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Over the cold weather and ready to ditch the pants? Fear not—biker shorts season is just around the corner! Also known as “cycling shorts,” bike shorts were initially made for cyclists to protect their legs while sitting on a bicycle seat for long periods of time. It then gained popularity as a fashion trend in the ’80s (shoutout to Princess Diana). Aside from being my go-to workout and lounge bottoms, the versatile activewear item has been seen on your favorite celebs and on the runways. And now, it serves as a hot weather essential. I can totally see why.
Paired with a sweatshirt and sneakers for an athleisure look or dressed up with heels, biker shorts are always the answer. Whether you’re fully embracing the revival of balletcore, building the perfect collection of workout clothes, or looking for your next throw-on for a deli run, the choice is yours. It doesn’t hurt to have a couple of pairs on hand, so we’ve saved you the trouble of finding the best biker shorts on the market. Below, I’ve rounded up 20 of the best biker shorts right now—with various prices and functionalities—that’ll have you rising to any occasion. Warmer days are ahead, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to stock up.
I’ll give it to the Aritzia girlies for this one, these are SO soft. Whether you’re crushing a yoga class or running errands, the barely there, sweat-wicking fabric will have you reaching for these biker shorts every single time.
Customer review: “I don’t wear biker shorts often, but when I do, they’re from Aritzia’s TnA label. They’re so, so soft and are perfect for practically anything, whether it’s a workout class, a road trip, or lounging at home. You won’t go wrong with these.”—Dale Arden Chong, senior commerce editor
For a more flattering look, invest in a V-cut biker short that’ll hug your hips in all the right places. Plus, these ribbed biker shorts will diminish any chance of camel toe (something that all women shamelessly deal with!).
Customer review: “Emphasizes curves while staying put—love them!”
Material: 85% Nylon, 15% Spandex Active Rib
These are the shorts I can rely on when a high-intensity workout is ahead. The Dri-FIT technology keeps me feeling dry and so comfortable (despite how much I may be sweating).
Customer review: “Nice fit, holds me in all the right places.”
Material: 78-83% polyester/17-22% spandex
Don’t miss out on this limited-edition moment! Add a touch of personality with this functional zipper.
What other way to emulate biker short queen Kim Kardashian than sporting one of her sexy faux leather pieces? Elevate your off-duty look and get the matching top while you’re at it, too.
Customer review: “Okayyy snatch my stomach then!!!! Love how you can dress these up or down!”
Material: 96% Viscose / 4% Elastane Coated In 100% Polyurethane
I’ve recommended these biker shorts to my picky older sister and now, she can’t get enough. A great price, wide color selection, comfortable (yet functional) fabric, high waistband that controls the tummy, AND it has pockets? I mean, what more can you really ask for?
Customer review: “Best shorts I’ve ever worn.”
Might I suggest making a fashion statement?
Material: 49% Silk, 34% Cotton, 13% Nylon, 4% Elastane
I never thought I’d use the word snacks and biker shorts in the same sentence, but here we are. Featuring a removable mini backpack and several pockets, these shorts are perfect for carrying snacks and small belongings, hiking, marathon running, or any other hands-free recreational activities you may enjoy. In other words, these might be the best biker shorts with pockets on the market.
Customer review: “I wore these shorts for my NYC marathon and absolutely loved them! The storage and the fit were perfect. They were comfortable the entire race and I would recommend them for any runner!”
Colors: Grape Haze and Black
Accentuate your curves in all the right places while you train and lift. With 21 colors to choose from, these squat-proof seamless shorts are bound to be your new best gym buddy.
Perfect for cycling or a really cool street wear piece. Take your pick.
Material: Recycled Polyethylene 79%, Spandex/Elastane 21%
Crafted from recycled water bottles, these versatile shorts truly do it all. Whether you’re biking, running, training, or doing yoga, you’ll no longer have to worry about doing it in anything else anymore.
Customer review: “I love the length and how compressive they are. Very comfortable and supportive for any kind of workout.”
Buttery-soft material and a cross-over waist? Say no more.
Colors: Iceberg Blue, Pomegranate Red, Black
Take it from the thousands of positive reviews on Amazon, but these shorts are a more affordable alternative to other reputable workout brands. You’ll never have to worry about readjusting in the middle of a session again. We’ll take one in every color, please!
Customer review: “THESE DO NOT NEED TO BE ADJUSTED ONCE!!! They stay put and aren’t cutting off circulation at the same time!!!!”
Best for Pilates, yoga, or barre, these lightweight biker shorts will have you feeling like you’re wearing a second skin.
Customer review: “Just like the Airweight High Waist Leggings fit these fit the same which is great. I feel like I am not wearing anything.”
Being so playful and feminine, these ruffle-detailed biker shorts are the best things I’ve laid eyes on lately. Want to be the cutest girl in your yoga class? Snag the matching tank, too.
Sizes: XS/S, M/L
Calling all yogis! If you already don’t live in these cult-favorite Lululemon biker shorts specifically designed for yoga, you’re in for a treat.
Customer review: “I don’t feel self-conscious in these at all.”
Material: Body: 81% Nylon, 19% Lycra® elastane
Currently going wild over these shorts designed to transition from the studio to the streets. Squat-proof yet luxe, spice up your collection with these funky animal-print shorts!
Camel toe, who? You’ll never have to worry about anything showing with no center front seam on these Aerie biker shorts. Also, we’re not sure what’s better, this supportive slick material or gorgeous cobalt blue color.
Customer review: “Perfect length and great material!”
Colors: Cobalt Blue, True Black, Coral Sun, White, Green Dazzle
If working out isn’t your thing, no worries—you can still wear these casual shorts all day, every day. Dress them up with an oversized blazer or down with a hoodie and sneaks!
Sizes: X/S, S/M, M/L
Colors: Sueded Onyx, Sueded Yuma, Sueded Lemon
Alo has been taking over the game lately, and these houndstooth biker shorts are next on my wish list.
What people are saying: “Obsessed with the fit and print!!!”
Amanda Le is a contributing writer at Hearst Magazines, where she covers fashion, beauty, lifestyle, and entertainment. In her free time, you can find her thrifting her next outfit, traveling to new cities, crushing a boxing class, or eating her way through NYC!
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