What to Wear: City Cycling


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It takes a truly adept self stylist to look good on a bicycle—dressing is tricky enough without throwing a two-wheel accessory into the mix. And while we'd love to be the type of girl who can carry off a dress, an army jacket, and a pillbox-hat-with-veil situation on our fixed-wheel like it's no big deal (in the manner of socialite Lydia Hearst, pictured above left during a photoshoot in New York a few years back), we're pretty sure it comes with a high rate of wardrobe malfunction.

Instead, our recommended take is more along the lines of actress Kristen Bell's out-and-about-wear, (pictured above right). Brightly colored skinny jeans for high visibility, a slim leather fanny pack for hands-free storage (and ironic-yet-fashiony appeal), a neutral sweater with classic aesthetic for visual balance and temperature control, and ankle boots for pedaling power. (Although we'd vote for a gray pair as opposed to Bell's brown selection, due to a lifelong affinity for the combination.) Shop our cycle-friendly wardrobe below, then test it out on a jaunt to the local bakery, and add a baguette to top off the look.


From Left: Belted Waffle Cardigan, $58 at Gap, Parrot Pink Pop Color Skinny Ankle Jean, $89.50 at Banana Republic

 
Osgoode Marley Slim Trapunto Waist Pack, $94.95 at Ebags


Miriam Bootie in Branson Leather, $475 at Theory
Melissa Goldstein is a Lonny and StyleBistro contributing writer whose work has also appeared in ELLE, Wall Street Journal, GQ, The Observer, Spin, and Lucky Magazine.
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