‘Game-changing’ fix to sausage leg problem
While the vast majority of us can't wait to see the back of 2020, there's one element of this year that will be sticking around for good - teeny tiny shorts.
It might seem like the unlikeliest fashion trend considering most of us have been cooped up inside for a large chuck of time, living in comfy clothes for months - but according to several leading fitness brands, shoppers have been buying the skin-tight pants in record numbers.
"Bike shorts saw a resurgence this year largely due to the demand for athleisure and a 'comfort-first' wardrobe," Vera Yan, who co-owns Bondi-based activewear brand Nimble, told news.com.au.
"We first launched our bike shorts last year and they sold out almost instantly.
"This season they are the hero of each collection and offer an alternative to our popular leggings."
Nimble - whose clothing is made using recycled bottles pulled from the ocean - have designed its shorts with a "game-changing" feature to avoid a common complaint people have.
"Our customers have found the laser cut styles we make are a game changer as they don't ride up and the uniqueness of the design means there's no sausage leg," Ms Yan said.
The material is also super breathable and "buttery soft" - a detail that has proved very popular with shoppers on Instagram.
One set, the brand's polka dot print, comes with a matching bra and dog leash and is being snapped all over social media.
Others share photos of themselves out for brunch and out on bush walks in the garment, proving how versatile the item is.
In another nod to the popularity of the style, the brand's second collaboration with The Iconic also stars a pair of $79 bike shorts, showing just how mainstream the once "daring" trend has become.
Another Australian brand who has experienced a huge demand for the skimpy activewear piece is STAX who have seen the Lycra gym-favourite sell out again and again.
As a result, the activewear brand born in Perth is releasing yet another pair of the short shorts on Boxing Day, this time in a trendy tie-dye print.
"We've even seen a few boys rocking them so we're working on making them a men's item too," Matilda Murray, the brand's co-owner, told news.com.au, adding the celebrity-style garment has "proven to be extremely popular, both inside and outside the gym".
Earlier this year Ms Murray revealed a collection of grey shorts - which retail for $54.95 - had earned $250,000 in minutes. While a second seamless collection which went on sale in November and had matching "secret" G-string undies to go with them netted the brand over $1 million.
"It just shows, bike shorts are here to stay," Ms Murray said.
Other Australian brands that have jumped on the bike-short bandwagon include high-street store Glassons, budget discount retailer Kmart and scrunch-bum creators Echt.
Even gyms have got in on the action, such as cycling studio Cycology Club in Sydney's Surry Hills which launched its own branded bike shorts for members and cult-fitness chain Barry's Bootcamp.
However, not all gyms welcomed the risqué fitness garment with open arms, as one Sydney woman discovered earlier this year.
Gabi Goddard from Hornsby was wearing a pair of grey bike shorts and a black crop top at a gym when she said she was approached by a member of staff and asked to go home and "change" before she could continue her workout.
The 27-year-old claimed the employee was concerned she was showing "too much skin" in front of a class of schoolkids who were also using the same fitness facility.
It later emerged Gabi had mistakenly been wearing a pair of "scrunch bum" shorts - which are deliberately designed to accentuate the body's natural figure - inside out, writing on Instagram it was "probably what the problem was all along".
However her story sparked outrage with many arguing gyms shouldn't be able to police what women wear for workouts.
Originally published as 'Game-changing' fix to sausage leg problem