I’ll be honest… I cringe just a bit every time I see an outfit styled around the bike short trend. Growing up in the ’80s and ’90s, of course I wore neon spandex shorts when I was a kid, but I just cannot fathom wearing them as an adult. Maybe it’s the feeling of being just a bit too exposed in such a hugging fabric, or perhaps I’m shying away because they haven’t quite made their way back into mainstream fashion just yet.
The bike short trend had a resurgence on Fashion Week runways in the last year, and celebs like Kim Kardashian, the Hadid sisters, and Kendall Jenner have been rocking it since. Now, I’ve been noticing these shorts gaining popularity with some of my favorite street style stars and blogger babes. Are bike shorts actually making their way into mainstream fashion, or will they stay a celebrity and fashion “it girl” piece? If you’re keen on this daring runway trend, I’ve rounded up some of the top ways to style what may just become your next pair of go-to shorts!
Under a Sheer Dress or Skirt
An obvious and practical way to hop on the bike short trend is to layer them under a sheer dress or skirt!
Update Your Athleisure Uniform
Swap out your typical leggings outfit for bike shorts to update your favorite athleisure outfit and beat the summer heat.
Top Them With a Blazer
How is it that a blazer can make any outfit look chic? Redefine business casual and throw a blazer over your bike shorts and a simple tee.
Go-To Travel Uniform
If your goal is to be the epitome of style and comfort while you travel, try rocking a pair of bike shorts on your next flight or road trip.
Re-Purpose Your Mini As A Top
Try tucking your mini slip dress in on one side to create a completely new outfit!
We can all agree that part of the official uniform for summer is a great pair of shorts. Classic styles like denim cut-offs and high-waist linen shorts were made for hot summer days.
But if you’re looking for something new, hot summer weather can be tricky. Whether you’re feeling shorts-averse or they’re still a wardrobe staple, check out our round-up of hot weather outfit alternatives to inspire your style this season.
Jumpsuits are one of my year-round favorites, and a lightweight jumpsuit is the perfect simple summer one-piece!
Wide-Leg Linen Pants
Wide-leg linen pants are so versatile and can be worn to run errands or grab drinks with the girls!
Flowy Midi Dresses
I love a good mini dress, but midi dresses have my heart this summer!
Denim skirts are definitely replacing denim shorts as the summer uniform staple this year!
High-waist trousers have been my alternative to jeans this summer. They are comfortable and breathable, yet still stylish enough for me to feel great about my outfit.
Mary Elizabeth back again, and this time, I’m getting super sporty…
…well, for me at least. My personal style gravitates toward comfy with a dose of glam, but pairing a sweatshirt with little boys’ athletic pants (I like my pants cropped and high-waisted!) is all new territory. I decided to dress these babies up with some super fun Wildfox “minion” sunnies (exaggerated shades are kind of my thing. I’m from LA, okay?). I picked these up at the West Hollywood Crossroads and keep them on frequent rotation.
The next standout piece—which is probably what motivated the junior athletic trousers in the first place—are these robin’s egg blue patent leather Kurt Geiger Mary-Janes. I knew they’d be the perfect pop of color for my typically neutral ensembles. Little did I know, these vibrant soles would inspire a whole new fashion departure with my venture into both the athletic trend and bolder colors. I picked up these sweet little flats at the Studio City Crossroads and have been loving them ever since. They give me all the bad-girl, baby-doll vibes of the ’90s. Plus, they add a little refinement to my otherwise sloppy ensemble.
Finished with a little half tuck and a navy collar, here’s how the entire look came together.
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