Bright Green to Elevate Those Bike Shorts

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Story by Ashley White of Le Stylo Rouge    |    Photos by Sabrina Osborn

Have you dipped into the bike shorts trend yet? I think we can safely say they’re back (to stay!) after a few solid seasons in the warm weather style rotation. 

Bike short-centered looks typically lean into their athletic origin, worn with casual, workout-adjacent tops and sneakers. But did you know you can dress these shorts up? 

Start with a pair of basic black bike shorts. I’m wearing a 6-inch version here, which is a good length for those of us 5’5 and under because it lengthens the leg line without venturing into a hot pants territory. (If you’re on the taller side or want more coverage, look for a 7- or 8-inch short.) 

I layered a bright, oversized button-up on top of a black crop top. A button-up instantly elevates the look, as it brings some sophistication that a t-shirt alone can’t provide. This vibrant green has been everywhere this season! I buttoned the front button, but this shirt also works worn open as a lightweight jacket.

Keeping it green, I added a fun pair of green sandals with a lucite heel. Hello, 2000s! As much as I love my sneakers, you can’t deny what a heel can do for a look! Instant style boost.

A green crossbody bag put an exclamation point on this vivid monochrome vibe. I love something small like this to throw on when going out because it’ll hold your essentials without being a burden to drag around. And how fun is that chunky gold chain? A great detail to tie in the splashes of gold jewelry.

Lastly, I added some turquoise to the mix in the form of a necklace and a smattering of rings. The turquoise compliments the green without distracting and anchors things in July and August as a quintessential summer stone.

I hope this look gives you some summer outfitting inspiration, KC! Who says you can’t take your athleisure to the next level? Certainly not me!

You can find Ashley at or on Instagram at @ashrockchalk

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