3 ways to wear the bike shorts trend
Stored in a box in the basement, thrown in the charity bin or just straight into the trash can - they’re now having a terrific comeback on the big runways of the world. The cycling shorts are back and split the fashion nation in two: wear or tear - there is no in between.
The trendy fashion piece is surprisingly versatile. It challenges our creativity and is transformable like barley any other piece of clothing.
Sporty at leisure, stylish in the office and elegant for an evening event as a modern replacement for the common 'little black dress'.
For a casual everyday look the cycling pants should be made of solid cotton. They should not fit like a second skin, but slightly hug the thigh. Beautifully combine them with a shirt made of soft, flowing material that is not too loosely cut. This can be a casual cashmere sweater or a long blouse, both of which can be combined with a waist belt to accentuate the feminine silhouette.
No Go: The complete sporty look with shiny, skin-tight trousers, a cotton sweater, sweatband and sneakers.
For a classic, sporty office outfit, the pants must be made of solid material such as a light summerly wool. The look is complete with pumps and a slim-cut, double-breasted blazer, which you can easily combine with a thick belt. If you can’t wear narrow-cut blazers and waistbands, you can choose a blazer or a jacket in a slight A-shaped cut. Add a cool bag and the once sporty pants are transformed into business chic. If you want, you can wear socks in the same color.
On cool summer days, style the pants in a even sportier way. Maybe with a knee-long, oversized, cardigan and color coordinated thin turtleneck. In addition: flat, lightweight summer boots. So that the pants are suitable for the office, as well as a Saturday shopping trip.
No Go for the office: Cycling pants with fishnet tights and a crop top.
If you want to wear a pair of cycling shorts for an event or dinner instead of the 'little black dress', you can wear short, tight, transparent lace cycling pants under a wide mini skirt. Combine it with high heels and a black, glittering evening bag to add some glamour. The top matching the skirt should be skin tight and should be worn under a short jacket - put a wide cashmere stole over it and the look is complete. Elegant, playful and very feminine. A tall woman could also wear ballerinas with this outfit, which will make her look even more feminine.
- When wearing cycling pants the crotch should be covered with a longer top.
- No short tops - only if you decide to go to the lake to swim.
- Extremely tight, shiny cycling pants make the thighs look squashed.
- It’s better if there’s a little bit of space between the thigh and the pants.
Combined with sneakers cycling shorts look very sporty. Combining them with sandals, slippers or heels catch the contrast the sporty style of the pants which makes it always look a little more interesting.
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