Where Bike Gear and Fashion Intersect

Though my college days are behind me, one of my favorite fashion sites (along with academichic, of course!) is CollegeFashion. Working in publishing has me on something resembling a college clothing budget, so I appreciate the list of sales and discounts they post every Friday. And though some of the trends they highlight are not appropriate for my age or location (something tells me the exposed bra thing is not going to be big down here) it can be inspiring.

All this is to say that today’s “Would you wear . . .?” question focused on none other than bike shorts. Yes folks, along with fluorescents, hammer pants and Doc Martens, this scourge of the late 80s appears to have returned. This time around they’re paired with denim, especially under jean shorts as shown in the pic below (nabbed from CollegeFashion).

08.12bikeshortsI have to say, I like the middle look, with the lace shorts and long top. Seems like it would be both practical and stylish for a weekend ride, though I’m not sure how flattering it would be on my particular shape. What say you, female readers? Would you wear?

  • http://cyclingisgoodforyou.blogspot.com anna

    I guess I would give it a try in my leisure time :-). Prefer the middle look too, the handbag contributes to the style.

  • Melissa Hope S

    I guess I would try it. It would help the sweat-through.

  • http://letsgorideabike.wordpress.com dottie

    These looks are cute enough in the pictures, but I would look like a fashion victim, I’m sure. I’m trying to imagine how I could dress up my real (i.e. padded) bike shorts for a long and stylish ride … it’s just not working. Something about the padding and the wool doesn’t seem to go with a torn rock show t-shirt and jean jacket :)

    One look I have seen with bike shorts (on a bike) that I absolutely loved was a girl on the bike path with a super short summer dress and bike shorts underneath, so you could always see the bike shorts. Way cute and a solution to the dress-too-short problem.

  • http://wendyandgabe@gmail.com Wendy

    Nooooooo! They are awful. I don’t think the models with perfect bods are pulling these off very well.

  • http://www.pedalandcoast.blogspot.com Sox

    I pull baggy shorts over my rowing shorts (much like bike shorts) when I am off the water but I won’t actually go anywhere dressed like that.

    I can’t see this trend lasting long.

  • http://lovelybike.blogspot.com Lovely Bicycle!

    If by “bike shorts” they mean black stretch shorts, then it can work on some body types, particularly on women with long slender legs. But for goodness sake, don’t wear actual chamois bike shorts after your ride is over unless you are yearning for an infection down there!

    • http://letsgorideabike.wordpress.com dottie

      lol. Good point!

  • http://www.bikeskirt.com Elisa M

    i think that these trends may be for the under 25 crowd…of which I am not a part. i will admit that I do wear a much too short denim mini with cycling shorts underneath when working at the bike shop.

    and I feel like a poser the whole time!

    • http://suburbanbikemama.blogspot.com/ Mamavee

      and I feel like a Senior Citizen compared to you. You are so not a poser! go for it- show those legs!

  • http://suburbanbikemama.blogspot.com/ Mamavee

    being that I did the 80′s lace leggins with denim shorts look the first time- I gotta say- nope nada nipso. the middle look does look ok on her- but I think fashion victim for most people.

    I like leggins rather than shorts for my 80′s throw back…

  • http://www.lorenzacasini.wordpress.com Lorenza

    Hello!! Thank you for popping by my blog, it’s lovely to read your comment :) about fashion… well I ride in my normal clothes, but I do get paranoid about flashing people by wearing skirts or dresses, so if I am wearing a dress I found the leggings do really well :) in winter tights are the best thing! Then I ride in my skirts all the time, it’s also better when it rains as you don’t end up with soggy jeans clinging on to you all day long ;)

    I am just learning to enjoy riding in heels :) L xxx