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 (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?
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