Despite my legs having to see the light of day, I’m very pumped it’s warm enough to sport biker shorts from the morning on now. I’ll make sure to keep lathering up on my favorite self-tanner in the meantime – don’t want to accidentally blind anyone with the bright paleness now that my lower half, below the knee, is starting to come out of hibernation.
I’ve put together two easy looks featuring biker shorts – outside of the gym environment – that I find myself wearing some version of most often. But like anything that hugs the body, it can be difficult to find the perfect pair that 1) hits in all the right places (i.e. above the belly button), 2) stays in place (doesn’t ride up or down), and most importantly 3) covers the camel. IYKYK.
Out of the many pairs of biker shorts I’ve worn/tried, I’m only linking to the ones I’ve personally found to be wonderful garments that meet the three criteria points mentioned above. You’re welcome in advance.
LONG, CROPPED & OVERSIZED
If you’re searching for an effortless, on-the-go approach that you’d secretly love if someone complimented you in, then this might be the fit you’re looking for. I love repurposing items in my wardrobe I’d never consider pairing with activewear – like a layering crop tank or an oversized button-down that moonlights as a beach coverup when not tucked into jeans. You never know how well they’ll fair together unless you try them out.
Long biker shorts are a great way to manage that fear of having to adjust any sort of riding up behavior most biker shorts are guilty of. I’ve found this pair to be the perfect high-waisted pair that hugs my body while hitting at the right spot on my thigh – because that can be another issue of fit I forgot to mention earlier. There’s nothing worse than feeling like your legs are in sausage casings or appear as unshapely stumps in the mirror, depending on where the hemline ends.
When accessorizing, I prefer to keep it on theme with the on-the-go nature of this particular outfit. Hair up but try a retro claw-clip instead of messy bun. Sneakers but a street style hightop pair, not something you’d wear to the gym. And a mini backpack to carry your essentials for quick errands, like your wallet and keys.
SPORTY SHORTS & A HOODIE
With a shorter pair you run the chance of ride-up and camel show, but I haven’t found that to be the case with this particular pair from Fabletics. However, I still prefer to maximize coverage if possible. Which is why I gravitate towards oversized shirts or larger hoodies that hit mid-butt or a little past it. Of course, flaunt it if you got it! I sometimes feel like a cutie with a bootie worth showing off outside the house, but I don’t crave that sort of attention running around my small town where the local coffee shop Barista knows my name but I still don’t know his…lol. But if I were still in NYC, without a doubt would I show it off! Funny how big cities enable such confidence.
Nonetheless, I find this look more relaxed than the former but just as easy to execute – perhaps maybe easier. Because we all definitely still have that oversized hoodie or t-shirt, not originally ours but we’ve claimed as our own, in our closets. Same as before – opt for a smaller bag that holds the essentials, not everything you’d need for an all-day affair; a pair of sneaks that you wouldn’t wear to the gym but are comfy-sporty enough to work with the vibe. And if you don’t feel like doing your hair, like even brushing it, a baseball cap always works.