One trend I never thought I would join is cycling shorts. Despite their popularity over the past couple of years, especially amongst celebrities like the Kardashians, its not been something I thought would suit me or that I needed to be a part of.
However, after seeing a couple of my favourite influencers wearing them on Instagram late last year, I knew I had to give them a go outside of the gym or off my bike!
What is clear is that cylcing shorts have become so much more than a piece of activewear. They are a must have (never thought I’d say that) in your wardrobe that can be styled up and down, adaptable for any occasion. They are also a great alternative to leggings in the warmer months of the year and even well into autumn and early in spring.
I found that they are so versatile you can style them in so many ways. They really are an essential for a style lovers wardrobe.
My pair of shorts is from my favourite British high street brand, All Saints.
My top four ways to style cycle shorts
Oversized and vintage t-shirts
Keep it casual and relaxed – the shorts look especially good with an oversized tee that you can tuck in at the front or just want to leave it out. I have a couple of t-shirts that are long enough to wear as a dress and they are my go to ones for this outfit. Finish the outfit off with some oversized black sunglasses, and combat boots or chunky trainers.
Raise the barrier to make them smarter with a blazer for ultimate effortless chic style. Two ways to wear with a blazer are open with a nice top underneath, or alternatively open or closed with your favourite black bra. Finish the outfit off with some healed boots or shoes. Sandals are also a great option. Alternatively you could make this outfit more casual with trainers or combat boots. For me in summertime this means wearing my Balenciaga ankle boots with them.
Shirt – anyway you like
For an option that keeps them between smart and casual wear the shorts with a classic white shirt. For something a bit longer that covers your bum an oversized shirt or blouse. Both options gives you an easy and ready to go outfit for a smart-casual dress code.
Like with my leggings I wear in winter the cycling shorts look fabulous with a big chunky knit. You can wear them with some knee high boots for that ultimate casual but chic autumn and winter look. Again I would wear them with a pair of oversized black sunnies.
Here are some of my favourite outfits that others have styled (all images via Pinterest):
I would love to hear your views on cycling shorts and how you style them.
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Love Abbey xxx