I very distinctly remember the first time I saw Kim Kardashian West wearing bike shorts. It was summer 2016 and my immediate reaction was “What is she thinking?” Even though she’s known for wearing enviable fashion-forward outfits on a near daily basis, I thought the spandex number looked silly and unfinished—basically, solid proof that it was impossible to turn this style into something chic. Turns out, I was a fool.
Here we are, three years later, and you know which trend is still going strong? Bike shorts. They’ve since appeared on the runways at Chanel, Fendi, Stella McCartney and Saint Laurent, among others. Almost every supermodel and fashion editor has been photographed wearing them at various fashion weeks. They’ve even popped up on the red carpet (though, to be fair, Demi Moore did it first).
As part of an ongoing sartorial experiment, I’ve been challenging myself to reconsider a trend I find to be confusing and weirdly intimidating. By that, I mean I’m forcing myself to wear said style for a few days, in the hopes that I might finally discover what all the fuss is about. However, after just three days I was forced to admit that even I, someone who gets paid to write about fashion on a daily basis, just cannot get on board with bike shorts.