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    Updated on Jul 26, 2020. Posted on Jul 26, 2020

    26 Pairs Of Bike Shorts That Are Anything But Boring

    What are "pants?" There are only metallic and tie-dye bike shorts now.

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    1. A popular pair of standard compressive high-waist bike shorts with deep pockets that come in so many colors and lengths that you'll probs be coming back for a second and third pair after buying your first.,

    These have over 4,000 5-star reviews on Amazon, with reviewers mentioning the convenience of the pockets and how "squat-proof" they are. And full disclosure, I bought a pair of these a few weeks ago for at-home workouts and runs around my neighborhood, and I love them so much that I may never wear real pants again. They're just the right balance between compressive and comfy, and wash really well.

    Promising review: "Had already bought the Baleaf capris with the phone pocket and wanted to try the shorts. Can't believe how many manufacturers are ignoring active women who need a spot for their phones! So happy to discover Baleaf. The pocket fit my iPhone 7 in its case and held it firmly against my upper outer thigh so there wasn't bouncing around and I didn't get chafed. There was also a hidden pocket at the waist that could actually hold a key with fob, not just a single key. Again, HOORAY and why don't more makers of activewear think of this? It felt supportive and snug but nothing was tight. I am a runner and appreciate that the legs of the shorts didn't ride up as I ran. Fabric was a good thickness, not at all see-through. I am a fan!" —Carla Jean

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in 42 styles and sizes XS-5XL).

    2. A pair of metallic bike shorts so versatile that you'll feel genuine sadness in your heart whenever they're in the laundry pile.

    A model in rose gold metallic bike shorts
    Forever 21

    Promising review: "I got these in rose gold black and nearly bought another pair because I love them so much! They are true to size, excellent quality and a staple. These can be worn as outerwear, club wear, office wear, or everyday wear or even paired with tunics, miniskirts, or mini dresses or sheer skirts/dresses! It is so useful and versatile! They can be dressed down or up! The possibilities are endless!" —Nichelle V.

    Get it from Forever 21 for $14.99 (available in sizes 0X-3X and two colors).

    3. A pair of ridiculously soft seamless bike shorts from Free People perfect for wearing under their favorite summer dresses, running errands, or lounging around the house.

    Emma Lord/BuzzFeed, Free People

    These shorts come in a bazillion rotating colors because they sell out so quickly you might blink and miss them. I own a pair in pink (that is me being v cheeky above) and can confirm that they are so comfortable that I genuinely had to look down and make sure I wasn't naked a few times, but still opaque enough to venture out into the world without worrying about everyone seeing your booty. I probably own ten pairs of bike shorts now (don't look at me), and these are the comfiest by far.

    Promising review: "From the comfortable stretching fabric to the integrated design, these are my go-to for exercise shorts or when I want a little more under a short dress. Even the label info is printed, so no bumps, seams or uncomfortable tags to worry about. So comfortable you could forget you have them on." —Larimar

    Get it from Free People for $20 (available in women's sizes XS-L and five colors).

    4. A dependable pair of metallic Under Armour bike shorts designed with a HeatGear fabric that wicks sweat and keeps your shorts odor-free.

    A reviewer in metallic gray bike shorts that fall mid-thigh

    Promising review: "Bought for strength training. My thighs are pretty big and shorter shorts always end up riding up. Not these! Wore them to deadlift and cardio. They pass the squat test, too. Not sheer under stretch but not too heavy fabric. None to minimal riding up and very comfortable. I like the wider waistband. It doesn't roll down or bunch up. Would buy again at this point." —Opal Jingle

    Get it from Amazon for $21.67+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and two colors).

    5. Or a pair of *colorful* metallic Under Armour bike shorts so flashy and fun that you'll want to rotate all the different colors for each of your workouts.


    Psst — reviewers love these shorts, but many recommend if you're deciding between sizes to go up a size!

    Promising review: "Great workout shorts. I like that the fit is exactly my size and I the material wicks away moisture well. Perfect for yoga and running." —ElleBee

    Get it from Amazon for $18.75+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and 12 colors).

    6. A pair of cotton bike shorts you can get in so many colors that you can make a bike shorts rainbow 🌈 .


    Promising review: "I bought them to wear under dresses and skirts while on vacation and they were perfect! They are thick enough to wear as shorts by themselves but light enough not to make you sweat if you were them under clothes like I did. They are super comfy and soft. They never rode up or bunched or pinched ever! The waistband stays true to size even after washing. I recommend buying these in every color! They are the best!!" —Keri M

    Get it from Amazon for $17.15+ (available in sizes XL-5X and 27 colors and prints).

    7. A pair of ultra soft patterned bike shorts that come in sweet prints like paw prints, polka dots, hearts, flowers, and — be still my bike short-loving heart — DONUTS.


    Promising review: "I was skeptical about these but now I'm glad I purchased them. The material is wonderful. Very stretchy and buttery soft feel. I love them!" —Joby97

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in sizes S-3X and 26 prints).

    8. A pair of cozy ribbed bike shorts with a wide waistband and deep pockets (adorable dog unfortunately not included).


    Psst — reviewers love these, but mention that you may want to size up from your usual size for a comfier fit!

    Promising review: "These bike shorts are so cute! I ordered in the blue and green color. I have other aerie bike shorts and these definitely don't have as much compression as some of their other styles, but they are perfect for lounging, walking the dog, etc. I also love that they have pockets!" —Sarah

    Get it from Aerie for $22.46 (originally $29.95; available in sizes XXS-XXL and six colors).

    9. A pair of gorgeous pastel print bike shorts to make your legs feel like ~works of art~.

    A model in white bike shorts with pastel purple, pink, and blue streaks

    Promising review: "Absolutely love these shorts. So cute on. The colors are beautiful. I love the length. I’ve already worn a few times both on my bike and for walking." —Patti Pat

    Get it from Athleta for $49.99 (originally $69; available in sizes XXS-L).

    10. A pair of two-tone bike shorts for when you can't decide for the life of you which color you're gonna wear, so you might as well wear both.

    A model in a pair of bike shorts that is neon orange on the right leg and neon pink on the left

    CURTISBRANDS is a California-based apparel shop established in 2014 that specializes in both fashion and leisure wear.

    Promising review: "Love these shorts! I ordered them because I love bright colors and unique styles, and these are amazing and even brighter in person! Will definitely shop here again 💛" —coko

    Get it from CURTISBRANDS on Etsy for $18 (available in sizes S-2X).

    Psst — this seller offers free shipping!

    11. A pair of Lilo & Stitch-patterned bike shorts so you can be all, "Ohana means family, family means I'm going to look cooler than the rest of for the whole summer and I'm not one bit sorry."

    A model in red bike shorts with white leaves that mimic Lilo's dress from the movie
    Hot Topic

    Get it from Hot Topic for $16.74 (originally $27.09; available in sizes 0-5, and also sizes XS-3X here).

    12. A pair of moisture-wicking Nia bike shorts with all the support you need for workouts and all the bright colors you need to pair it with 90% of your closet.

    A model in yellow bike shorts with pink and blue circular patterns
    PRU Apparel

    PRU Apparel is a Black woman-owned fitness apparel brand established in 2016 that fuses African-inspired prints with modern fitness trends. Psst — this brand has other bike shorts that restock frequently, so keep your eyeballs on the site for more!

    Get it from PRU Apparel for $50 (available in sizes S-XL).

    13. A pair of bright bike shorts that come complete with a matching bra, aka your new summer uniform.,

    Promising review: "So fun to wear. I got so many compliments on this two piece! The top doesn’t slide up at all and the bottoms are pretty high-waisted so it stays the whole time. The fabric kept its shape through the entire day. Shipped just as expected as well. If I had more occasions to wear this I’d buy every color." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes S-L and eight colors).

    14. A pair of bright compressive bike shorts to put a pep in your step every time you slide them on.

    A model in orange high waist bike shorts that fall mid-thigh

    Promising review: "These shorts are the perfect length — not too short and fit like a glove; very very comfortable! I'd say these are absolutely true to size and suggest following the measurements like I did before ordering; the red is more like a HOT CORAL which I like even better and the blue is beautiful shade of blue with some grey undertone. I definitely recommend for exercise and just being comfortable at home or outside in nice weather." —JoJo

    Get it from Athleta for $34.99 (originally 44.99; available in sizes 1X-3X and two colors).

    15. A pair of marble print biker shorts that come in dreamy pastels and edgier earth tones for whatever summer mood you are currently mood-ing.

    Nordstrom Rack

    Get it from Nordstrom Rack for $19.97 (originally $52; available in sizes XS-L and five prints).

    16. A pair of reverse tie-dye bike shorts for an unexpected and refreshing twist on the tie-dye trend.

    A model in black shorts with orange tie-dye
    Dye It Culture/Etsy

    Dye It Culture is a North Carolina-based Etsy shop established in 2020 that specializes in one-of-a-kind, reverse-dyed pieces.

    Promising review: "I LOVE these shorts y’all! So comfy and cute. Everyone needs a pair!" —jada wilson

    Get it from Dye It Culture on Etsy for $22 (available in sizes S-XL).

    17. A pair of microfiber EveryWear bike shorts from KINAESTHETIC, which has a toooon of pieces in the same print to match.

    A model in purple bike shorts with a pink pattern

    KINAESTHETIC is a California-based, Black-owned fitness apparel brand started by a father and daughter duo that specializes in Afro-celebratory activewear.

    Get it from KINAESTHETIC for $48 (available in sizes XS-3XL).

    You can check out the rest of KINAESTHETIC's shorts for more designs!

    18. A pair of tie-dye bike shorts with the same vibe as a fancy swimming pool when the light hits it just right.

    A model in a pair of pastel tie dye bike shorts

    Promising review: "Love these shorts. Sooooo comfortable. They actually feel like silk when you have them on." —Dolphingirl51

    Get it from Nordstrom for $54 (available in sizes S-L).

    19. A pair of white leopard print bike shorts for anyone whose wardrobe could use a low-commitment shake-up right meow.

    A reviewer in the bike shorts, which fall mid-thigh

    Promising review: "These are amazinggggg! So buttery soft and comfortable. A lot of shorts ride up and move around while working out but these did not. So soft and comfy I want to get more for workouts and just hanging out. I LOVE these. They look just like the picture and fit perfectly." —Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and five prints).

    20. A pair of super soft pale blue camo bike shorts complete with a pocket for your phone — so convenient it puts a bike shorts-shaped tear in my eye.

    A model in pale blue and white camo print bikes shorts that fall mid-thigh
    Nordstrom Rack

    Promising review: "Great fit, love the pockets, and the most softest material ever! I bought one, then came back and bought two more." —LAN17

    Get it from Nordstrom Rack for $19.97 (originally $52; available in sizes XS-L and three prints).

    21. A pair of acid wash tie-dye biker shorts made with soft cotton, so you can achieve the ultimate in bike shorts fashion: managing to look edgy and stay cozy at the same time.

    A model in pastel blue bike shorts with white acid wash patterns
    Bad Batch Apparel/Etsy

    Bad Batch Apparel is a California-based Etsy shop established in 2016 that specializes in vintage and upcycled clothes as well as custom band tees and streetwear.

    Promising review: "I love these acid wash biker shorts. They are super soft and just the right length. 100% would buy again! Super quick shipping too." —Zoe Hypatia

    Get it from Bad Batch Apparel on Etsy for $24 (available in sizes S-XL).

    Psst — this seller offers free shipping!

    22. A pair of printed bike shorts that come in so many fun, quirky, and unexpected patterns that you might just spend half your day toggling through all the options — seriously, y'all. There are OVER 70.,

    Promising review: "Love these biker shorts! These are SO popular right now and I’m so glad I found some for such a good price. They are super soft and stretchy - more legging material and are just long enough for what I need. Definitely recommend!😍" — Marissa

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes S-3X and 72 prints).

    23. A pair of pastel blue mini biker shorts designed for yoga, but also perfect for wearing under dresses and skirts in the heat.

    A model in pastel blue bike shorts that fall on the upper thigh

    Promising review: "My new favorite shorts! I purchased these to wear under dresses in the summer while playing with my kids but will probably wear these out to the gym for hot yoga and such. I bought three pairs of these, wish they had a lighter color to wear under more sheer dresses though. The material is on the thicker side comparable to a Lululemon type of short." —ecurranrx

    Get it from Amazon for $13.02+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and seven colors).

    24. A pair of ultra-high-rise bike shorts so lightweight that, TBH, you just might forget to take them off at the end of the day.

    Free People

    Psst — reviewers love these shorts, but many recommend if you're deciding between sizes to go down a size!

    Promising review: "I like that they are high-rise and feel lightweight. These are great to pair with a cute sports bra or crop top. Also great for summer they feel like you're wearing nothing!" —Kirstie

    Get it from Free People for $58 (available in sizes XS-XL and seven colors).

    25. A pair of shiny mermaid bike shorts you can get in a whopping 42 colors, so you can express your inner Ariel however you please 🧜‍♀️.

    A mannequin in a pair of glittery gold mermaid scale printed bike shorts that fall above the knee
    Zanza Designs Clothing/Etsy

    Zanza Designs Clothing is a San Diego-based Etsy shop established in 2013 that specializes in festival, modeling, performance, rave, and glam life clothing (including face masks!).

    Promising review: "Excellent product! The material is spandex with cotton lining inside. I find it super comfortable to wear and get a lot of compliments." —Kristen S.

    Get it from Zanza Designs Clothing on Etsy for $29.99 (available in sizes XS-XL and 42 colors).

    26. A pair of brightly-striped padded cycling shorts with a Coolmax foam layer to help wick moisture and keep you feeling fresh and dry.


    Promising review: "I really liked these shorts, they are very padded and comfortable and the material feels high quality. The padding does feel very bulky but I wanted this for longer rides so it was exactly what I was looking for! I will say if you are looking for a more versatile bike short that you can where for running/triathlon as well I wouldn't recommend because they do feel a little awkward to walk in." —Tracey Zarkis

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99 (available in unisex sizes M-XL and two styles).

    All of us trying to figure out where in our closets to fit all these new bike shorts:

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