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4 Ways to Wear Black Cycling Shorts

by Chloe Wilshere, Content Creator

When cycling shorts first came into the spotlight a few years back, we definitely all wrote them off as a Kardashian-fueledtrend that we would never get on board with. But, a few years and one lockdown later, our love for comfort dressing has grown and it’s hard to wriggle our legs out of our beloved cycling shorts.

So, whether you love them or hate them, there’s no denying the fact that they’ve become a wardrobe staple and the best comfy alternative to our go-to joggers. But if there’s one thing for sure, it’s that cycling shorts aren’t always the easiest piece to style – that is, unless you’re wearing them around the house with an oversized jumper that swallows you whole.

​​​​​​​If you love your cycling shorts but are looking for new cycling shorts outfits that are acceptable to wear outside of the house then you’re in luck as we’ve rounded up 4 outfits to show you what to wear with cycling shorts that you’re sure to love.

1. Keep it Comfy like @indiaamoon in a Colourful Sweatshirt and Blazer

If you thought it was unacceptable to leave the house in your cycling shorts and sweatshirt-that-swallows-you-whole combination then think again, as India proves you can do exactly that.

​​​​​​​Steal India’s style by opting for an oversized pop-of-colour sweatshirt to instantly elevate and brighten your look;then simply throw a blazer over the top to turn your stay-at-home uniform into one that’s totally acceptable and fashionable to leave the house wearing (without scrimping on that all-important comfort).

2. Morning Coffee Run Ready with @kirstyeelizabeth in a Cropped Top and Oversized Shirt

If you ever find yourself questioning what tops to wear with cycling shorts, the answer really is…any - as Kirsty proves to us. Tackle the morning coffee run by taking inspiration from Kirsty and pairing your black cycling shorts with a cropped corset-style top and throwing a pop-of-colour oversized shirt on to finish. The perfect look to give you that ‘she works out’ allure minus the workout, who doesn’t want that?!

3. Go Off-Duty-Model Cool with @emmajanementeath in a Denim Jacket

If you’re looking to go incognito and channel your inner off-duty model, then you’ll want to take a leaf out of Emma’s book and style up your black cycling shorts with a blue boxy denim jacket, a black cap, 90s-esque shades and the all-important 90s model shoulder bag.

​​​​​​​Whether it’s to hide your tired eyes or you simply don’t want to be spotted by anyone (we’ve all been there) then this look, with the addition of that all-important face covering, is sure to get you in and out the shops without being spotted by anyone you know whilst still channelling your inner off-duty model.

4. Dress Them Up – Minus the Dress Up with @chloewilshere

The thing we love most about cycling shorts is that they’re easy to give a ‘dressed up’ look without having to reallydress up. And whilst we’ve spent pretty much the whole year confined to our joggers and jumpers, we have to admit that we don’t really enjoy getting dressed up to go out in uncomfortable clothing all the time anymore.

​​​​​​​So, the beloved cycling short is the perfect option for hitting a few bars but still being in optimal-comfort mode. So, for heading out out, pair your black cycling shorts with a white oversized puff sleeve shirt, a 90s shoulder bag and - if opting for comfort - stick to some chunky biker boots or take the look up a level and pair it with some strappy heels.