Bike Shorts Summer Wardrobe Collection 2016-2017
If necessity is the mother of invention, it’s little wonder our best stylistic strokes don’t all come between Memorial Day and Labor Day. New Yorkers, currently faced with 90-something-degree temps and a humidity level straight out of the swamp, are recalibrating their entire wardrobes in a war against sweltering heat.
But with all those featherlight little dresses comes a fair share of challenges unto themselves. “I kept coming upon gusts of wind, be it from natural causes, or subway grates, or oncoming train gusts,” says Vogue.com Market Editor Chelsea Zalopany, of the many pragmatic perils of life in the city. “No matter what kind of underpinnings one’s wearing—be it granny panties or satin high-waisted Dolce knickers—no one wants theirs on display.” The answer? Bicycle shorts. While the tactic isn’t exactly a brand-new one, it did get some runway vindication courtesy of none other than Karl Lagerfeld, who showed what might be the most haute take on the clingy little style we’ve ever seen on Chanel’s Havana catwalk back in May, a furthering from his 2014 couture sequin-strewn shorts, which had, even then, provoked their own philosophical queries. Along with a Lurex-flecked pullover, the look made a compelling case for ditching the dress altogether.
We can’t get enough of performance-tinged shorts teamed with, say, a kicky floral print, or something equally unexpected, and with a host of options out there—along with rising temperatures—there’s no reason to hide your pair under a frock. Whether you layer or opt to bare bike shorts for all the world to see, above are our 14 favorite ways to wear the style—till the heat wave breaks, and beyond.