When Did It Become Socially Acceptable To Wear Bike Shorts As Pants?

From Bella Hadid to Kim Kardashian, several celebs are including this item in their everyday attire.

By Zoe Anastasiou

Yesterday, Kim Kardashian was spotted taking her two eldest children to Disneyland wearing a very eye-catching ensemble. Aside from the fact that Kardashian was sporting a high-vis tradie-inspired neon jacket, we couldn't help but notice that the star was also wearing her tired and tested new favourite pant option: bike shorts.

While for some, bike shorts might simply conjure up images of high school days, the item has become surprisingly ubiquitous amongst the celebrity set, and is quickly becoming a popular substitute for actual pants.

From Kendall Jenner to Bella Hadid, It-girls have been sporting the item alongside their everyday attire at events and outings. Of course, we'd understand if the bike shorts were being worn to go to the gym (or, you know, to actually ride a bike) but this is not the case. Bella Hadid wore a pair of bike shorts to 'the club' in Cannes last week, while Kim Kardashian has often sported her pairs with stiletto heels.

Bike shorts have also appeared on recent runways, further enhancing their trending status. Virgil Abloh showed bike shorts under a double-breasted blazer late last year for Off-White, while Rihanna also debuted a series of lycra shorts on her recent runway—albeit in a significantly more athletic fashion.

Whether you're for or against this unlikely look, there's no denying that its popularity is certainly on the rise.