I Finally Gave in to the Biker-Shorts Trend and Found 11 Cool Ways to Style Them

There are plenty of summer trends that I jumped on immediately this year: tie-dye everything, ribbed tank tops, and chunky "tourist" sandals to name a few. Biker shorts were not on that list. But after seeing celebs wear the comfy shorts style over and over again, I finally decided to give them a try.

To be clear, I previously owned one pair of biker shorts that I strictly wore with a sports bra and exercise sneakers for workouts. They never saw the light of day though, and they definitely never became a part of an outfit that didn't involve activewear. Flash forward to today, and I can't get enough of the style. They're undoubtedly practical for my current work-from-home lifestyle but are also so easy to turn into tons of cool, effortless outfits, like these 11, for example…

Colorful bike shorts

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@aude_julie

I've been seeing so many incredible shades of yellow this season, and these sunny biker shorts are no exception. I like this simple styling with the one-shoulder black top and chunky gold necklace. It says, "I could work out in this outfit, but I probably won't."

White ribbed top and shorts

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@cassdimicco

As I mentioned before, ribbed tanks are a trend I instantly incorporated into my summer wardrobe, so I can't wait to re-create this outfit. The addition of the button-down is key for making this feel more like an outfit and less like pajamas.

Biker shorts outfit

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@aysha.sow

This off-duty look is perfect for anyone wanting to ease into the trend. Plus, oversize T-shirts and chunky workout sneakers are always fashion-girl favorites.

This is a perfect example of how to style printed biker shorts, which I'm seeing more and more brands create. Sticking to one color palette really works here.

Biker shorts cardigan outfit

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@nnennaechem

If neutral outfits are not your thing, then maybe this bright knit and leopard shorts look will pique your interest. It definitely piqued mine.

Blazer and shorts outfit

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@gabifresh

Mixing different shades of pink is a great way to test-drive the tonal trend. I can't way to try out this styling idea. 

My coworker Nicole, pictured here, has the best style that often leans more classic than trendy. I was a little surprised to see she's a biker-shorts fan but less so after seeing her insanely chic styling (those shoes! that jacket!). No further questions.

Checkered blazer outfit

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@vbiancav

I swear checkered blazers make any outfit infinitely more polished. I sincerely hope they never go out of style because I plan to recreate this polished-yet-casual look over and over.

An outfit that makes a serious case for monochromatic dressing. This is also just a really cheerful color palette, so there's that.

Pairing any form of athletic wear with heels might feel dramatic, but it's this exact detail that makes this biker-shorts outfit work (aka not feel like loungewear).

vacation outfit

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@annasarlvit

I love that inserting denim shorts into this outfit would be just as cute but twice as expected. The biker shorts really feel fresh here. Now if I could only wear this outfit on vacation instead of at home…

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