Bike shorts have been around long before the Kardashians trended them. Treading the line between fashion and sports has categorised the shorts under athleisure, but recently they’ve been adopted as a fashion staple by many. Before becoming a comfortable fashion necessity, bike shorts are for bike-riding with comfort in mind — high-waisted shorts that end at mid-thigh, explicitly designed to prevent friction burns from constant motion.
Bike shorts are a great alternative to leggings. Trendy and functional, bike shorts are made out of compression fabric which follows your movement, hence enhancing comfort. Apart from that, the optimal length these bike shorts end at means no inner-thigh chafing, rendering them perfect for high-intensity workouts or a stroll.
The key to looking good in these shorts is to opt for one with some length, and it’ll make shoe selection a lot easier. These shorts can pair with sneakers and a crop top for lazy days, and heeled sandals and an oversized blazer on top for dressier days. Depending on your look and activity, you can either dress them up or down, making bike sports an absolute necessity in every modern girl’s wardrobe.
The ten listed shorts below are perfect for either lounging out or working out. We sought out quality bike shorts at competitive price points to suit different budgets.
Active Core Bike Short from Cotton On (S$19.99)
These affordably priced bike shorts are designed with a skinny fit that hugs the body firmly. With a high rise waistline and mid-thigh length, it provides a flattering fit. This particular pair is even moisture-wicking, so if you ever decide to bring these shorts out for a ride or run, they will rise to the occasion and perform, keeping you cool and dry.
White Biker Shorts from Kydra (S$62)
Designed at the perfect length- not too long but not too short either. This pair of bike shorts hits that sweet spot for length, and it is the ideal use for a spin class, yoga, and any other exercise you’d like to do.
Seamless Cycling Shorts from H&M (S$19.95)
This pair is high waisted and made out of fast-drying functional fabric. It is also designed with the minimum number of seams for a better fit and increased mobility. Available in two colours: light grey marl or dark grey marl.
High-Waist Biker Short from aloyoga ($56USD)
Aloyoga’s bike shorts are something else: not only are they perfectly designed to be fitted and high waisted, but they also lift and sculpt the body that the shorts are on, equipped with moisture-wicking technology and a 4-way stretch that moves with you. Available in seven colours, this pair of shorts is perfect for those seeking to use their shorts for an outdoor adventure, or just as a fashion-forward piece.
Nike Running Fast 7″ Shorts from JD Sports (S$55)
Nike’s Running Fast 7” Shorts cut off at a flattering length and has a high waisted, elasticated waistband for custom comfort. These shorts are fabricated from smooth poly fabric and wick away moisture utilising Nike’s Dri-FIT tech, making it perfect for sweaty workouts. They also come with pockets to hold your essentials. It’s also in a fun sapphire colour for those looking to inject some colour into their wardrobe.
Lululemon Wunder Train High Rise Short 8″ from Lululemon ($58USD)
Lululemon’s 8” shorts are manufactured with Everlux, their fastest-drying fabric which keeps you dry and comfortable, even throughout the toughest exercises. These shorts are designed for training, are a high-rise pair and 8 inches long, a suitable length. They also come equipped with waistband pockets to hold your key or card.
Girlfriend Collective High Rise Bike Short from NET-A-PORTER (S$55)
Available in four colours, these bike shorts are stretchy, high-waisted, and end mid-thigh. For the fashion-forward and athletic, these shorts provide a sculpting and supportive fit, while being stretchy enough to facilitate movement. Another plus point is that these shorts are made from recycled fabric blended with plenty of stretch, making it an environmentally friendly, comfortable option.
The TechSweat Flex Shorts are made out of breathable, lightweight TechSweat fabric, with a soft, flexible waistband and a mid-rise fit, ending slightly below the belly button. This particular pair ends slightly above mid-thigh, allowing for mobility and flexibility. Moisture-wicking and with a hidden pocket sewn in the mid-rise waistband, these shorts are comfortable, breathable, and are perfect for daily wear or for working out.
Women’s HeatGear Armour Bike Shorts from Under Armour (S$49)
Under Armour’s bike shorts are moisture-wicking and quick-drying, providing a compression ultra-tight fit. It has 4-way stretch construction, which allows the fabric to move with you. These shorts are suited for those who exercise often and require a durable pair, as it is made with anti-odour technology and ergonomic flatlock seams to prevent chafing.
Alexa Bike Short from Lorna Jane (S$83.99)
Lorna Jane’s Alexa bike shorts are moisture-wicking and made out of LJ’s active fabric. These shorts are suitable for gym, interval training or high-impact cardio usage, making it a stylish pair of shorts to wear to the gym or HIIT class.