I tried these $18 high-rise shorts with 20,000 reviews — and I get the hype

The shaping waistband is comfortable and supportive.
woman wearing bike yoga shorts
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Gone are the days when bike shorts were reserved for 20-mile bike rides or Lance Armstrong. Bike shorts caused a ton of buzz when they first hit the runway again a few years back and have since taken the fashion world by storm.

While working from home every day, I am partial to finding outfits that are comfortable yet fashionable and not just “zoom-ready” from the waist up. I learned early on during quarantine that in order to spark my motivation, it is crucial to get up every morning and get dressed. Bike shorts have been an easy and flattering go-to in order to accomplish this. In searching for a new versatile pair of shorts to add to my collection, I found the Baleaf High-Waist Biker Yoga Shorts with over 20,000 positive reviews — so I just had to give them a try!

Baleaf High-Waist Biker Yoga Shorts

The fit is comfortable and supportive

The fit is by far the best attribute of the shorts. They are made of 87% polyester and 13% spandex, so they have a soft and stretchy feel. This material combo made me secure knowing that there was no chance of a “see-through” wardrobe malfunction. I have a curvy body type and these shorts definitely help lift and squeeze everything in and up and not in an uncomfortable way! When purchasing pants, anything high-waisted is always my first choice. I also own a pair of designer shapewear biker shorts and the fit and support are very comparable to this more affordable Baleaf pair.

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They have pockets!

When I used these shorts for working out, running, yoga or hiking, the pocket came in clutch! There are three different pockets, including one large pocket on each side and a smaller one in the top seam at the waist. I found the small pocket to be perfect for sliding in a credit card or your AirPods case during a workout. The two larger pockets were just the right size to securely hold my iPhone.

There are multiple lengths to choose from

To all my curvy ladies, these shorts are the ideal length to prevent any rubbing on the inner thigh. I tried these bad boys out under a dress and they concealed any bumps and lumps while simultaneously keeping me irritation-free. I went with the 8-inch inseam in black (2-inch and 5-inch inseams are also available in over a dozen colors) which fell right above the knee as the optimal length for protection against that awful thigh chafe.

Whether I am lounging in athleisure or working from home, these shorts have helped me to stay comfortable, relaxed and on-trend. My WFH uniform is definitely one tiny perk that gives me something to smile about in 2020.

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