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Designers Cosign the Biker Shorts Trend for Spring 2019

The sporty garment just got a high-end makeover.
Toga, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Fendi, Area, Roberto Cavalli. Photos: Imaxtree

Toga, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Fendi, Area, Roberto Cavalli. Photos: Imaxtree

An item from your athleisure wardrobe is getting a major cosign from big-name designers for Spring 2019, as the humble biker short continues to make plenty of cameos from city to city this fashion month. 

Starting with New York Fashion Week, we spotted the cycling staple in neon colors by Maryam Nassir Zadeh, as well as in eye-catching prints by Area, Collina Strada and Nanushka. Over in London, Toga featured the trending piece with avant-garde tops and statement jackets. In Milan, Fendi, Roberto Cavalli and MSGM added their own Italian flair to biker shorts, and in Paris, cool designer brands like Acne, Marine Serre and Jacquemus showed their sartorial support for a garment that's generally associated with working out and the Tour de France. And on the final day of fashion month, Karl Lagerfeld sent his beach babes down the Chanel runway in bike shorts topped with ladylike tailored jackets.

But how did we get here? Last September, Virgil Abloh featured biker shorts as his last look — modeled by the one and only Naomi Campbell — for Off-White's Spring 2018 collection. The show was inspired by Princess Diana's on- and off-duty personal style, which included, you guessed it, biker shorts. Since then, the item has become a celebrity and top model staple, from Kim Kardashian West (in Yeezy, most likely) to Kaia Gerber, Emily Ratajkowski and Bella Hadid. The biker short has even hit "It" item status among the street style crowd, too.

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Now that the athletic garment just got a high-end makeover, a slew of pricier versions will be arriving in stores for next season. Until then, we'll happily stick with our budget-friendly pair from Amazon.

See which designers sent biker shorts down the Spring 2019 runways in the gallery below.

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