Cycling shorts –  having made an appearance at summer 2019 catwalks, this trend will be continued for summer 2020. This time around, they are easier to wear, paired with an XXL shirt or feminine blazer. The style looks athletic, stylish and effortless. Several Fashion labels have shown their version, especially take a look @ the classy one.

SS2020 Kenzo

How it started:

The cycling short was derived, as the name suggests, from cycling. At the end of the nineteenth century, cycling became available to everyone, in the first instance, people wore their everyday clothing on their bikes. Years later, the hand-knitted black wool shorts came into fashion. The wool had an advantage: the short stayed warm in all weather conditions. The disadvantage: the wool was abrasive at the saddle. To prevent this, the crotch of the cycling shorts was lined with soft mountain goatskin. This is, in short, the story of the origin of the cycling short. By the late 1940s, the new owner Armando Castelli of Milanese tailoring company Vittore Gianni had introduced the silk jersey suit to the cycling community, this was lighter and cooler than the earlier wool version.

In the 1980s, other athletes also became interested in the elastic pants. Without the special crosspiece, it is perfect for sports like aerobics. Or tennis, as the tennis player Andre Agassi demonstrates with a brightly colored piece in denim.

Tennis player Andre Agassi

In the 1990s, Princess Diana inspired us with her mid-90s garb: a boxy sweatshirt on top, and basic bike shorts, tall sport socks, and sneakers on bottom.

Princess Diana

The cycling short has been making a real comeback in recent seasons. Celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, the Jenner family and leading fashion designers such as Fendi, Chanel, Prada, and Stella McCartney have all shown variations on the trend.

Streetstyle, Paris SS2020

For summer 2020 we see the cycling shorts presented in a classy version on the catwalk at Kenzo and Thom Browne, among others.

SS2020 Thom Browne

It’s impossible to deny this Fashion-Icon: cycling shorts are again experiencing an important moment in fashion also for upcoming SS2020. Be inspired, please show us your cycling shorts outfit.

Mara, fashion-, lifestyle & jewellery freelance writer, is covering for you the depth of Dutch designers, brands & innovations around the world. As a stylist, she meets professionals in Fashion, Lifestyle, Shoes and Jewellery. From time to time she loves to write about beauty, exhibitions and travelling. From The Netherlands, located in Den Bosch

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