New York Fashion Week By Bike

The craziness that is New York Fashion Week starts September 5. Which has Style.com wondering if the Citi Bike will emerge as the season’s hottest street style accessory.

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The super obvious answer is “Of course!” The Citi Bike is already the hottest accessory. Ever. But it seems like the editors of Style.com need a little bit convincing:

Drawbacks? Not to be indelicate but sweat, for one. And then there’s the necessity of a bike-friendly outfit–though that never seems to slow down such Parisian velo vixens as Catherine Baba.

Sweat: not a big deal. Sure, September in New York can be balmy. Walk a few blocks in the late summer heat and you might find yourself perspiring glowing. Unlike pounding the pavement, riding a bike is not something to get all hot and bothered about. Ride slow and easy and you’ll still get there faster than walking or waiting in traffic taking a taxi. You’ll keep cool(er) in your self-generated breeze.

And if you’re really worried about sweat, I have an old-fashioned trick. Apply disposable dress-shields to the inside of your top. These absorb moisture and block the sweat from seeping through. If disposables aren’t your thing, try this camisole with built-in pit pads.

Bike-friendly outfit: with very few exceptions, you can bike in almost anything. For some fashion week inspiration, peruse last year’s Milan Fashion Week post and Catherine Baba’s greatest hits.  And it’s definitely time to rock your heels. It’s way easier to bike in your stilettos than it is to walk in them. Just make sure you keep the ball of your foot on the pedal.

We’re still waiting for high-fashion helmet, though…

The wait is over. Sawako Furuno’s helmets in Crocodile and Leopard are chic enough for even the snootiest of fashion bloggers.

I’m super excited for the street style shots from the upcoming New York Fashion Week. Can’t wait to see tons of amazing bike fashion on display.

In the meantime, here’s a look at what stylish New Yorkers are currently wearing to ride around town: Continue reading

Bike In A Skirt: The Pencil Skirt Challenge

Want to try riding a bike in a skirt? Why, it’s perfectly easy UNLESS YOU WANT TO WEAR A PENCIL SKIRT.

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Listen, I’ll wear almost anything and ride my bike, but a pencil skirt? No effing way. You see, the tight fit through the thighs makes it impossible to actually pedal my bike. I know this from experience. Bitter, bitter experience.

The few times I attempted to wear such a fitted skirt while biking to school were a complete and utter failure. The first time, I tore the back vent and I was late to class. (But since it was fashion school, I was able to mend it right then and there.)

The second time, I ended up hiking the skirt up to my hips (coverage was provided by my trusty dignity protectors, thankyouverymuch). I was able to ride at normal speedy speed, but once I arrived, I had to hop off my bike and shimmy my skirt back into place. Kinda made for an awkward impression. Not to mention the necessity of pulling my skirt up when it was time to bike home. Yikes.

So I gave up my dream of wearing a pencil skirt. Too fussy and impractical. You really can’t have it all, I told myself.

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Enter Ann DeOtte Kaufman the designer behind Iva Jean, a line of fashionable biking basics. Turns out she’s figured out how to make a bike-able pencil skirt.

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The secret of the Reveal Skirt is a zipper that goes along the center back. Unzipping it exposes your undies extra fabric. Fabric that was there the whole time! All of a sudden you have the legroom to pedal as fast as you possibly can. Genius.

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Learn more about the other bike-suitable features of the Reveal Skirt here and explore the rest of the Iva Jean line too.

Helmet: Giro Surface Multi-Sport Helmet | Shirt: Vintage pajama top, similar to this | Belt: American Apparel Wide Elastic Belt | Bag: Bike Pretty Satchel, designed by me | Skirt: Iva Jean Reveal Skirt | Stockings: American Apparel Back Seam Pantyhose | Shoes: from Milan,  similar to Two-tone Spectator Pumps by Marni

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There’s A Bike In It: Vividly, Art & Fashion

I love seeing bikes in fashion photo shoots. Especially for products that don’t have anything cycle-specific about them. Like this shot from Vividly, a line that marries art and fashion and a new-fangled printing technique.

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Did you know that I am a huge nerd? To be precise, I am a digitally-printed textile nerd.

You guys!! Digitally printed fabric is so cool! I studied it in Fashion School. Imagine a giant ink-jet printer connected to a giant roll of white material. Designers can print any image they like onto fabric, just as if it were paper.

I was researching where I could have my own designs printed. Instead I found Vividly and fell in love with their concept. You can shop the site for cute tanks and scarves featuring original work submitted by artists. Or you can submit your own design and let other people shop for it.

If a design proves popular enough (based on pre-orders) it is digitally printed, sewn up, and shipped out.
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I always lose track of time when I’m browsing the site. It’s cool to see how a basic tank can have so many different moods depending on the print. Click here to learn more about Vividly.

Bike In A Skirt: What To Wear Under There

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Let me apologize. I may have flashed you at some point.

I didn’t mean to. Honestly, all I was trying to do was stop by Sephora on my way home from the office.

You see, I dress for my destination. I don’t alter my outfit just because I’m riding a bike. If I want to wear a dress with an A-line skirt (like this one), I wear it. Since I am appropriately dressed for 99.9% of the moments in that day, I just round up.

But my bike’s not a step-through. (I would love to own one but I don’t have the storage space.) So there are these awkward moments when I swing my leg over my top tube, right before I get on the saddle and pedal away.

Let me be clear, I’m not trying to flash you. I take precautions. Like when I’m getting on, I’ll lean my bike towards me so that I don’t have to lift my leg as high. But stray breezes happen. A skirt can have a mind of its own.

So when I’m riding a bike and wearing a skirt or dress – i.e. most days – I rely on my trusty Dignity Protectors.

Here are three options for dignity protectors to wear when you bike in a skirt:

1. Spankie Low Rise Padded Bike Short

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2. American Apparel Mesh Bloomer
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3. Shapewear Leggings with Lace Detail

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And finally, I don’t give a flying carbon fork about what you choose to wear under your skirt. If you want to bare it all, go for it. But if you’re not riding because you’re worried about a wardrobe malfunction, try picking out a pair of dignity protectors and enjoy the sweet freedom of riding a bike.

There’s A Bike In It: Miu Miu Fall Winter 2013

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Expertly posed by Emily Di Donato, a model with high-profile experience in bike fashion. Shot by Inez & Vinoodh, a duo that has been challenging fashion photography since 1986 (link NSFW).  According to their Instagram account, those are the personal bikes of the photographer duo.

Bonus: Adriana Lima on a bike. I’d always thought of her as a cheesecake Victoria’s Secret model, but she looks moody and intriguing when she’s all covered up.

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The campaign’s video is quirky and fun. Much more light-hearted than the images make you think.

The soundtrack is awesome. Guaranteed to get stuck in your head. In a good way. Unfortunately the bikes are barely visible (but it’s still worth watching).

Georgia May Jagger, daughter of Jerry Hall and Mick Jagger, also shows up. Somehow she makes a pink polka-dotted trench look like a wise investment. Click through for the rest of the campaign. Continue reading