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5 Little Black Bike Shorts That Are *Just Right* for Your Needs

Kara Jillian Brown

Photo: Ethos
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Black bike shorts give you the ease of leggings (so comfy, so versatile) with the warm-weather comfort of shorts—as Demi says, they’re cool for the summer. And while one pair can be styled enough ways for you to keep your look fresh for weeks—keep them casual with an oversized sweatshirt à la Princess Diana or dress them up with a blazer—having a few pairs in your rotation of different lengths, cuts, and textures increases your outfit output exponentially.

Size-inclusive activewear brand Ethos makes finding your new favorite pair (ahem, pairs) of little black bike shorts easy. Discover your perfect fit below.

5 little black bike shorts for any look

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1. Black Basic Biker Short

Starting with the basics: This pair from Ethos checks all the boxes. These mid-length, high-waisted bike shorts are made with sweat-wicking fabric that’s lightweight enough to be comfortable but thick enough that you don’t have to worry about them become see-through when you sit down into a squat.

2. Black Ribbed Shorts

Designed for lounging, these shorts are made from a buttery-soft Spandex blend. The ribbing adds a bit of texture that sets them apart from your standard bike shorts and the 4-inch inseam is not too long, not too short for those who like to show a little more leg. Complete the set with the Black Ribbed Bra ($35).

3. Black Mamba Crossover Short

Pair these shorts with your favorite sports bra or cropped top to accentuate the crossover waistband. Look closely and you’ll notice a delicate snakeskin texture that makes this pair stand out. These shorts are designed to fit snug while maintaining breathability and pair beautifully with the Black Mamba Crossover Sports Bra ($38).

4. Black All Day Biker Shorts

These are made from the brand’s “squat-proof” fabric… but have pockets. The longer length also helps prevent chafing—whether you’re sweating during a workout or an outdoor dining sitch. Take note: User reviews say the shorts run small, so you might want to size up for comfort.

5. Black All Day Shorts

Just like the above All Day Biker Shorts, but with a 4-inch inseam that will hit a few inches below your cheeks. Yes, they have pockets, too.

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