The night before the Anjou Vélo Vintage ride, the festival organizers held a vintage style pageant. The winners of the Concours d’Élégance (like this lovely lady) received giant bottles of local
champagne sparkling wine. And the satisfaction of knowing they beat out hundreds of other wanna-bes.
Happy Friday! Get your weekend relax on with these must read links.
⚀ Does it feel like Fall yet? Keep your fingers warm and DIY yourself a pair of ultra-chic fingerless gloves using this handy how-to. Via fashionable bike shop Eleanor’s NYC.
⚁ Those inspiring Danes. Despite being taller than everyone else, they’ll still rock a pair of six inch heels. In the rain. While riding a bike. Gotta love them. Via Copenhagen Cycle Chic.
⚂ Have you ever wondered about the difference between Cycle Chic and Cycle Style? (Maybe that’s just me.) This double book review attempts to break it down. Via the archives of Cool Hunting.
⚃ Biking in the US, from a Dutch perspective: in brief, we’re doing it wrong :( Via Bicycle Dutch.
⚄ What do you think about grey nail polish? It sounds cadaverous, but it’s actually lovely! (Bonus points for showing off her mani with a gorgeous bike.) Via A Cup of Jo.
⚅ Are you a self-identifying female person that rides a bike? A USA Cycling would like your feedback. Take their survey here.
Have you tried biking in heels? I’m continuously inspired by the bonkers style of Melissa, the shoe company that forges high fashion and pop culture references while striving for zero-waste production.
(By the way, My Habit is having a flash sale of Melissa heels and flats right now! It’s the perfect excuse to snap up a pair or two. In my experience, they fit true to size. I’ve got my eye on these gold beauties.)
The eco-conscious Brazilian brand teamed up with fashionable compatriot – and Marc Jacobs ex – Lorenzo Martone on a window display in the New York outpost of Galeria Melissa.
In 2013 Lorenzo, a Marketing director with strong ties in the fashion industry, launched Martone Cycling Co. The line of stylish city bikes are designed for urbanites that find themselves storing bikes in their living rooms, amongst other objets d’art.
The guiding inspiration is that the bikes are an extension of personal style. They come in five fashion friendly colors.
With a decidely un-sporty aesthetic, the bikes are nearly monochromatic – except for the bright red chain, surely a nod to the distinctive red soles of a pair of Christian Louboutin heels.
Of course a fabulous party was held to celebrate the “Be Melissa” themed window display on September 14. Shockingly, I was not in attendance. I didn’t even get an invitation!
I mean, was there ever a Bike Prettier event? Is there any other way to Be Melissa than to wear something fabulous (preferably red) and bike around town? I practically wrote the
book blog on how to Be Melissa!
But even without my presence, it looked like a swell shindig. And I’m happy to see anything that gets more people dressing up and riding bikes.
In addition to a goody bag of cycle chic essentials [Jealous! – ed.] partygoers received a customized bike map of NYC.
While searching NYFW street style photos for yesterday’s post, I came across these shots from the Menswear 2014 shows back in June. I always look forward to the images that come from Milan’s Fashion Week and Pitti Uomo in Florence.
Everyone seems to be having so much fun. And the way the men wear their fabulous suits so casually. Brings back memories of how boy-crazy we were as students at FIT in Florence. Wandering the exhibition halls of the Fortezza Da Basso once a year was an out of body experience.
Naturally Kelly and I would ride our granny bikes to Pitti Uomo. Not sure if we mastered the effortless chic you see here, but we did our best to represent.
Happy Friday the Thirteenth! Forget about trying to work today. It will probably go terribly awry. Save yourself the trouble and check out these links instead.
✍ Sweet Georgia Brown takes on Cycle Chic shame and ponders if fashion can be feminist.
♕ “I love being wealthy. I do. I can buy things for my parents, I can give to homeless people in the street. I can take a cab. I can have a bike in Paris, London and New York.” An interview with Artist-Designer Andre Walker on how luxury brands are selling a scam (but it doesn’t have to be that way).
✪ This profile of Baltimore Bike Party perfectly sums up bike party culture.
✂ Is biking the next surfing? I mean, can Rapha turn bike culture into a lifestyle brand (like Quiksilver) and sell a whole bunch of jeans in the process?
✺ On principle, I detest art made out of re-purposed bike parts. But the Ballroom Luminoso project is so gorgeous, I have to make an exception.
❀ Sally of Already Pretty swears by washing her face with Grapeseed oil instead of soap. Turns out that a whole bunch of people are treating their acne by swapping commercial cleansers for organic oils.
☞ The adorable Rachel P. takes on Helmet Hair and wins. Check out her how-to on xovain.com.
⚉ The New York Times’ video series On the Street with Bill Cunningham never fails to charm. Here he covers the power of pajama pants, then takes us on a (bike) ride through New York history. If he can’t get you to crack a smile, then you probably don’t have human feelings. I’m sorry.
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.
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.
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.
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:
I hate the dorky length of most bike shorts. The Low-Rise Spankie solves this with a minimal three inch inseam. It’s still gives plenty of butt-cheek coverage (and I have plenty of butt-cheek) but it doesn’t show under short skirts. The padding is great if you’re a new rider, or if you’re going far. I also wear them for spin class, but the crotch pillow is overkill for my daily riding. Fortunately, they also come without padding. More colors are available here. Pro tip: padded shorts are best worn without panties.
2. American Apparel Mesh Bloomer
Bring back the bloomer! I wear these lace-trimmed shorts the most. The mesh is thin and breathable. And it’s really comfy to have a dignity protector that is loose-fitting. Like magic, these don’t add any bulk to your silhouette. Wear them under a skirt and over your undies. The lace trim is so cute that you won’t mind it peeking out. Black provides the best coverage. Beige is great for wearing with light-colored sundresses.
When I search for new dignity protector styles, I try to think outside the box. Shapewear and inexpensive stretch pants open up a lot of possibilities. Like these nylon/spandex leggings on Ultimate Outlet. The smooth fabric lets skirts slide freely. And the lace inset is super pretty. Leave them as-is, or hem them to a shorter length.
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.