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.
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).
Cat-loving fashionistas, this oversized graphic tee is meowing your name.
Add a bit of edge to any biker short ensemble with this lace-up leather and track sole ankle boot.
You probably own one (or two, or three) jean jackets already. This season, consider investing in an iteration that boasts a little added oomph.
A practical hands-free bag for a day on the go.
The stretch, rib-knit fabric is so comfy, you'll barely feel these at all.
Open-back tailoring sets this apart from other button-downs.
Offset a tiny bottom with a knee-high boot. This version is surprisingly lightweight with a durable rubber sole.
This petite top handle bag is just as stylish as its namesake.
Round out a sophisticated outfit with these sleek gold-frame sunnies.
Good news: These seamless biker shorts comes in 12 different colorways.
This water-repellant jacket checks our boxes for fashion and function.
Ace your look with this light denim baseball hat.
This nylon shoulder strap bag is just the right size for day or evening.
Staying comfy doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style. Case in point: these Chanel sneakers.
A structured blazer will instantly elevate any look.
Wear these as singles or invest in a full pair.
Keep this day clutch stocked with the essentials for a chic grab-and-go option.
These navy bikers have UV protection and sweat wicking properties, so you can wear them to work out or go out out.
This chunky chain-link necklace pairs with just about anything.
These are your new dependable ballet flats.
This sweater gives off vintage appeal. It's crafted from cashmere made in a 150-year-old mill.
These sleek biker shorts are the perfect pairing for a slightly cropped sweater or a half-tucked in rugby shirt.
These lightweight, fully cushioned sneakers look cool, but are technical enough to log some real mileage.
Tote this woven straw bag around the city or use it as a classic beach accessory.