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How to Avoid Fashion Faux Pas When Hopping On The Cycling Shorts Trend, According To Metro Editors

Trends come and go, and the day has finally come. With the rise of athleisure and the comeback of signature ‘80s fashion pieces (Hoop earrings! Off-shoulders! Oversized blazers!), the return of the ‘cycling shorts’ was somehow expected. Still, a part of us was in shock—who would have thought that cycling shorts (yes, those ultra tight, skin-like, and almost ugly shorts) would see the light of day once again?



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Also known as ‘biker shorts’, this trendy piece has been worn by several influential women. In fact, Princess Diana and Kim Kardashian top the list of celebrities who’ve made this look iconic! Whether you like it or hate it, fashion houses Tommy Hilfiger, Alexander Wang, Dolce & Gabbana, and Off-White have also hopped on this highly unusual trend, once again proving that cycling shorts are here to stay. At least for a while longer.


Tommy Hilfiger


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Alexander Wang


Dolce & Gabbana


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If you’ve decided to take a wardrobe risk and start wearing this trend, but you’re afraid of committing a fashion faux pas, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered! We asked our very own Metro Magazine Executive Editor Kat Cruz-Villanueva and Fashion Editor Randz Manucom for tips to confidently style this ultra trendy piece. Keep scrolling!

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Kat Cruz-Villanueva, Metro Magazine Executive Editor

Metro.Style: What do you think of the biker shorts trend? Is it a yay or a nay?

KCV: Fashion and dressing up is always about what makes you feel happy and good about yourself. Biker shorts are a definite ‘yay’ for the confident Metro Woman who can rock this trend.

MS: What are your style tips on wearing this trend to the office or a night out?

KCV: Balance is key. Choose a long, boxy top to pair with your biker shorts to balance out its second-skin attribute. If you want to be a bit more risque and opt to pair it with a midriff or form fitting top, add a loose cover up or jacket.

MS: What are dos and don’ts when wearing this trend?

KCV: Choose your undergarment wisely! Pantylines and camel toes are never in season.



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Randz Manucom, Metro Magazine Fashion Editor

MS: What do you think of the biker shorts trend? Is it a yay or a nay?
RM: I love athleisure! I like dressing for comfort but still looking extra put together—I feel like that's a test of true style, but I draw the line at biker shorts. There's just something that looks unfinished about it. It can guise as just black shorts, but if you draw back to what it really is, it's still biker shorts. I think it's a fad more than a trend.

MS: How can Metro Women pull this look off?
RM: There is always a way around it—if you really want to push it, wear it with a super chic black blazer, heels, and a statement bag. Go glam and dress up! Play it up and make it appear as [casual] shorts—please, don't make it look like actual biker shorts, we're not going biking here.




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Photo credits: 1—@itscamilleco, 2—@thassianaves, 3—@christinecentenera, 4—@black_palms, 5—@mrs__ju, 6—@barborabruskova


Lead photos via @romeosfashionfix, @off____white, and @brittanyxavier