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Yesterday began just like any other day. Kim Kardashian West woke up. Kim Kardashian West rifled through her closet for a Monica Rose-approved outfit to wear. Kim Kardashian West took a casual meeting at Snapchat. But yesterday, unlike any other day, Kim Kardashian West wore … bike shorts. As in literal, wear-to-SoulCycle, might-actually-just-be-Spanx bike shorts. She finished off her look with velvet Gianvito Rossi heels and a very expensive Enfants Riches Déprimés leather jacket.
Considering Kim’s (and her stylist’s) predilection for all things body-con and ‘90s-inspired, however, maybe her shorts aren't actually that shocking. After all, if leggings are now considered an appropriate pants substitute, why not bike shorts as their summery counterpart? Plus, it’s not like this is the first time Kim’s worn spandex bottoms in public. Remember this body-con romper (is it a romper, even?!) she wore with a fur coat back in March?
Honestly, there are worse trends to start than cycling shorts paired with absurdly luxurious outerwear. Just ... maybe don't let Kanye share in the fun on this one, okay, Kim? I don't think any of us are ready to see Yeezy in skintight shorts.