I'm so excited to share Lizzy Fallow's guide to biking with style. She works for Timbuk2 in San Francisco and has been biking to work every single day for four years—and stylishly to boot (she'll even throw on a pair short shorts under a dress). Below is her guide to biking with style in different seasons, with links at the bottom. Thanks for sharing, Lizzy!
RIDING WITH STYLE AND COMFORT
By Lizzy Fallows
Contrary to popular belief, bike commuting does not plunge you into a disheveled, sweaty, or even sporty existence. In four years of riding in San Francisco, a city that’s never cold enough to be cold and never warm enough to be warm, I’ve learned to ride like I want to. I’m always prepped for the cold, ready to one-hand-unzip in transitional weather, and bare bare arms on the hot days—in fabrics and silhouettes that do not scream cycling. Given thoughtful dress and preparation, no one should know you’ve bike-commuted. Use the grid below to functionally ride with style!
Helmet: Bern Brighton Helmet with winter liner ($50+); Bern Brighton Helmet with standard liner ($42+); Bell Lumen helmet ($65).
Eye-ware: Lizzy Sunglasses for Winter and Spring (currently sold out, but check back soon!); Ray-Ban folding Wayfarer ($155).
Scarves: Christopher Fischer cashmere infinity scarf ($398); Light floral scarf such as Madewell Roseblossom scarf ($55); Levi's Red Baron Bandana ($14).
Tops: Apolis Breton Striped Shirt ($128); James Perse Boyfriend Baseball Tee ($135)—both long enough to prevent breeze at the back; C&C California striped tank ($22).
Jackets: Barbour Beadnell Jacket ($369); Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody ($184) *note: this kind of goes against my rule of wearing "techie" gear while riding, but every cyclist needs a warm, windproof and water resistant jacket. I often bring a different sweater in my pack but ride w/ one of these Patagonia jackets*; Riyoko arm warmers ($40).
Gloves: Rapha Winter Cycling Gloves ($105); Dromarti Mitts ($138).
Bottoms: Nudie Long John Skinny Jeans ($143); J.Brand Reds ($127); Ever shorts and dresses.
Shoes: Bean Boots ($99); Clark's Wallabees ($119); Matt Bernson sandals ($135 for a similar pair).
Bags: Patagonia Stormfront pack ($279); Timbuk2 customizable Swig backpack ($119+)*Made in S.F.; Hershel Supply Co. backpack ($55).
I'd love to hear any other tips or great goods for riding in style!