If you’re the sort of person who shies away from any trend the Kardashian clan loves, then chances are, you’ve been giving cycling shorts a wide berth.
We don't blame you. The return of bike shorts (to give them their fashion moniker) has been quite the shock to anyone who remembers them from last time they were in vogue, circa the early Nineties.
It’s mainly been teens and Instagram influencers who have embraced the tight, stretchy shorts, sporting them in fluoro shades with matching crop tops and chunky ‘dad’ trainers.
But, what if we told you that after our initial aversion to bike shorts, we’re now totally on board – and that you should be too?
Hear us out, though. We’re not saying you have to grab the nearest clingy neon co-ord set you can find although, if that is your bag, we recommend taking notes from our RTÉ2fm style crush Tara Stewart (see above).
What we mean is, there are alternative ways to wear the trend – two ways in fact.
First up, the blazer-bike-short combo. Layering a tailored jacket over the sporty shorts elevates your outfit and, crucially, covers up your bum.
Add a soft cotton T-shirt, a pair of simple block-heeled sandals and a top handle handbag, and you’ve got an elegant but edgy summer ensemble.
If you want extra coverage, make it a longline tee and try a pair of cycling shorts with a scalloped or lace edge that peeps out from below the hem of your top.
Then there’s the genius evolution of the trend – denim bike shorts.
Stepping away from lycra or cotton shorts, denim creates a different silhouette – and the longer length gives it a more casual aesthetic – while still being totally on-trend.
There are lots of different colours and washes to choose from in the shops – why not double up with a denim shirt or jacket on top?
Tempted? Here’s our pick of summer’s coolest bike shorts…
Zara Topstitched Cycling Trousers, €12.99 (were €19.95)
Miss Selfridge White Long Line Burnout T-Shirt, €19 (was €25); Black Rib Cycling Shorts, €9.10 (were €16); Blue Mid Denim Jacket, €45
& Other Stories Coffee Bean Printed Cycling Shorts, €29
Topshop White Cycle Shorts, €46
New Look Bright Blue Acid Wash Denim Knee Shorts, €12 (were €24.99)
Pretty Little Thing Pink Cycle Shorts, €12 (were €15)