Recently, a loyal Office Pretty reader asked us for tips for bike commuters. Given that I am married to a man who loves his bikes almost as much as he loves his wife, I figured I am qualified to share a few of my commuting favorites.
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It’s always an option to wear cycling clothes on your ride in and change when you arrive, but what’s the fashion challenge in that? And… what if you need to ride to a meeting mid-day? The outfits above are both Office Pretty and bike friendly.
Here are our tips for commuting to the office in style:
- Consider purchasing an office appropriate messenger bag or cross-body bag, like the two pictured above. It’s a hands-free way to pack a purse and squeeze in a cardigan if your office calls for a more modest look.
- Try slender-cut cropped pants. Shorter pants won’t get caught in the chainring the way that full length or wide-leg slacks can.
- Invest in a pair of comfortable and rubber-soled, high-quality flats, like these by Cole Haan. Not only are the soles filled with Nike Air, the strap ensures they won’t fly off on your ride. Wearing a shoe like this on the bike means you don’t have to remember to bring a change of shoes to the office. We’d hate for you to forget your change of shoes and end up having to wear you tennis shoes all day 😉
- Wear a cotton tank with a feminine detail that you can cover with a cardigan or blazer. The floral print and ruffle detail on the tank featured above ($17!) help dress the look up. Or, try an embellished t-shirt. Embellished t-shirts, like the one above, have the comfort of a tee but look more formal in the office.
- If you are serious about commuting by bike, buy a bike with fenders and a rack. Fenders help keep you dry and a rack let’s you store additional items without having to wear a backpack. (I think we can all admit backpacks are notorious back sweat instigators.) Don’t have a bike? Lucky for us, Denver has the amazing B-Cycle program.
- Last but not least, wear a helmet – duh. A good hair day is totally not worth a head injury.
Happy and safe riding! (That goes out to all our bike commuters and also to Franck Schleck, my pick to take the Tour.)
P.S. (Disclaimer, Office Pretty is not responsible if any piece of clothing gets caught in your bike or if your shoes fly off. Did I mention that my husband is also a lawyer?)