend. And while we weren't quite sure of their longevity, after seeing our favorite designers, from Heron Preston to Rachel Comey, manufacturing pairs of their own, it became clear that bike shorts are here to stay for another moment.
So what is the trick to doing them right? Our advice: 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 heeled sandals? Most likely no. Bike shorts and heeled sandals? Kind of great. Wear with an oversized blazer, a simple hoodie or with a pretty white blouse, and you're good to go.
Ahead, find our picks for taking this stretchy trend for a spin.
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