The cyclist, from the Tour de France peloton to the reality stars

Wax dolls lined up according to the color of their skin, dressed in cycling suits nus ultra tight sculpting the shapes of the models. The Skims lingerie brand of the famous Kim Kardashian feel free to stage this piece at their online retail site, which we thought was limited to the wardrobe of our old uncle, a fan of the bike.

And this return to grace owes nothing to chance. Know this, in 2022, the cyclist is back in force. And to keep up with the times, she plays second-hand, doesn’t give up on comfort, but wants to be sexy. Which is far from always the case.

The sequel after the announcement

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Because before landing in the closet of reality starlets, these skinny pants cut at the knee have a sporting history that owes little to fashion. According to Rozenn Meignant, artistic director of Promostyle’s sports notebook, this is, first and foremost, a basic short film that we discover when the two-wheeled vehicle became popular in the 1960s. our television watching the Tour de France. the riders pass …

It was not until the 1980s, and the heyday of sportswear, that cycling shorts left the sports sphere. In the 90s, style “sport” (contraction of “athlete » i “leisure” in English), then fashionable, perfected this trend, and the athletic image of New York messengers crossing the city in shorts fitted to their bicycles replaced that of the brave yellow jerseys: “CIt was revolutionary at the time to have a piece that was both sexy and a premise of sportswear in the way it was worn. Then, the cyclist left the world of the Tour de France, with his side Poulidor. recalls Vincent Grégoire, creative director of NellyRodi.

In the mid-1990s, Princess Lady Di even made it an essential part of her wardrobe, and needless to say, it later became an essential part of every wardrobe: “In the beginning, the cyclist was fashionable among the elites. Then, it is found everywhere in the popular and widespread version, in all bodies seeking comfort, including bodies considered out of the ordinary, modeling imperfect bodies. sums up Vincent Grégoire.

The sequel after the announcement

Lady Di, leaving her London Sports Club, November 20, 1995 (Photo by Johnny EGGITT / AFP)

The “fashionable” cyclist is behind us, the era of the nerdy cyclist has begun. For Rozenn Meignant, the fashion for mountain biking, which includes brands such as Schott and Specialize, bury him for a while. Then the clothes become more covered: “Let’s leave the years of fitness, fluorescent and sports to get into grunge” deciphers the specialist.

The cyclist will reappear on the catwalks in 2018 during the Prada or Fendi Spring-Summer 2019 parades. And for good reason, the costumes of the 80s then signify his great return, accompanied by this trend sports which consists of wearing their sportswear IRL (“in real life”). Adopted by fashion icons Bella Hadid, brothers Kardashian-Jenner, Emily Ratajkowski and Chiara Ferragni, the tight shorts are back on track and will stay there.

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Comfort and restraint

Because one of the first virtues of the cyclist is his comfort. “The cyclist is the piece of clothing I’ve worn the most in my life” launches Alexandra Rosenfeld, 35, a teacher at yoga and new ambassador for Circle, an eco-responsible sports brand. According to its co-founder Solène Roure: “Once you’ve tasted the comfort, you don’t want to go back. This trend is not ready to disappear.

The sequel after the announcement

In fact, after a confinement that broke all the rules of office life, this piece meets all the squares of the lounge clothes, this style that consists of wearing comfortable clothes away from home, while still being elegant. A trend that erupted with Covid:

“Loungewear is basically an underwear. Brands wondered how to stay stylish while maintaining the comfort of your old pajamas, especially if you have video conferencing.” played by Rozenn Meignant.The revenge of the “house clothes”

Americans, who have a word for everything, call itoptimism (as opposed tointimacy, privacy). Basically, it’s about wearing underwear, babydoll type, outside. “And the cyclist is the very symbol of the underwear we want to wear outside without worrying about conventions” analyzed by Vincent Grégoire.

The eco-responsible brand Circle offers a cyclist for women, also bought by men.  And it will market a male model in September
The eco-responsible brand Circle offers a cyclist for women, also bought by men. And it will market a male model in September

According to fashion sociologist Emilie Coutant, her connection to sport is not negligible in this renaissance either: “Clothes allow you to show what you do. Today we put on clothes to show what sport we do, how we take care of ourselves to be known and recognized ”. And point out that the association between this piece of sportswear and more “class” contributed to its acceptance. Even to make it sexy.

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Nabilla

And this is one of the paradoxes of the current cyclist, this mix between comfort and sexy. Thus, when the former reality star, Nabilla Vergara, appears, pregnant, with a high-waisted cyclist, her followers on Instagram applaud both a comfortable dress that emphasizes an advanced pregnancy, and her sexy side. A mix that can be found in the articles of the inclusive lingerie brand Skims launched in 2019 by fashion priestess Kim Kardashian: high waist, second skin effect, in beige, brown or black, in asymmetrical or full version, its cyclists they are designed. for all silhouettes -whether XXS or 5XL-, for all skin colors, for all styles. But they are still glamorous!

A trend that does not surprise sociologist Emilie Coutant: “ Today we adopt this type of piece – a cyclist or a crop top – either because it suits us, or to vindicate body positivism. ». Emerging on social media in 2018, this movement has come to break the standards of beauty (thin body, smooth skin …) imposing a new freedom to be as we are, with its shapes, its vitiligo, its acne … and its rolls that show naturally under your cyclist. Well, almost … Because, as is often the case, transparency has its limits:

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“We try to structure the body, model it, structure it. There have never been so many cuts to highlight the body, correct defects by lifting the buttocks and breasts … without looking for perfection for all this ” edited by Vincent Grégoire.

As proof, there are many brands that sell structural models, consisting of a slimming cover, or capable, by optical effect, of getting fatter buttocks. Like what, even as a cyclist, it’s not easy to get out of the dictates of beauty.

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