I’ve posted before, a little superciliously some might say, about what to wear on a bike ride. A lot of fashion bloggers have gotten slack about not showcasing their helmets in their bike-related outfit posts, but responded with the excuse that helmets are ugly and therefore not featured, but are still a part of their daily bicycle commute.
To which I say–screw it. To get an honest-to-god photo of what I look like on a bike, I once again travel back in time to when David (my sweet Monsieur) and I had a picnic planned in a park after work. I biked there, and he had his camera. The verdict?
I’ve found that almost everything I have in my wardrobe works for biking. Most importantly, of course, is my helmet. I also find that I can wear my skirts and dresses while biking, and the process for deciding what works how is easy, as long as you follow a few simple rules.
First, invest in a pair of biking shorts. These will save you a lot of grief. Also, if you’re like me and wear tights with everything, you should note that darker, more opaque pairs have a similar effect as biking shorts for all intents and purposes.
Furthermore, if you’re planning on wearing a skirt or dress on a bike ride that you haven’t tested before, it’s good to build in enough time to test it out for a block or so before really heading out. I write this rule as words of caution, and less from personal experience, because every now and then I would find myself biking to work and resorting to biking one-handed while my other hand frantically tucked the hem of my skirt under my bum ever ten seconds. Those were the days I’d walk my bike home and feel really silly.
To see what the other girls participating in What to Wear are wearing on their bikes, by all means check out these links. I promise, you won’t be disappointed!
Adriana: Horses of Ares
Sondra: Abhaya Yoga
Dorien: Bodacious Thought
Sarah: Exploring Woods
Katherine: thinkin’ outloud
Amanda: Salvaged Strawberry
Lisa: lala faux bois