It’s been ages since I’ve posted any personal style. One of the reasons is that here in San Francisco, our seasons don’t really match up with the rest of the Northern Hemisphere. Our Summer was chilly (and often foggy). And then right after the Equinox, the temperature soared and everyone lost their minds a little bit and hit the beach. But it didn’t seem right to post a picture of me in a sundress while the rest of the country was wrapping their brain around the concept of “sweater weather.”
So I’ve been sitting on this outfit since early June. The grey wool jacket and tights combo just make more sense for Fall inspiration, don’t you think?
This is a pretty typical outfit configuration for me: novelty print top, A-line skirt, snazzy jacket, and a pair of tights. Here in SF it’s actually a year-round look. We’re just regularly temperatured like that, okay?
And I’ve usually got my trusty leather satchel with me as a run bike errands around town. My helmet is from Giro. Tights are from American Apparel.
I can’t help it! Pattern-mixing makes me smile. So does matching my shoes to my bag (just my inner Southern girl coming out).
If you’re wondering how to bike in a skirt and protect your dignity, check out these posts for my tips and tricks. You’ll never (unintentionally) flash someone again!
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.
Suck it, San Francisco. New York City is quickly becoming the greatest biking city in the US. And of course it has the best bike fashion.
While in New York this Spring, Kelly captured this lovely woman in her black brocade coat. It’s by Desigual and happens to be on sale until Saturday morning. Hurry up and get it. Fall is just around the corner.
I love how she matched her red pumps to her red step-through. Cole Haan’s reflective heels would be perfect for this day-to-evening outfit. Here’s how to get the rest of her look:
The Anjou Vélo Vintage bicycle ride had more amazing vintage outfit ideas than I could capture. But I was lucky enough to snap a photo or two as this lovely French teenager rode by.
She manages to look both vintage and modern. The secret is that her hair isn’t over-styled. Instead she lets her lovely curls act naturally.
It’s refreshing because American girls are always straightening their hair. In France and Italy, women and girls – even men and boys – wear their curls untamed.
Otherwise her outfit is quite pulled together. Her lipstick matches her beret (yes! French people really do wear berets all the time). And her belt, handbag, and shoes match her bike and digital camera.
Bonus points for making socks and sandals look cool.
Here’s how to get the look yourself:
The search for a cool bike helmet is never-ending. A stylish head-protector can enhance your outfit. And help you feel more comfortable as you ride this Summer.
Fortunately, there are a lot of pretty lids out there. But only if you know where to look. I went digging through the current options to find my top 9 picks for a cool bike helmet. My favorite shape is the smooth dome style, with or without a brim.
I also wanted to make sure that all of the helmets could be ordered through Amazon, for your convenience.
And finally, color is key. For that, I turned to the experts: Pantone. Specifically, the Summer 2013 color guide for Beauty.
That means you can match your helmet to your favorite nail wraps. Or even your eyeshadow. Paying attention to the details that will pull your whole look together.
9 Cool Bike Helmets for Summer 2013
1. Yakkay Helmet in Tokyo-Rose
Yakkay Brand helmets come with a base and interchangeable cover. The Tokyo Rose version looks like a brimmed hat and comes in a flattering blush and grey color story.
2. Pryme 8 V2 Helmet in Champagne
The rosé Champagne shade of this Pryme helmet would be just as pretty as a nail polish. This helmet boasts thirteen vents to keep you cool, but doesn’t sacrifice style.
“Where can I find a cool bike helmet?” That’s the number one question that readers ask me. The search for a good-looking, comfortable helmet is never-ending. Fortunately, more and more designers are responding to the need for stylish helmets.
I was recently contacted by Closca Helmets. It’s a young company that has developed a very clever folding helmet with interchangeable covers. They recently launched a Kickstarter campaign where you can pre-order a helmet and cover for $70.
The compact design is easy to stash in a backpack or tote bag. Which is perfect if you Continue reading