Bike shorts are here to stay! Here’s a chic way to wear them

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Bike shorts, they’re cyclical! The trend came back around (hehe) last Spring, thanks to street style stars like Hailey Bieber channeling Princess Diana (the reigning royalty of the trend) and Emily Ratajkowski. I thought the fad would fade out fast. Summer fashion month has proven that bike shorts are here to stay.

I finally caved and bought a black cotton pair this spring, not realizing how high fashion they would turn out to be. At both the Balmain and Chanel haute couture “shows” a couple weeks ago, models dawned the cycling cut with structured jackets. I was particularly drawn to a crisp white ‘80s blazer a model wore while Balmain whisked us away on the Seine for a presentation via TikTok. The jacket had this reversed tuxedo look with shoulder pads that reminded me of a similar cream jacket from my mother’s glory days.

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Longtime chicsters know that my mother’s ‘80s and ‘90s treasures pepper my wardrobe (examples here, here and here). This one with a bejeweled button and similar crop is a reminder of how trends reincarnate. My mother’s dressy outerwear that once belonged to a suit that she almost wore to her engagement party in the ‘90s (here’s what she actually wore and then I wore) is now considered couture! Not that I’m partial or anything, but I actually think it’s even cuter than the Balmain one, with its double-breasted beading.

Since it’s oversized and such a statement piece on its own, calls for a monochrome pairing underneath. In the similar fashion as Balmain (although, this TikTok timestamp will show that I actually put this look together before the Balmain couture presentation), I wore plain bike shorts underneath and a basic black camisole. The look is balanced: the jacket doesn’t feel as overwhelming, while the bike shorts feel less like activewear, more like couture.

Especially during this pandemic where comfort is more of the priority, it’s no wonder that cycling shorts have come back around.

What are some trends you’re hoping to try this summer?

Keeping it Krischic,

Kristin Vartan

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