Put the Pedal to the Metal

By Courtney Prosniewski

Ultimately the worst trend from the late ‘80s and ‘90s has returned. I thought we could skip over this fad and leave it in the past. However, the awkward length, inevitable camel toe trend is upon us once again. Yes, bike shorts are “cool” again.

The poster child for bike shorts is not Kim Kardashian, contrary to popular belief, it was actually Princess Diana. Princess Diana’s streetwear trend of the ‘90s is absolutely iconic. The Princess could be seen wearing tube socks, dad sneakers, an oversized sweatshirt, and of course, bike shorts. I may not be a fan of the unflattering look, but Princess Diana sure made it look so trendy. Who knows, this trend may be so in right now due to all of the heat from the royals, but in this case, we actually have someone else to thank for the comeback.

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Virgil Abloh, creative director of Off-White, can be credited with the return of bike shorts. In the SS18 Off-White show, Abloh paid tribute to Princess Diana, having Naomi Campbell close the show in Princess Diana inspired bike shorts, and an oversized blazer.

I for one, predicted this trend would not last long, however the Spring 2019 runways are hinting otherwise. Following Abloh’s runway show, many high-end brands followed, including Chanel, Fendi, and Stella McCartney.

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I may not be the biggest fan of the “summer legging” trend, but many fashionistas have proved me wrong. From the Kardashians, to the Hadid’s, to about every influencer on Instagram, many people have truly pulled it off. Bike shorts have often been paired with oversized sweaters, sweatshirts, blazers, and even under dresses.


With athleisure being at the forefront of everyday streetwear, bike shorts have definitely reclaimed themselves as a cool-girl staple. We would like to thank you, Princess Diana, for being the icon of this trend, may you rest in peace, and in fashion.

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