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6 best cycling shorts for women

This trend may be controversial – but if you're looking to stay comfy yet chic, this roundup will help you rock the Nineties cycle short revival 

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Just over a year ago, when Kim Kardashian was pictured in bike shorts, the internet went into meltdown.

Later we saw Hailey Baldwin, Kendall Jenner and the rest of the world step out in the figure-hugging bottoms.

But let’s not forget who started the trend. Back in the Nineties, Princess Diana donned a sweatshirt, dad sneakers and bike shorts, and served up the ultimate fitspo with her tanned, toned legs for days. Her casual, off-duty look is just as fashionable today and the ultimate mood for 2018.

Designers have followed suit, with cycling shorts taking centre stage at fashion weeks all over the world. They featured heavily on spring/summer 2018 catwalks – Anthony Vaccarello’s Saint Laurent and Off-White – and were styled with classic tailoring on the streets.

And why wouldn’t you want to mix cycling apparel with sky high heels? Whether you’re running errands or heading out out, we’ve tried and tested the sleekest bike shorts to ensure you’re looking comfortable, classy and chic.

Lululemon Train Times Short: £48, Lululemon

​This Vancouver-based active wear brand is primarily known for producing snazzy yoga-friendly pieces for both men and women, so it comes as no surprise that Lululemon would branch out into other sportswear.

Praised for its jazzy prints and bold colours, Lululemon has created the Train Times Short – a lightweight short perfect for squatting, bending, running, jumping, anything you’d like.

They go beautifully with a no-effort sweater and are perfectly sculpting. The shorts even has a pocket in the back to store your phone safely.

We found these shorts to be incredibly comfortable and the sizing was just right. Snug but also lightweight enough to add a little bit of room.

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LNDR Skuttle Shorts: £94, Revolve

London-based LNDR blends style with performance, resulting in these navy Skuttle shorts. They’re made using hydrophilic seamless compression jersey with "Cool Comfort" technology for breathability, and feature a distinctly scalloped waistband.

Amazingly, these can be used for swimming as well as running, so there’s no need to worry about switching over between sessions – which, for the time poor among us, is ideal.

The shorts are incredibly thin so it does make sense that they are designed for both swim and run, but sadly there are no pockets – for the obvious reasons. They are a great pair to skuttle around in.

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Rapha Classic Shorts: £90, Rapha

These classic cycling shorts are a winner. Rapha is known for technical wear and proves to be a popular brand for budding cyclists.

Perfect for year-round weather, they are also comfortable enough to waltz around in. And you can kiss goodbye to the sore saddle as these bad boys are heavily padded for a comfortable seat for your perfect derriere.

The great chamois design and correct thickness of the shorts offers top notch quality, they are very comfortable to wear.

We weren’t too sure about the sizing but were reassured that they are meant to be figure hugging, so a size 10 would fit an XS perfectly. 

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Nike Pro Intertwist: £22.95, Traininn

These lycra shorts are ideal for HIIT training and competition. While they are designed as active wear, the tight fit is perfect for wearing on its own or layering with other pieces.

We found the sizing perfect and the elasticated waist was incredibly comfortable. Not only are the shorts stylish, but you can always rely on Nike for technical performance wear to ensure that they will actually deliver when you’re moving around.

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Missguided Black Ribbed Highwaist Cycling Shorts: £12, Missguided

If you’re looking for an easy fit pair of shorts to run errands in, look no further. Missguided’s take on the bike short trend has proved to be popular.

Offering a multitude of colours, sizes and styles, we found these to be comfortable, breathable and easy to wear. And a major bonus - they are not see-through.

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Beyond Yoga Spacedye Biker Short​: £52, Atterley

Luxury athleisure brand Beyond Yoga, to our delight, offers a vast range of colours, styles and sizes to appeal to everyone.

Their Spacedye Bike Short perfectly hugs you in the right places, is thick and light enough to wear all year round, and is perfect for lounging and exercising.

We found them to be so comfortable we couldn’t take them off. And for the price, I think we’ll order 10 more.

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The Verdict: Best Cycle Shorts For Women

All the shorts were great, but we absolutely loved Lululemon’s Train Times short. They were the perfect length, figure-hugging and complements you no matter what your shape.

If you are looking for a more serious pair of shorts to cycle in, we would definitely recommend Rapha’s classic shorts because it has that all-important bum pads.

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