Basic Bird Shorts

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High compression fabric meets a streamlined design in the new Basic Bird Shorts. Minimal seams means better fit and comfort, and a wide waistband with 2-in-1 secure rear pocket allows you to easily store items on the go. 5" inseam across all sizes. Also available in a 9" inseam in the Basic Bird Long Shorts.

• High rise styling with wide fit waistband
• 2 in 1 center back waistband pocket, with drop in pocket and secure zipper pocket
• 5" inseam across all sizes


• Basic Bird fabric (recycled polyester / spandex)

Learn more on our Fabrics page.

At Oiselle, our vision is to help all women feel strong and free through the joy of running. Our mission is to design great product, build the sisterhood, and improve the sport. May we all experience the transformative power of sports and community.

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
So happy about the Basic Bird Shorts!

I was SO happy when Oiselle came out with the Basic Bird Tights (last fall?) - they are more minimal in terms of side seams and extra - just a really simple design and nice high waist! Also, in a fabric I was more excited about - lighter than some of the other bottoms fabrics I've tried from them, but not as "slick" feeling as the lighter ones they offer. LOVE! As soon as I saw their was a Shorts version I had to scoop up a pair! I ordered size 2 and 4, and honestly like both of them. I ordered both sizes in the tights, too. For reference, I wear a 24/25 in denim and typically wear both sizes 2 and 4 in Oiselle bottoms. I don't know my measurements, but hopefully that helps!

Magic Shorts

I love the Basic Bird ⅞ Tights, so these were a no-brainer for spring/summer. They offer more compression than Plya shorts–like O-Mazing, and less compression than Nyelle–like Pocket Joggers, which is the perfect amount for me! They fit like a glove and stay perfectly in place all run long.

One thing to note is that the waistband comes up really high on these, especially if you’re petite or have a short torso. I’m 5’ 2” and these come up to my ribcage, but the waistband is so comfy and elastic-free that I don’t really mind. For reference, my waist measurement is 27” and my hip measurement is 37” and I bought a size 4.