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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 online, 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. The Bostonian by Bandbox Helmets
Bandbox helmets come with a base and interchangeable cover. The Bostonian version looks like a 1920s style cloche hat and comes in a flattering peachy tan accented by a grey ostrich feather.
Dusky china blue is a versatile alternative to basic black. This ultra-chic shade goes with everything and keeps you looking cool.
As the name implies, this is a classic style choice for a bike commuter. Clean lines and the celeste color will get you noticed for all the right reasons.4. Pryme 8 V2 Helmet in Lilac
The pale purple 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.5. Bell Multi-Sport Helmet in Gold Flake 5000
For those who like to put a little bit of rock into their roll, this gold sparkly helmet from Bell looks like something David Bowie would have worn in his Aladdin Sane period. It's all part of your freaky dream. Comes with straps (not shown.)
For those with quietly elegant tastes, this helmet is made for you. The understated styling and clean, crisp lines look great on and off the bike. At only 430 grams, the SAHN weighs less than similar models from Giro and Bern.
The twill weave of this fabric-covered helmet from Lazer resembles your favorite pair of cut-off jeans. And the blue-gray color is just as versatile. Wear this style with anything.8. Bell Fraction Multi-Sport Helmet in Purple
One of the highest rated helmets on this list. Bell consistently offers great color and style at an even better price. This violet-hued multi-sport helmet is precisely on-trend. And yes – although they aren't shown above – it comes with straps.
And last, but certainly not least, I had to show you this lovely floral helmet from Japanese-by-way-of-London brand Sawako Furono. I adore the menswear-inspired plaid detail. The pale chartreuse color is freshly feminine.
Learn more about proper helmet fit with Cyclechic's illustrated Helmet Guide.
And did you know that some cycling advocates--especially the founder of Copenhagen Cycle Chic, Mikael Colville-Andersen--are against wearing bicycle helmets? Read Elly Blue's thorough write-up on the helmet debate here.