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Would You Wear… Bike Shorts?


Bike shorts trend
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Here’s a new fashion trend I’ve been noticing on all the blogs and street style websites lately – black bicycle shorts, either lace, mesh, or spandex, worn peeking out from beneath denim cutoffs or worn alone under a loose top.

I think the bike shorts trend is a cute, unique way to slowly transition your summer wardrobe into fall and an easy method to breath life into those same old denim shorts you’ve been rocking all summer.

If you’re on a budget or just don’t want to shell out cash for a trendy item, bike shorts like the ones pictured above are a super-simple DIY project: just grab a pair of sharp scissors and cut off standard black tights or lace leggings to your desired length. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

So what do you think? Would you wear bike shorts? Which of the above looks is your favorite? Type up a quick comment – can’t wait to hear what you guys think of this trend!

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74 Responses to “Would You Wear… Bike Shorts?”

  1. 1
    August 11th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Most definitely — they are so vintage! I remember wearing them as a kid and i love them on me just as much now as i did then! Definite YES!

  2. 2
    August 11th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Only if it’s under a pair of shorts, otherwise they kinda look like a long pair of underwear.

  3. 3
    August 11th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    i love the look in the middle picture! i would def. rock the biker shorts with a longer shirt…im not a fan of the leggings under shorts look.

  4. 4
    August 11th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    omigod! The 80’s are officially back! :P
    Yeah, I’d probably wear a cut-up or lace pair. But, I agree with Annastasia…only under shorts. When I first read the title of this post, I thought you meant by themselves and cringed a bit (okay, a lot).

  5. 5
    August 11th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    I’ve been wearing them to exercise and under dresses if I’m biking somewhere for a really long time. Never wore them as part of an outfit… not my style. American Apparel makes great ones though, for anyone whose interested.

  6. 6
    August 11th, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    No way would I wear these, reminds me too much of the 80’s- and not in the good way. Yikes!!

  7. 7
    August 11th, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    no no && most definitely not. these remind me too much of after school sports practices.–& not in a good way.

  8. 8
    August 11th, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    ew. no.

  9. 9
    August 11th, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Very cute trend. Can’t say I would wear them personally because I have short legs. I don’t really like holes in the biker shorts but plain black is fabulous.

  10. 10
    August 11th, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    I like the ones in the middle. I personally think they look a bit silly under denim shorts.

  11. 11
    August 11th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    I like the idea, but I just tried it and it looks weird with what I have. Maybe if they aren’t cturoff shorts they would work for me. But for now, i think I’ll pass lol.

  12. 12
    August 11th, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    I really like this look! I wouldn’t wear it all the time but when I feel a bit edgy and need a more fallish look for my cut-offs it’s perfect. Usually I keep them around for the gym so it’s not like you need to spend extra money.

    Good one!

  13. 13
    August 11th, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    I’ve rocked everything from tie dyed jeans to liquid leggings, but this one is too out there for me. It looks great on models and in photos, but I couldn’t pull that off in real life. Kudos to anyone who makes it work!

  14. 14
    August 11th, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    I just realized that I had been wearing bike shorts with loose tops during the entire summer. I didn’t know they were a fashion trend!? So I guess to answer your question…yes.

  15. 15
    August 11th, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    yeahhhhhhh!! where can i find em!?

  16. 16
    August 11th, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    i bought a pair of these with a lace trim from charlotte russe to try out. i think this look could be cute with just the lace trim peeking out of a pair of cutoffs. i have short legs, so i think if i made my shorts too much longer with the bike shorts it might have the wrong effect. im waiting for them to come in the mail so i can try them out!

  17. 17
    August 11th, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Under a pair of shorts, yes – a new way to wear denim shorts is okay in my book. ;)

  18. 18
    August 11th, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    How about leggings under shorts? Would it be weird since they’re longer?

  19. 19
    August 11th, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    this recycled 80s thing is so played out. i love the 80s, but can we have some new fashion trends now??

  20. 20
    August 11th, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    i’m not so sure about this one. I have bike shorts but only for biking purposes. i cant picture wearing em under shorts cuz it seems a lil too bulky for people who aren’t a size 2. the last thing i wanna do is add bulk to my waistline. however the lace biking shorts with a lose long shirt is kinda cute. but can’t u see ur underwear thru those things?

  21. 21
    August 11th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    I love the bike shorts under a loose top look, but I’m not feeling it under a denim short.

  22. 22
    August 11th, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Im not a huge fan of this trend…. my style is more classic then up to date trendy.

  23. 23
    August 11th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Under shorts is a cool style and I really like the middle outfit. Don’t know if I’d wear it though

  24. 24
    August 11th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Not for me.

  25. 25
    August 11th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    I think it’s a really cool idea; sort of like leggings to wear under a tunic or shorts without all the material so you don’t get hot. But I don’t know if just anyone could pull it off. Maybe if we see it around a bit more…

  26. 26
    August 11th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    oh! it’s so 80’s! mmm but I guess i’ll not wear those… i’m not thin and I guess I’ll look fat

  27. 27
    August 11th, 2009 at 9:52 pm


  28. 28
    August 11th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    I actually have worn biker shorts under shorts. Not cutoffs though. They also look nice under mini skirts and mini dresses. I have short legs too, they look fine on me.

  29. 29
    August 11th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    not so crazy about under the denim shorts. I don’t know if I’ll be trying this out but the middle look is pretty cute :)

  30. 30
    August 11th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    i tried on a pair of these with a skirt earlier in the summer and i really didnt like it…..i may have to pick up a cheap pair from charlotte russe or forever21, etc. and try on different stuff with them. at the very least i can wear them as pj bottoms.

  31. 31
    August 11th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    yes! i just saw some of these at tjmaxx in the neon colors! i think ‘m going to run out an get them tomorrow!

  32. 32
    August 11th, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    As a fashion statement, probably not (unless I was wearing them under a really short skirt or something), but as someone who wears a military uniform for her college’s military marching band, biker shorts and under armour are your best friends when it comes to not having your underwear show through white pants and to keep your collared shirt nice, tight, and crisp-looking when tucked into your pants. :D

  33. 33
    August 11th, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    love love love. so 90’s grunge cool. i like the look underneath denim shorts, and this would make a super easy DIY

  34. 34
    August 11th, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    I love it.
    I’ve also seen them pulled off quite well by Stylish Wanderer on her blog, Chictopia, Teen Ugly and such.
    Neon bike shorts under a long white slub tank looks very fresh and fun.

  35. 35
    August 11th, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    i will be looking into this trend for back to school, deffinetley a trendy way to handle those chillier new england days in fall, and it would allow me to stand out from the crowd. i love the way krystal bick (from the middle picture) has been pulling the look off on her blog, its clearly a versatile piece. just spicing up an old classic, in my opinion.

  36. 36
    August 11th, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    I most certainly will NOT be wearing them. I’m sure they would make me much more self concious about my thighs, which I am already uncomfortable with.
    I don’t think they would suit me.

  37. 37
    August 11th, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    I love the bike shorts under shorts look! I think they’d look super cute under a denim skirt as well. But I don’t think I would wear them with just a top, hehe.

  38. 38
    August 11th, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    yuck, no! =)

  39. 39
    August 12th, 2009 at 12:35 am

    im not sure how they’d look on me, but i think it’s a creative new idea :D!
    it’d be a fresh thing to try ;)
    i personally don’t like the middle one though..

  40. 40
    August 12th, 2009 at 1:06 am

    lol totally :)
    i don’t think EVERYTHING out of the ’80s was horrible!

    when you have the bike shorts sort of peeking out from under a pair of denim shorts – that’s really cute layering!

  41. 41
    August 12th, 2009 at 1:25 am

    LOVE this trend! i wore them a couple times because I felt too self conscious to wear just shorts (it has been a long, lazy summer–legs are not in cut-off shape!) felt very comfortable and got lots of compliments. the ones with lace on the bottom look the cutest

  42. 42
    August 12th, 2009 at 1:35 am

    Yes, I would definitely wear them with shorts. So cute

  43. 43
    August 12th, 2009 at 2:22 am

    My butt looks nice but not nice enough to be in bike shorts, especially with just bike shorts. Plus it looks a little bit ridiculous under another pair of shorts.

  44. 44
    August 12th, 2009 at 2:44 am

    Looks cute, I’d rock that if I lived somewhere warm

  45. 45
    August 12th, 2009 at 2:46 am

    Biker shorts are great for practical use but for fashion, I have to disagree. I know this trend was all over Alexander Wang’s runway but I personally think it’s hideous, especially under shorts. I mean…is it really necessary? I love ’80s trends, but this one seems more like a fad.

  46. 46
    August 12th, 2009 at 4:21 am

    no. no no no no. i wouldn’t at all.
    others could probably rock it, just not me.

  47. 47
    August 12th, 2009 at 5:15 am

    I think leggings are cute on people other than myself and I absolutely love tights but this…

  48. 48
    August 12th, 2009 at 5:36 am

    Only if I was doing yoga. I can’t see myself or anyone else pulling this off. NO

  49. 49
    August 12th, 2009 at 7:19 am

    No. I think they’re disgusting!

  50. 50
    August 12th, 2009 at 7:58 am

    bike shorts are good for indoor cycling classes, but not as tights….the length isn’t suitable….

  51. 51
    August 12th, 2009 at 11:21 am

    I think it’s really convenient trend, I have plenty of dresses that are a tad bit too short and the shorts extend my range of motion. I would say YES I love my biker shorts just not paired with cutoffs, just dresses that need it.

  52. 52
    August 12th, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Well, being mostly a classic girl, my obvious answer should be no…but I have a retro-funky streak that really loves the lace ones! They’re a way to play with a look that’s more urban cool than I usually manage, while still having the girly touch. I definitely like them alone rather than under shorts; that IS too grunge. Btw, what is some people’s problem with just shorts or leggings on the bottom, esp. under a long top? It’s no worse than wearing shorty shorts alone, and I used to wear just bike shorts and leggings as a child and I loved them, so sleek but so comfortable (and we all know that’s a high fashion rarity).

  53. 53
    August 12th, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Yes… on a bike.

  54. 54
    August 12th, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    i love the idea of pairing lacy bike shorts with a long top or a short dress, so cute.

  55. 55
    August 12th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    i just got a pair of these shorts in the mail from charlote russe (the ones you featured in your post with every day outfits) and they look super cute underneath denim shorts. for me, i only like the lace to peek out a little at the bottom, so my version is a little watered down, but i love it!

  56. 56
    August 12th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Nooooo!! They look AWFUL underneath the shorts! The only picture that kind of works is the middle one…I could see them with a short dress or top but I think calf-length lace tights would be so much better anyway. God I hope this doesn’t become a wide-spread thing.

  57. 57
    August 12th, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    I’m not loving this one. They look kind of cheap, but maybe some people can pull it off. The way the middle girl’s wearing it looks cute.

  58. 58
    August 12th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    No, I wouldn’t wear that!! I mean, it looks hot on some people (Taylor Momsen, Rihanna…) but not on me, for sure.
    But if I had to, I would try to make it look like the picture on the right.

    Keep up the good work with this blog!!

  59. 59
    August 13th, 2009 at 8:09 am

    da second looks really hot…
    da bike shorts are your thing if you have the perfect toned thighs for them.

  60. 60
    August 13th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    This is way cute! It definitely depends on how you wear it. I think I might try this out today when I go back to school shopping!

  61. 61
    August 13th, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    Perhaps for undergarment purposes, but not as shorts.

  62. 62
    August 14th, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Nope I won’t wear it :X Not my style at all

  63. 63
    August 14th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Hmm, I am on the fence about this trend for sure. It’s not for everyone and though I love the “motorcycle” style, I don’t think this one’s doing it for me. It’s definitely daring though yet tame enough for the everyday – girls can wear it and still look fashionable and edgy yet not over the top. I personally will stick to my lacy black leggings underneath my shorts :)

  64. 64
    August 16th, 2009 at 12:26 am

    I love biking shorts! i’d actually been wearing a pair with those skirts that were just a little bit too short but they look so great under shorts too! I love them- they’re like short leggings.

  65. 65
    August 17th, 2009 at 3:19 am

    I wear bike shorts… when I’m biking. For everyday wear it looks a bit trashy. I’ve already had enough of an eyefull of cameltoes and other unpleasantries from legging wearers, thanks.

  66. 66
    August 17th, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    no… i dont like it… But maybe on bike :D

  67. 67
    August 18th, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    love the look. anyone know where i can get some like the middle picture? especially looking for plus sizes

  68. 68
    August 20th, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    Eww. I guess the trashy trailer park look is back in style? (vomits)… sorry… no way… no one over the age of 12 should be tryin to rock this look. On a developed body it looks totally skanky…

  69. 69
    August 23rd, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    i like the first one…sexy,but not wearing a bikini otop and cut-offs sexy more romantic pretty.

  70. 70
    August 23rd, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    um no. way too 80s grunge for an outfit you might wear some place u wanna look put together

  71. 71
    August 25th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    It’s not my thing, but if you try it, you have to have an amazing body, especially legs, for a daring fashion like this.

  72. 72
    September 2nd, 2009 at 6:07 am

    i tried out this trend today. about 10 people asked “are you wearing spandex under your shorts?” i looked really cute though. :)

  73. 73
    September 2nd, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    I think it would look cute if you put a lacy pair under jean shorts, but that’s it.

  74. 74
    May 13th, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    I’d definitely wear the second one!

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