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Bike Shorts SS18


Unless you are an avid fitness enthusiast, you will probably question why we are pioneering this athletic trend amid the chilliest of winter months. But in reality, this is a trend that sprinted to our attention amid the excitement of the Spring/Summer 2018 collections that allegedly was initially seen sported by fashionista Kim Kardashian-West herself.

This is fashion though, which suggests it isn’t all focused on practicality and more so on adapting the trend into a fashionable feature that can be amalgamated into day and evening looks. With the exception of Fenty Puma, whose collection is indicative of authentic and athletic dressing in general, an army of designers championed bike shorts in a whole host of alternative, awe-inspiring styles that alluringly juxtaposed fashion with an element of fitness.

Bike shorts arrived as part of an evening bodysuit at Saint Laurent, where glamorous black laced leotards acted as a beautiful base that made way for an exaggerated puffball skirt.

Other additions lent more towards day dressing attires, such as bike shorts being layered underneath a grey woollen tailored jacket at Dion Lee. Nina Ricci channelled a smart/casual look, incorporating biker shorts with chic tonal dressing via a sheer blouse and a duster coat. On the other hand, the same designer showcased a darker side to bike shorts with a black on black sartorial that featured the trend with an exaggerated shoulder coat, buttoned-up shirt and hat to compliment.

Dolce & Gabbana ushered in a tribal-esque zeitgeist, styling the staple cycling shorts with an African infusion through an overtly vibrant and structural top and large hat, bringing versatility and a sense of adventure to the essentially athletic based trend.

By Kate Farley

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