Short straw

I have recently started cycling. Well, when i say started, i have used my bike like twice in a week. But i want it to become a regular thing, for excercise and to save money. Oh yea, and the environment. Yea. Anyway, a friend who is an avid cyclist recently called me for advice on what to wear cycling (tho why I would know, what with two cycles under my belt, is another thing). Apparently lovely summer dresses are suceptible to, well, basically showing loads of panties when the wind catches them, which happens loads coz you are on a bike. Body-con is no good coz it’l ride up exposing aformentioned pants. Jeans are no good coz it’s summer and they are denim and you sweat like a little bitch and that would be gross. Long skirts are out coz they can get stuck in the chain and the wheels and make you fall over which hurts and you risk showing everyone (yes you guessed it) your pants….So that leaves us with either forgetting about the bike idea, or wearing mostly shorts and light trousers. Luckily, fashion is favouring the cyclist at the moment and there is an abundance of both both at designer level and in the high street. Here are some of my favourite shorts of the moment:

Queens Wardrobe

(image via Queens Wardrobe)

Urban Outfitters
(image via Urban Outfitters)
3.1 Philip Lim

(image via Style.com)

Marc Jacobs Resort 2010

(image via Style.com)

Marc Jacobs Resort 2010

(image via Style.com)

Prada SS10

(image via Style.com) *oh for the legs to be able to wear these….*

Tibi AW10

(image via Style.com)

Thakoon Resort 2010

(image via Style.com)

Alternatively, try cycling shorts under dresses. Protect ones modesty and still wear floaty lite dresses. It can actually look quite nice too, once the lengths are right – avoid the hockey knickers effect. American Apparel have cute cycling shorts with a band lace at the hem, as well as regular ones in all colours.

Urban Outfitters

(image via Urban Outfitters)

(image: Lookbook.nu)

(image: Lookbook.nu)

Phi Resort 2010

(image via Style.com)

This is turning into a very long blog post, turns out I am really liking shorts at the moment. I might find an excuse to do another post about cycle-fit trousers and rompers another time, but for now, get on your bike and ride!

*ps – i’m actually disgusted that YouTube has flagged the original video as questionable content!!!

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