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A curated selection of our favourite bike shorts from Australian labels

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ELLEN VIRGONA FOR EMMA MULHOLLAND ON HOLIDAY

WORDS BY SUNNY CHISHOLM

A comfy wardrobe staple.

It’s hard to imagine a time when sportswear was exclusively worn for sports. Sneakers, leggings, tracksuit pants and spray jackets have firmly established themselves as the most enduring and reliable staples in everyone’s pandemic wardrobes. 

Bike shorts, in particular, have cycled their way through the decades – famously sported by the late Princess Diana in the ’90s – then again by Hailey Bieber in a très chic sartorial tribute for Vogue Paris – and it doesn’t look as though their reign is ending anytime soon. 


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Whether you’re looking for a pair fit for the Tour de France or to wear while working from home, we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite local brands and where you can find them. And hey, if they’re good enough for a royal…

Nico

 

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Specialising in intimates, sleepwear and leisurewear, this Queensland label is founded on strong sustainability values. Nico’s organic cotton fabrics are certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard and the label’s adoption of plant dye omits the use of toxic chemicals throughout its supply chain. Its high rise bike shorts come in a length my mum would refer to as ‘sensible’ and the organic cotton offers comfort in its stretch and breathability – great for lounging at home or adding a bit of pizzazz to your errands outfit with vibrant hues that are made to be seen.

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Nagnata

 

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Blurring the lines between technical sportswear and fashion, Nagnata is particularly well-known for its bike shorts that sport rich colours and retro details in varying lengths. Founded in 2017 and helmed by sisters, Laura May and Hannah Gibbs, the Australian label earned itself an international following after receiving accolades from Vogue, PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival and Net-a-Porter for its advocation of change, sustainability and inclusivity across the industry. 

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Sister Studios

 

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Brunswick-based brand Sister Studios’ ultra high-waisted bike shorts are designed to keep it tight. The newly-released fountain print in burnt orange has enough spice to jazz up even the blandest outfit.

sisterstudios.com.au

Emma Mulholland on Holiday


Really though, is there anything more comfortable than cotton knit bike shorts? Emma Mulholland on Holiday – the laidback, beachy-vibe dream label – has crafted a pair of playful shorts, just begging to be worn on your next vacation.

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Nu Form

 

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Looking for something that can handle a little more intensity? These are the shorts for you. Nu Form creates high tech activewear that you’d be proud to be seen in while getting your post-gym coffee. Joggers, it’s your lucky day – there’s even a hidden cell phone pocket!

nuformmovement.com.au

Team Timbuktu


When you’re out in nature, you want to be wearing something that adores the Great Outdoors just as much as you do. Team Timbuktu uses 100 per cent recycled fabric and compostable packaging so no resource is wasted. For every order, a tree is planted, meaning you’re helping to rebuild the forests you are hiking through.

teamtimbuktu.com

Nimble

 

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Nimble’s recycled bike shorts come in a washed blue floral pattern, and I dare you not to get the full set. With a four-point-eight star rating, it’s the kind of activewear that makes you excited to work out.

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It’s Now Cool

 

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The Bondi Beach-born swimwear label has ventured into bike shorts (and beyond) with multi-purpose styles that double as both swim and activewear as part of a recent creative collaboration with influencer Elle Ferguson. Here you’ll find playful prints in athletic cuts that are both flattering and functional.

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Boody

 

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Hear me out – exercise shorts that are made for exercising. Crafted with comfort in mind, Boody’s high waisted bike shorts are designed using organically grown bamboo, making them fit for purpose (and the planet). The breathable, hypoallergenic and thermoregulating properties of bamboo make them a perfect second skin and the flat seams mean they won’t roll or rise up when working out (should you choose to). 

boody.com.au

P.E Nation

 

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The brainchild of co-founders Pip Edwards and Claire Tregoning almost needs no introduction. Since its launch in 2016, the label has made waves at home and abroad for its nostalgic ’90s streetwear and athleisure styles that fuse fashion with function. P.E Nation bike shorts champion lively digital prints and squat-proof fabrics that take you from studio to street.

pe-nation.com

The Upside

 

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Trust Jodhi Meares, fashion alumni and long-time yogi, to design bike shorts you’ll want to workout in. After creating and later selling the iconic Australian label Tigerlily, Meares later founded The Upside after noticing a gap in the athleisure scene. According to Meares, her time in Hawaii taught her that exercise should be fun and never taken too seriously, and this ethos is certainly referenced in the label’s choice of colours, fabrics and silhouettes.

theupside.com.au

All Fenix

 

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Founded by Melbourne-based couple Georgia and Jason, All Fenix was conceived in 2015 with sampling and small production runs originally manufactured in Footscray. In an effort to reduce its impact on the environment, the brand uses recycled polyester to craft its high-performance bike shorts which are designed for both high impact activities (running) and low impact activities (brunching).

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Gorman

 

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Did somebody say dopamine dressing? Lisa Gorman’s eponymous label is one of the most iconic in the fashion industry, both domestically and across the ditch. Known for its limited-edition, arty and abstract prints, Gorman’s range now includes bike shorts for both women and children that inject a bit of fun into the everyday. 

gormanshop.com.au

Reliqua Collective

A cult Australian label best known for its accessories, Reliqua Collective is composed of a number of brands that stand firm in the global fashion scene: Reliquia Jewellery, Valet Studio, Respiro, and most recently an apparel brand, Blanca. Having launched in the first half of 2020, Blanca further diversifies the Reliqua umbrella and includes a number of refined staples (think relaxed shirting, textured bike shorts and smock dresses).

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Hara

 

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Sustainability is Hara’s guiding principle, which is perfectly captured in the Hindi translation of the name, meaning ‘green’. After travelling to India and seeing firsthand how harmful fashion manufacturing practices are (often at the expense of people’s wellbeing and our planet’s resources), Allie Cameron founded Hara to make a more positive mark on the industry. Her collection of bike shorts is made ethically in Australia using certified bamboo fabric and natural plant dyes. 

harathelabel.com.au

By Johnny

 

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Sydney-based label By Johnny has cemented its spot in the industry since its launch in 2009. The brand is centred around trans-seasonal and timeless styles and its thick-ribbed knit bike shorts are no exception – designed to elevate the everyday. 

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Indigo Luna

 

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Dedicated to slow creation, Indigo Luna was first imagined in Victoria’s coastal town of Torquay and later brought to life by a small, woman-run factory in Bali. Production runs are deliberately made in low quantities (to avoid having deadstock left at the end of each season), and the label’s yoga collection is made from Certified Organic Cotton as part of its mission to ensure that no life (either human or plant) is exploited as part of its manufacturing practices.

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