On your bike – The DA Guide to Bike Shorts

Bike shorts are having a moment and these Aussie labels are leading the peloton.

80’s Princess Diana and 2019 Hailey Bieber in bike shorts

From 80’s Princess Diana-inspired outfits, to countless international runways (try Fendi, Jacquemus, Acne and Robertto Cavalli) to activewear activists, to Hailey Bieber – bike shorts are officially back.

Real talk – they can be a wee bit tricky to pull off anywhere other than the gym -but, we ask you, what is fashion without a little YOLO? Not too long ago head-to-toe activewear was met with this same sense of peril, so DA took it upon ourselves to troubleshoot this lewk. We’ve compiled some of the best bike-shorts in OZ –  so you can navigate the trend in leg-baring ease!

The key to this tricky trend is threefold :

  • Choose the correct sizing for comfort (length and thickness of fabric is important to feel cosy)
  • Balance the tight bottom half with oversized tops, sweaters and jackets by day, By night balance with longer well tailored blazers and heels for a real statement 
  • Last – but by no means least – Say it with us – C.O.N.F.I.D.E.N.C.E. Rock it, you got this.

PE Nation – We here at DA are huge fans of the comfortable-cool that the activewear provides. As soon as we slip on their edgy wares we feel ready to tackle the world (or at the very least the full Bondi to Coogee coast walk). The PE team have some great styles in their range now and are dropping a fierce new collection just in time for spring. These booty-boosting wares are just screaming sunshine and sass – bring on the zebra print Miami vibes! Add a t-back singlet, slick sunnies and a breezy shirt for day then switch gears with a BF jacket and boots for date night at the bar. Meow.
Just be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the new drop, cause these babies are sure to sell out lightning fast.
For more on PE Nations Conscious Collection see here

Nagnata was created by Australian fashion designer, stylist and creative director Laura Ma and her sister Hannah, a textile artist and photographer. Their entire collection is carefully considered for their customers and their bike shorts are as covetable as they are comfortable. The fine gauge circular knit fabrication is designed exclusively by Nagnata and features a textural two-tone rib construction designed to hug the body like a second skin. Working back with an oversized chunky cardigan, shirt or knit for the coffee run or a sharp blazer and heels at night, they will work as hard for your flexi-wardrobe as they will on the yoga mat.

Meshki have every type of material and on-trend colour-way you could hope for of their bike shorts and bonus – they have the crops, sweats, hoodies, roll necks tanks and tees to match. They have multiple size, cut and length options so any body type will be sure to find their fit. Their matching luxe and knit ribbed sets are ideal for lazy Sunday brunch with the girls or date night with a slick of lippy, chunky boots and some bling. We are drooling over the cosy Meshki Ella shorts and crop… an indoors rainy-day dream. Just add a fresh cup of coffee and a good book. *turns phone on sleep mode*

With this plethora of options, this style seriously has legs ~ba dum tss~ 
Can confirm – This writer has taken it to the streets and worn hers to a gallery opening, workouts, the beach, coffee runs and even an engagement party with a blazer and heels.
Now if you actually wanted to ride a bike in these, then go forth by all means! All we ask is that if you are vibing it, give it a red hot go.
We double dare you.

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About the author

A Sydney-sider born and bred and a self confessed coffee addict, Gin has a taste for bold red wines and fresh Japanese. A drive to experience all manner of cuisines this planet has to offer she is currently planning her next trip to (fingers crossed) Morocco. She prefers her puns intended and her Beyonce loud.


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