We Really Made Bike Shorts a Thing This Year, According to eBay

The e-commerce giant sold around 110,000 pairs.
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Bike shorts at London Fashion Week's Spring 2019 season. Photo: Imaxtree

Bike shorts at London Fashion Week's Spring 2019 season. Photo: Imaxtree

Bike shorts made quite the impact on our 2018 wardrobes, according to a new trend report from eBay. The e-commerce site announced on Friday that it sold around 110,000 pairs alone this year, with sales spiking 27 percent in less than 90 days.

We can date the comeback of bike shorts all the way to September 2017, specifically Virgil Abloh's Off-White Spring 2018 runway show, which closed with Naomi Campbell in a high-fashion pair of the athleisure-leaning garment. (Abloh was inspired by the personal style of Princess Diana, who herself was a fan of pairing her own bike shorts with T-shirts and crewneck sweatshirts during off-duty hours.)

This year, bike shorts were favored by the celebrity set, including Kim Kardashian West, Kaia Gerber, Emily Ratajkowski and Bella Hadid, as well as the street style crowd during this past fashion month. And if you think you're too late to jump on the bandwagon, you're actually not: A slew of designers have already cosigned the sporty piece for Spring 2019, too.

eBay's report also mentions that teddy coats have nearly quadrupled in sales between the fall months of September and October. Faux fur overall has experienced a large jump in consumer interest: 50,000 items, from vests to backpacks, were sold between July and September, which amounts to a 105 percent increase within 90 days. As luxury brands, retailers and magazines continue to go fur-free, chances are we'll be seeing sales grow even more over next year.

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