Coming in hot on the Instagram scene over the last twelve months, cycling shorts are having yet another moment for Spring/Summer 2019.
What started as a street style trend has now taken over the entire fashion world thanks to major influencers and celebrity endorsers like Kim Kardashian. Even the luxury houses have jumped aboard the bandwagon, with Chanel, Stella McCartney, and Fendi all sending stretchy, knee-length designs down their SS19 catwalks without a bike in sight.
Whether you’re already loving this trend or want to know how to dip your toe in the water, here are my top 3 ways to slay cycling shorts.
1. For Working Out
The history of the cycling short tells us that this piece was originally supposed to be worn for exercise purposes. Flexible, breathable, and cool in the summer months, function reigned over fashion until the athleisure trend entered the style-sphere a few seasons’ back.
Then everything changed and it became the norm to opt for aesthetically-pleasing versions instead.
Cycling shorts that are just as stylish as they are comfortable are now part of a modern-day woman’s closet for working out. Simply throw yours on with a loose sweater and sneakers for a morning run or Zumba class to channel casual chic.
2. For Shopping or Going Out to Lunch
Want to earn yourself double style points? Invest in a pair of cycling shorts that also tap into other SS19 trends.
For instance, noticeable neon is currently dominating other seasonal colors, and tantalizing tie-dye is the latest print of choice.
Heading out for a daytime social event? Try pairing some fashion-forward cycling shorts with a cute tee, crop top, or button-up shirt, a grab-and-go purse, and small heels. And if it’s chilly? Add a track jacket to create a relaxed, athleisure aesthetic.
3. For Date Night or Drinks With the Girls
If you’re wondering how you can take your cycling shorts from day to night without compromising your street style cred, I have the perfect solution for you.
Consider grabbing some cycling shorts in a luxe fabric—like velvet, lame, or sequins—and teaming them with an oversized fitted blazer, a metallic clutch, and barely-there heels.
The result? A head-turning look that dominates as well as delivers.
Choosing the Right Occasion for Cycling Shorts
The great thing about cycling shorts is that they’re a versatile piece that can be dressed up or down, meaning that they suit a range of occasions.
That said, if you show up to the office in these beauties, note that you just might get told to go home and change. Due to their skin-tight nature, professional environments are generally a no-go.
However you choose to rock them, there’s no denying the captivating charm of cycling shorts. Once you get into them, you might just find that you’re unable to get out. I’m obsessed.