The celeb-approved picks are as comfortable as your favorite pair of black leggings and can be worn during your workout and beyond.

By Amy Schlinger
November 06, 2019
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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 22: Miley Cyrus attends the world premiere of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures "Avengers: Endgame" at the Los Angeles Convention Center on April 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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It seems undeniable—the 90s bike short trend is here to stay. The form-fitting bottoms that your mom donned for aerobics class (which might have had you cringing back in the day) have now been spotted on this year's runways and on the likes of the most fashion-forward celebrities—from Kourtney Kardashian to Bella Hadid to Emily Ratajkowski.

So, it shouldn't be all too surprising that more A-listers are taking note and incorporating the stylish athleisure piece into their rotations. In September, self-proclaimed yoga lover Miley Cyrus chose a pair of Nike Women's Pro Bash Short (Buy It, from $28, amazon.com) for an at-home workout.

@mileycyrus/Instagram
@mileycyrus/Instagram

"Sometimes I'll improv and just do what my body tells me! Today it's a mix of Pilates and Ashtanga Yoga," the singer captioned her Instagram story. Cyrus followed up with additional photos, allowing fans a glimpse into her yoga practice and core work, in which she uses resistance bands to further push her body. (Related: The Best Resistance Bands for Every Type of Workout)

The star's post-workout selfie revealed how the shorts' waistband laid perfectly smooth against her waist and paired seamlessly with a Calvin Klein Women's Modern Cotton Lightly Lined Bralette (Buy It, $44, amazon.com). The compression shorts are ideal for yoga practice (and really everything from running to circuit training), where you really want to see how your body is moving, adjusting for proper form and alignment along the way.

@haileybieber/Instagram
@haileybieber/Instagram

Cyrus isn't the only celeb who prefers Nike bike shorts for her sweat session. Recently, Hailey Bieber took a pair of Nike Leg-A-See Bike Shorts (But It, $40, zappos.com) for a round in the boxing ring at Dogpound. The shorts hugged her body as she sparred with her instructor, always staying in place (i.e. zero slippage) as she moved swiftly around the ring, and didn't cause any distraction from her jabs and crosses, thanks to the high waist, longer length, and compressive fabric. (Related: Athleisure Bike Shorts You Can Wear Anywhere)

While bike shorts have seemingly taken over the fashion scene, don't forget that they were actually designed by athletic brands to be worn in the gym—and for good reason. Most are made of sweat-wicking fabrics that pull moisture away from your body to keep you cool and dry throughout your workout. Plus, bike shorts combine comfort and style, making them simple to slip on whether you're pairing them with a cropped tank for your HIIT class or an oversized sweatshirt post-gym. And they come in a wide range of versatile rises and lengths, so you can choose a pair based on what makes you feel most comfortable.

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From left to right: Nike Women's Pro Bash Short (Buy It, from $28, amazon.com); Nike Leg-A-See Bike Shorts (But It, $40, zappos.com)

Cyrus and Bieber proved that sporty bike shorts live up to the hype of being both functional and attractive, and they might now have you seriously considering swapping your favorite black leggings for a pair of sleek black shorts for your next gym session.

Want to try out a pair for yourself? Some other affordable styles similar to the A-listers' go-to Nike shorts are the Under Armour Women's HeatGear Middy Short (Buy It, $30, amazon.com)—made from a four-way stretch and moisture-wicking fabric that also boasts anti-odor technology to keep you smelling fresh as you sweat—and the Zella Live In High Waist Pocket Bike Short (Buy It, $49, nordstrom.com), which features convenient pockets for stashing your essentials, including your phone, keys, and credit card.

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