Bike shorts, they’re just like leggings...right? In theory, yes. They’re simply the cut-off versions of the athleisure you pretty much live in all winter long. But when it comes to actually figuring out how to wear them, well, you’ll quickly find that bike shorts are not quite as easy to wear as your go-to Lululemon tights.
I first acquired a pair of bike shorts last year—picking a trusty all-black version from Amazon—and spent workdays and weekends figuring out how to rock my new stretchy acquisition. I’m not going to lie, it was a bit of a challenge, even though I quickly learned that they looked great with a T-shirt and a tailored blazer for the office and figured out that they actually look kinda cool with a clunky sneaker for weekend errands.
Once summer 2020 rolled around and the trend returned for another year, I shed my initial skepticism and emerged a bike shorts expert. I acquired a handful of new pairs, including those in shocking colors and cool prints and tried styling them in a ton of creative ways. So, for all those new to these shorts—and for those who are familiar but just want some new styling tips—here are five of my go-to bike shorts outfits whether I’m hitting the trails...or the couch.