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How to Style Cycling Shorts

Updated: Jan 26

Remember those shiny lycra PE shorts you wore at school? That’s what I thought about when I heard cycling shorts were a thing. I remember a girl wearing them in Love Island and thinking she looked like a right tit. Fast forward a year and I have well and truly joined this tour de fashion and am riding the trend. 

Why the love for the lyrca? Aside from the obvious stretch (amazing for meals out and hangover bloat) they’re really very versatile. From bar to boardroom and baby groups inbetween, cycling shorts deserve to be seen as the heroes they are. 

Here’s how I’m wearing mine:

All in for Autumn

Chuck on a chunky knit, pull up some cosy socks and throw on some Cons. This look ticks all the transitional boxes. If you want to make it more winter, add a camel coat. 

Don’t think just drink 

You know that feeling when you’ve had a fair few cocktails and your belly is busting for you to JUST. BREATHE. OUT. No fear, cycling shorts are here. For ultimate power dressing add a blazer with a tiny bit of boob on show and finish with your dancing shoes.

Someone say date day?

I’ve got two kids so date days are a must. Getting a babysitter of an evening is a ballache but grandparents are happy to give up an afternoon. Cycling shorts, a plain tee and a blazer make a perfect date day combo. Add ankle boots for a bit more fizz.

Layer up

I know not everyone likes getting their legs out but as long as my top half is covered I feel cosy.  Shirts, jumpers and jackets can be layered up top with chunky boots on the bottom.

Park Life

I know way more about parks in a 10 mile radius than I ever thought I would. Cycling shorts and their elasticated loveliness are great for running round and bending down. I wear mine with an oversized shirt and my waterproof mum coat. 

Heads down, hoods up

Aah, along with fleece socks and woolly hats, hoodies are a must for days off. Be it lounging on the sofa or popping for a post Saturday night Starbucks, cycling shorts and your favourite hoodie are an easy and super comfy style win.

I only own these two pairs of cycling shorts. The black ones from River Island really hold me in and cost a grand sum of £7. The leopard print ones were a total bargain in the H&M sale for £4. So yeah cycling shorts; kind to your belly, kind to your bank account. Hop on x

*I wrote this back in October. Have a nosey at my Instagram for the sparkly cycling shorts I styled over Christmas.



Love clothes. Love putting an outfit together. But lately, I'm getting a bit bewildered by the constant pressure to have the latest looks regardless of your bank balance or the effect on the environment and to be honest, your self esteem; I mean it can't be good for us to always feel like we're not keeping up with the instafamouses. 

So this is just my little take on how to wear what you've already got, love it a bit more and not spend too much trying to nail every new trend. 

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