How to Style Cycling Shorts: 5 Outfit Ideas

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Who said cycling shorts can only be worn when working out? Not us! We’re here to tell you that those stretchy shorts can be styled in more ways than you think. From a session at the gym to an evening out, these comfortable and versatile items of sportswear can be styled for any occasion.

How to style your cycling shorts

You might have seen your favourite fashionistas on Instagram, styling cycling shorts in ways you could never imagine. We don’t expect this trend to go away anytime soon either! So, we’ve taken inspiration from these fashionistas and of course, the OG of this trend, Princess Diana to bring you the ultimate guide on how to style cycling shorts. This includes looks to relax in and even to go out in. So, sit back, relax, and get ready to be inspired.

With a sports bra

Model wearing Pour Moi cycling shorts

One of the most obvious ways to style cycling shorts is with a sports bra. Even if you’re lounging around the house rather than sweating it out at the gym, cycling shorts were meant to be paired with a sports bra. Haven’t you heard? Athleisure is acceptable attire for most occasions! Matching your cycling shorts with your sports bra not only means your fashion forward but also ready for a quick workout whenever you feel like it. The Energy Side Pocket Cycling Shorts and matching Energy Empower Underwired Sports Bra are perfect for both high and low intensity workouts, or just to wear around the house! 

Another firm favourite in the matching sportswear department is the Energy Colour Block Cycling Short and Energy Colour Block Longline Crop Top. If you’re a keen cyclist this super flattering set will support, you up the steepest of hills. With stylish contrasting panels this cute set will take you all the way from your next workout to brunch with the girls. Featuring a handy phone pocket so you don’t have to leave your essentials at home. If you’re looking for a sports bra to match your cycling shorts but not sure what style or support you need, check out our sports bra guide

Basic layering

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When we say cycling shorts go with everything, we mean everything. But let’s get to the basics first. Cycling shorts look great paired with a basic tank or t-shirt. The Arianna Rib Jersey Tank Top is made for cycling shorts. This cute, ribbed top offers a contrast in fabric against the Energy Seamless Cycling Short. In a classic black, you can mix and match these shorts with any top such as the Off Duty Rib Jersey Support Cami or the Sophie Round Neck Stretch T-Shirt for a relaxed look and feel. This basic styling looks great on its own but if you’re feeling a little chilly, throw on a hoodie or sweatshirt for an extra layer. Add your favourite trainers and you’ve nailed the athleisure trend!

Relaxed casual

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On days when you want to feel more relaxed, cycling shorts will be your best friend. Made from super soft, breathable and comfortable fabric, the Energy Seamless Cycling Short is ideal for those days when you just want to relax. But you need a top to match, and we’ve got the perfect shirt. The timeless Remi Woven Check Boyfriend Shirt will create a laidback and relaxed look when matched with a pair of cycling shorts. Throw on a basic tank or t-shirt underneath for a stylish finish. This look is perfect for any occasion, whether you are having brunch, walking the dog or having a picnic.

When the weather gets colder

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Believe it or not, there are still ways to wear cycling shorts when the weather turns colder. Jumpers and knitwear make a great addition to cycling shorts during the colder months. Or even on a summer evening. The Energy Colour Block Cycling Short match the Colour Block Chevron Roll Neck Jumper perfectly. This effortless pairing looks great together with matching shades. Plus, this chunky, roll neck jumper will leave you looking and feeling fabulous and warm. We love jumper season but that’s no reason to store away your favourite summer sportswear. The Energy Seamless Cycling Short looks great with a relaxed jumper. Try the Wild Leopard Jacquard Knit Jumper in a fabulous slogan print. This combo will ensure that you keep warm and stylish throughout the seasons.

Dress it up

Who said cycling shorts are for working out only? Stay with us here. What if we told you that cycling shorts can be styled for a night out? Cycling shorts look great styled with your favourite body, blazer and heeled sandals. If you’re looking for a new body, why not pair the Viva Luxe Underwired Body or India Body with the Energy Seamless Cycling Short. This stylish combo will make for a statement outfit that no one was expecting! The mesh and lace detailing on these bodies will contrast the soft fabric of the cycling shorts.

Now you’re a styling pro, check out our collection of cycling shorts let your inspiration flow. While you’re at it, show us your favourite short and top combo on our Instagram @pourmoiltd.