Chances are, if you’re a total workout buff (or, y’know, actually into what it was originally created for – cycling), you probably own one of these. We’re referring to cycling shorts: The bottom-hugging, skin-tight Bermuda-length shorts that have up till now, only seen the light of day at pilates class or #CardioDay.
For months now, biker shorts have been inconspicuously bubbling underneath the surface since the Kardashians and Hadid sisters were photographed in them. And then came fashion month, where they were officially given the designer-approved stamp, leading us to believe that the biker short is indeed here to stay – and slay for SS19.
But it wasn’t as straightforward as just slapping the athleisure staple on the runway, biker shorts were instead given a professional makeover, being alternated with everything from formal blazer jackets, office-appropriate blouses, and sophisticated button-up tunics. Chanel paired black cycling shorts with an oversized fuchsia tweed blazer jacket, Fendi teamed theirs with a box shirt and a toolkit-style belt bag, while Jacquemus, Prada and Roberto Cavalli’s cycling shorts were fashioned in prints and punchy colours.
So, the celebs and designers have spoken, and there’s our cue to offer a rejoinder: Are you a fan of the biking short (it is admittedly super comfy), or do you consider it a fashion faux pas? If you err on the side of the former, we’ve got a list of biker shorts-plus-workwear combinations below to offer some inspiration. Keep calm and get your cycle shorts on.
1. Blush neutrals
Jonathan Simkhai ruffled tulle blouse, S$1,035, from Matchesfashion; Valentina ribbed biker shorts, USD 19.99 (S$27.57), from Fashion Nova
For a romantic look, team a pair of beige coloured biker shorts with a soft blush pink tulle blouse with ruffles and ribbon details.
2. Print on print
Preen Line Verena vine-print blouse, S$535, from Matchesfashion; Snake print cycling shorts, £6.40 (S$11.46), from Boohoo
To deliver a stunning print-on-print look featuring this season’s trending animal print, team a blouse with subtle, soft patterns with this pair of snakeskin biker shorts.
Chloé belted double-breasted twill blazer, US$2,039.26 (S$2,812.55), from Net-a-Porter; Gloria Coelho cycling shorts, S$567, from Farfetch
Taking the concept modern suiting to the next level, this look emulates Roberto Cavalli’s S/S ‘19 show where the blazer-and-shorts ensemble took flight in full glory.
4. Heritage checks
Rochas checked wool-blend bomber jacket, S$3,110, from Matchesfashion; Jumbo rib high-waist cycling short, £4.00 (S$7.16), from Boohoo
For an edgier streetwear take on the trend, try this bomber jacket with heritage checks and pair it with a pair of ribbed cycling shorts in earthy khaki.
5. Equestrian chic
Chloé gathered silk-pongee V-neck blouse, S$2,020, from Matchesfashion; Lygia & Nanny cycling shorts, S$57, from Farfetch
Elegant and sophisticated, this ensemble features a gentle white silk blouse with a wide crepe waistband and a pair of biker shorts in black. Finish the look with a pair of knee-high riding boots.