Biker shorts cycled their way through the '80s and '90s, then disappeared. Their modern comeback was a sensation—one that was even embraced on the Chanel runways in 2019. Today, trendsetting celebs, models, and street-style stars continue to make the case for spandex outside of the gym. This trend can be a polarizing one, but much like a tank or a tee, a good pair of biker shorts can be used as a multifaceted base layer. In SHORT: they're whatever you want them to be.
Even biker shorts naysayers can't argue with their comfort and versatility. Dress them up with a blazer and a fab kitten heel, or pair them down with a dependable sneaker and your favorite graphic tee. Ahead, we've got 16 looks that will inspire you to finally take biker shorts out for a spin.
ZARA Cream Biker Shorts
Cream biker shorts?! Yes please. Style them with a longer top or tunic dress, and double-check that they're not see-through (this pair are not).
Balenciaga Oversized Printed Cotton-Jersey T-shirt
Cat-loving fashionistas, this oversized graphic tee is meowing your name.
& Other Stories Lace-Up Leather Boots
Add a bit of edge to any biker short ensemble with this lace-up leather and track sole ankle boot.
Sea Ruffle Overlay Denim Jacket
You probably own one (or two, or three) jean jackets already. This season, consider investing in an iteration that boasts a little added oomph.
Isabel Marant Isabel Marant Crossbody Bag
A practical hands-free bag for a day on the go.
Button-Downs & Bikers
Year of Ours Rib Knit Biker Short
The stretch, rib-knit fabric is so comfy, you'll barely feel these at all.
Helmut Lang Open-back Cotton-Poplin Shirt
Open-back tailoring sets this apart from other button-downs.
Stuart Weitzman Over-The-Knee Boots
Offset a tiny bottom with a knee-high boot. This version is surprisingly lightweight with a durable rubber sole.
Tory Burch Lee Radzwill Small Bag
This petite top handle bag is just as stylish as its namesake.
Bottega Veneta Hexagon Frame Gold Sunglasses
Round out a sophisticated outfit with these sleek gold-frame sunnies.
A2Y Ribbed Biker Shorts
Good news: These seamless biker shorts comes in 12 different colorways.
Ansea The Anorak Jacket
This water-repellant jacket checks our boxes for fashion and function.
AMI Paris Ami De Coeur Denim Baseball Cap
Ace your look with this light denim baseball hat.
Brother Vellies Nylon Shoulder Bag
This nylon shoulder strap bag is just the right size for day or evening.
Chanel Suede Calfskin & Nylon
Staying comfy doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style. Case in point: these Chanel sneakers.
It's Business Time
ZARA Metal Button Blazer
A structured blazer will instantly elevate any look.
Catbird NYC Yellow Gold Hoop
Wear these as singles or invest in a full pair.
Bottega Veneta The Pouch Clutch
Keep this day clutch stocked with the essentials for a chic grab-and-go option.
Aerie Ribbed Biker Shorts
These navy bikers have UV protection and sweat wicking properties, so you can wear them to work out or go out out.