Trying the Trend: Bike Shorts

I have to admit, I resisted the bike shorts trend for a while. It wasn’t a look I was excited about, especially given that every pair I saw was in an ultra-tight nude color a la the Kim K. (we have very different personal styles). I kind of hoped the fad would just pass before I had to deal with it, especially after the first pair I tried on was too small (it was impossible to find a plus size pair in stores when the trend first hit!), and squeezed my thigh fat in a very unpleasant way. As someone on the shorter side, I also worried that where they were hit on my thigh cut the line of my leg.

Fast forward some months, and after seeing babes of all shapes and sizes rocking bike shorts (#representationmatters) and styling them in really fun ways, I decided to give the trend another shot (especially since it is not going to be going away any time soon!).

While there is always the standard co-ord crop top and shorts combo (just add a fanny pack and you are festival ready), I’ve been drawn to the more unexpected ways to wear them. One of my favorites is with a longline blazer and pointy toe mules.  I saw this styling on fashion week runways, and it looks just as good on curves.

I also love the look of an oversized top with two strap heels.  This faux suede number from Boohoo is just the thing for cooler spring evenings, and can also work worn open as a light weight jacket.

oversized suede shirt jacket / bike shorts / wayfarer sunglasses / snake print heels

I’ve included options at all price points below, but for a trend like this, I recommend starting off with a cheaper pair if you are unsure about biker shorts (you can even find then on Amazon for $7).  As I discovered the hard way, fit is important in this style, so don’t immediately write off the style if the first pair you try doesn’t work on you!  Click through to find your favorite, and let me know if there are any other trends you want me to try out soon.

 


Manhattanite, body positive fashion blogger, & Associate Fashion Editor at Plus Model Magazine