Just when I was actually starting to warm up to the bike shorts trend that had me pretty intimidated last summer, the fashion world goes and takes them to another level. Yes, denim cycling shorts are the latest iteration of the polarizing trend to emerge, and admittedly, I wasn't ready for them initially.
I mean, let's face it: We've been conditioned to associate longer cutoffs—"jorts," if you will—with bad taste. A quick search of the word on Urban Dictionary confirms this reputation: "a combination of the words 'jean' and 'shorts' used to describe the hideous attire, usually sported by NASCAR aficionados and men over 40."
I think hideous is a little dramatic, but it explains why I was shocked to see jorts popping up last summer, when some of the absolute coolest girls in fashion started styling them on Instagram. Now, as summer starts to materialise on the horizon, brands and retailers all over the internet have started stocking the shorts in a range of fits, from slim styles that mimic spandex bike shorts to roomier ones, confirming that they're a thing.
Like most of the other major 2019 trends, I'm pointing a finger at the '90s for being the main inspiration here. Whatever their origin, I'm totally intrigued by the style, and quite honestly thankful that they might just put an end to short shorts for good. I've just recently added a pair of denim Bermuda shorts to my closet, so keep reading to find a pair for yourself and get inspired by the outfit ideas I plan to try with them along the way.
I'd wear these just like this.
If every fashion girl's favourite denim destination is stocking the shorts, you know it's a thing.
A fitted and affordable iteration.
If the knee-grazing length still terrifies you, try out this mid-length pair.
Tuck in a tie-dye T-shirt and throw on some shell jewellery and you're peak spring 2019.
Oh, Ref, you just always nail it.
A light wash for summer days.
The fitted waist on these will be so flattering.
Mark my words: Fashion's inner circle will be testing out this capri length soon enough.
You can never really go wrong with a dark wash.
Double denim has never looked cooler.
Keep your beige-toned looks going strong into summer with this neutral wash.
A classic white style will go with your whole summer wardrobe.
How pretty is this embroidery?