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Bike Shorts – The Scourge/Trend of 2016

Oh NOOOOO.  Bike shorts are apparently back. This may not be a surprise to some of my favourite bloggers (check out the award-winning The Drunken Cyclist and his fantastic Ohmygod series for some serious belly laughs), but it’s news to me…or is it?

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How about a “bike suit”? Can I just say that this is the best movie ever?
For the past few months, I’ve been seeing some questionable bike shorts fashion gracing the pages of fashion magazines and tabloidy websites. The likes of Kim Kardashian have been donning this particularly upsetting style lately, and this fashion virus is spreading to others…quickly.

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Rihanna in her “disasterpiece” of a bike shorts ensemble. If she weren’t so hot, I’d slap her.
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Oh stop it, Miley.
“Oh yes! $780 bike shorts…the sensible choice.” (Source: www.vogue.com)
I can deal with bodycon styles, in fact, the look is a favourite of mine, but bikes shorts just bring back horrible memories of junior highschool and me trying to “look as cool” as a cast member from Saved By The Bell. At least back then, bike shorts were paired with oversize denim shirts, denim jackets, or chunky oversized sweaters in colours only found at Baskin Robbins. Basically, the tops covered your butt and the cycling shorts didn’t cost $780.

Clarissa Darling
Clarissa Darling…those shorts! That shirt! That headband! MY GOD.
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Nope. Nopity-nope-nope. NO. What the hell is happening in this pic anyways? If she about to go snorkelling? Is she about to go ride her bike? Is she doing weights? Are those gym high heels? Alexander Wang…you crazeh.
I’m really hoping this trend won’t take off and it will remain more in keeping with the Tour de France crowd than the local mall crowd.  The last thing we need is a $200 version you’d find at Banana Republic covered in embroidery and jewels.  Sigh.

Are you wearing bike shorts? If so, sorry. Let me know in the comments what you think of this trend? Fashion, function or effed up?

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Dominique Baker
Dominique Baker

Dominique is a Canadian-based fashion and beauty influencer with a strong voice in Ottawa’s black community. Since launching her blog Style Domination in 2015, she has amassed a global fanbase. Dominique shares her life through beautiful imagery and compelling story-telling that speaks to her fans on a personal level. She’s been featured in The Guardian, Flare, The Kit and Cityline. She also hosts events for Dress for Success, the Gem Conference, and has been named a United Way Person 2 Know for the past three years.

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    • June 6, 2016 / 11:27 am

      Hahaha! I’m with you, Jelena. Thanks for reading!

  1. June 6, 2016 / 12:58 pm

    Just one more trend to add to the ignore list 😉 I think if styled right they wouldn’t be too offensive but that won’t be easy!

    xo, alice / T Y P E N U

    • June 6, 2016 / 1:14 pm

      You’re right! There has to be something out there that would make them look good! Thanks for reading!

  2. June 6, 2016 / 1:04 pm

    The 90’s called. They want their trend back!
    I love some of the trends coming back form the 90s but this is DEFINITELY NOT one of them. For people who can rock it, go forth. But miss dancer legs for days over here is going to avoid cutting them off weirdly and just not even go there. Not even a little bit. Just no.


    • June 6, 2016 / 1:14 pm

      Hahahaha! Thanks for the great comment, Danielle! Usually, I’m pretty easy going with trends, but this one is a big, fat NO.

  3. June 6, 2016 / 1:57 pm

    I think… let me correct myself… I KNOW FOR SURE that I will give this ‘trend’ a miss… No one is waiting for me to arrive in cycle shorts… come on… if I would go out like that Kim Kardashion, I’d be the laughing stock of the whole of Europe!!! I think she looks totally ridiculous (but I may be biased as I am not at all a KK-fan so I thinks she looks ridiculous in like everything…) .
    Anyway… that was me ranting… enjoy your day Dominique 😀

  4. June 6, 2016 / 2:09 pm

    I would never in my life wear anything that Kim K. wears, the whole lot of them makes me want to hurl. Bike shorts=athletes period.

  5. June 6, 2016 / 6:51 pm

    Kim’s is the only one who styled it to a point where I would even consider wearing it. But lord, Miley’s outfit has to go far far away. But $700 for those shorts is insane. Absolutely INSANE!!! Thanks for keeping me in the loop with this coming trend!

    • June 7, 2016 / 12:15 am

      You’re welcome, Danielle! If someone pointed a gun to my head and was forcing me to choose my favourite “bike outfit”, Kim would be my pick too. Thanks for reading!

  6. June 12, 2016 / 4:45 am

    of all the horrors!!!

    • admin
      June 12, 2016 / 10:46 am


  7. June 13, 2016 / 6:56 pm

    Not a fan…I hope it quietly dies down like the birkenstock flats.

    • Dominique
      June 13, 2016 / 8:06 pm

      LOL! Me too! Thanks for reading xoxoxo

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