15 Reasons to Give Bike Shorts a Try

When Kim Kardashian West first stepped out in bike shorts in a non-ironic way, we admit we were a little apprehensive. Sure, it was endorsed by the Kardashian-Jenner clan, the Yeezy enthusiasts, and even Naomi Campbell on the Off-White runway, but would it last? Only time would tell. Fast-forward only a few short months and we’re fully obsessed—and you should be too.

Bike shorts are so much more than a wardrobe staple for actual cycling. Whether you’re wearing them out with a cropped T-shirt or layering them under a slip dress that's gathered or tucked just enough to reveal your spandex bottoms, we fully approve. And while we have a ton of looks of our own that we can’t wait to try, we’ve enlisted the help of some of the chicest street style stars out there to offer up even more bike shorts outfit inspiration this summer.

From casual and sporty combinations to more dressed-up looks you might even wear out at night, the bike shorts outfits we've rounded up can do it all. Scroll through our favorite looks, and then shop the trend for yourself.

Put your bike shorts on full display, leaving a crisp printed button-down open at the front. Finish the look off with equally eye-catching accessories like colorful frames and printed ankle booties.

Make your bike shorts more tailored with the addition of a structured blazer. Have fun with the sportswear vibe, though, and keep it casual with a pair of colorful sneakers.

Go simple with a crewneck T-shirt and sneakers. With a black tee and white kicks, consider an understated color for your bike shorts.

Top off an all-black bike shorts look with an oversize denim jacket. Dress it down with sneakers or up with more elevated sandals.

Layer up. Choose bike shorts to go with your button-down, seasonal knits, and even lightweight jacket. Keep you tones similar and dark for a chic appeal that will instantly have you feeling like a French girl.

Lean into the '90s vibe with all your favorite styling pieces from the retro decade. Top your bike shorts with a colorful slip dress; then add a fanny pack, bright sunglasses, and "dad" sneakers.

Juxtapose the casual nature of your bike shorts with a more statement-making top. Even in classic black, we love a waist tie, puff sleeves, and a more sculptural silhouette.

Bike shorts don't have to be basic black. In fact, we love the idea of incorporating more dressed-up textures and finishes into the sporty essential.

Take your bike shorts to work with pieces from your corporate wardrobe. Consider a white button-down, a light blazer, and pointed-toe flats for this elegant take on the sporty favorite.

For a look that will take you into fall, consider topping your bike shorts with a more tailored blazer belted at the waist.

Layer like a pro. Starting with your bike shorts, keep that athleisure vibe going strong by throwing on a hoodie, but make the entire look a little more tailored with the addition of a tweed jacket or blazer.


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Keep it simple with a button-down shirt. More tailored than a T-shirt, but just as simple when it comes to the wardrobe essential's throw-on-and-go nature, it's the perfect pairing for your new favorite shorts trend.


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Show a little skin by styling your super-high-waisted bike shorts with a skimpy crop top. Add a structured blazer on top to play the juxtaposition of tailoring and sportswear.


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If you're looking for a pairing for your bright tailored blazer that's seemingly difficult to style, try your hand at the athleisure look with a pair of black spandex bike shorts.


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Go monochrome with an all-black look. If you're not into a pop of color, consider a pair of white shoes to brighten up your look.

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