There are a few fashion items that are particularly divisive in the fashion scene. (Think: crocs, micro-wallets, or even the thought of wearing socks with sandals.) But there are some pieces that manage to make a resurgence so powerful it’s impossible to deny their staying power – and bike shorts are one of them.
The polarizing athleisure trend first caused a sensation in the 90s with a Miss Princess Diana, and after a two-decade break, bike shorts are not only back in the trend cycle: They are a true wardrobe staple for almost every woman, regardless of whether you are into Go to the gym or not.
“They’ve held up as a trend for so long because they’re not only comfortable, but also easy to style in a variety of ways,” says influencer and freelance marketing consultant Stephanie Arant, whose audience knows her as @shhtephs. “You really look good on everyone.” Arant is no stranger to incorporating style into her everyday wardrobe: “One of my favorite ways to wear cycling shorts is with an oversized button-down, usually a printed one, and a cropped tank underneath,” she says. “I choose the more ‘resort’ style.”
Stylist Rachel Nosco, who describes the trend as “versatile,” says she is always finding new ways to style cycling shorts for everyday wear. “We all love the combination of bike shorts and blazers, but recently I’ve been changing them up and wearing them with a frilled blouse and some chunky sandals!”
For those who are looking for more function than style, bike shorts are a great alternative to leggings in summer, especially when it’s too hot for pants and you might want to avoid chafing under clothes and skirts. “I love Zella bike shorts, the Nordstrom brand,” says Kristina Zias, a Los Angeles-based style expert. “They are so fat and have pockets!”
Either way, cycling shorts aren’t just back – they’re here to stay. Ahead, 23 pairs of top notch bike shorts that have near-perfect ratings (and the co-branded Arant, Nosco or Zias).
CRZ yoga biker shorts with a high waist
CRZ Yoga does one of our most popular Lululemon lookalikes, and these are no different in excellence as they feature a 6 inch inseam and pockets on either side. With reviewers specifically pointing out how much they feel like Lululemon (but at a quarter the price), the cute prints make them even more irresistible.
Colorfulkoala high waist biker shorts
Another Lululemon doppelganger we love? These Colorfulkoala bike shorts. With pockets, a high waist, a 15-inch inseam, and a wide range of colors and patterns, its budget-friendly price is the icing on the cake.
Aoliks high waist yoga shorts for women
These top-rated bike shorts are Amazon’s best-selling pair – and with 3,100+ 4 and 5 star reviews, it’s not hard to see why. One reviewer calls them “super soft” and “the perfect length” because they are slightly longer than most models and reach just above the knee.
Good American Essentials The Icon Bike Shorts
Good American’s bike shorts boast only 5-star ratings, one of which praises their good fit: “I wore them for intense cycling and just on the go, and they literally don’t budge. They are super high waisted, which creates a really nice hold. Also love the matte black color – not glossy or transparent at all. Just perfect!”
Baleaf women’s 8-inch / 5-inch high-waist biker shorts
These prime-enabled biker shorts have over 30,000 5-star ratings. One reviewer praised her ability to stop thigh chafing: “I didn’t buy these shorts to work out, but for the sole reason to wear them under clothes to keep the dreaded chub chafing at bay,” she writes. “That’s what they did their job for! The shorts are soft and very stretchy, and as an added bonus, they helped keep my stomach locked up and protected my thick thighs from chafing under the dress. ”
Beyond Yoga All for Run Space-Dye Short
These subtly patterned bike shorts are among the top ratings on Urban Outfitters. One reviewer even says she’s obsessed with them: “I’ve been wearing them all the time since they came in the mail! They are so soft, perfectly high waisted and … they make your legs and butt look SO GOOD! I will definitely buy more from Beyond Yoga in the future !! ” Talk about a glowing review.
Anine Bing Blake biker shorts
These are undoubtedly Nosco’s favorite couple: “Material and fit are so beautiful!”
JOYSPELS biker shorts for women with pockets
There’s not a single bad review on Joyspel’s $ 2 8-inch bike shorts, which come in nine colors and patterns from XS to XXL. Plus bags!
Halle Berry x Sweaty Betty Jinx Power Bike Shorts
These first-class printed shorts are available in XXS to XXL and have a high-waisted compression band and a side pocket for more comfort.
Lett Madrid biker shorts
Arant says this is her most worn pair because they “have a nice rib and hit perfectly at both the waist and leg.”
Persit women’s high-waisted yoga shorts with print and 2 hidden pockets
These bestselling biker shorts have two pockets, a high rise and four-way stretch for high wearing comfort. Almost 10,000 reviewers agree: they are worth their money.
Splits59 high-waisted airweight shorts
“These are by far the best biker shorts I’ve ever tried on. From the super flattering fit to the silky soft material, they’re 10/10! ”Says one reviewer. Another 5-star review says they are true to size and “so comfortable”.
Alo yoga high waist biker shorts
These bike shorts are a cult favorite for a myriad of reasons, but let the 600+ 5-star ratings give you away: One calls them “the only bike shorts” available for sale and another raves of “comfortable and flattering”. [they are] for yoga and other activities. I live in shorts in the summer months and these are my favorite shorts for my daily practice! The fit and feel are dynamic and fit perfectly. ”
Nike One mid-waist shorts
These plus-size bike shorts are top-notch thanks to their moisture-wicking Dri-Fit technology, hidden pockets and overall comfort.
Onzie high-waisted bike shorts
Suitable for everything from hiking to yoga, these bike shorts are made from lightweight jersey with four-way stretch.
Electric & Rose Cali Tie-Dye Bike Short
“The quality of these shorts is amazing,” says one reviewer of these pink bike shorts. “They are so elastic and flatter my curves. The color looks amazing. These are the perfect shorts for training or dressing up. ”
Nike Yoga Luxe cycling shorts
These Nike shorts come in a fun orange color and the material, according to reviewers, is super soft and comfortable. “I think it’s great that there is no seam on the thighs, so it’s very comfortable and flattering – no cutting into the thighs!” One writes.
Hot Lava lace-up cycling shorts
Available in sizes XS to XL, these bike shorts with laces are also popular with reviewers.
Girlfriend Collective high-waisted compression cycling shorts
Editors and influencers keep raving about how soft and comfortable the leggings and biker shorts from Girlfriend Collective are.
Beyond Yoga Love the Bump bike shorts for maternity wear
These premium maternity cycling shorts have rave reviews from customers who describe this pair as “super soft and comfortable” and “perfect all round”.
Zella Live In high-waisted bike shorts
One of Zias’ favorites, these top-rated cycling shorts also has over 150 5-star reviews.
Lululemon Align Short 6-inch
“These have a super high rise, which I love, and different leg lengths, which is great depending on how tall you are and how short you want them to be,” says Zias. “They also go up to size 20.”
Hanes women’s stretch jersey cycling shorts
If you’re looking for cycling shorts that are more comfortable than compression socks, this top-rated pair from Hanes is for you. They are made of 90% cotton and 10% elastane for a super soft feel.
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