I was riding down to our pattern maker’s studio yesterday morning when I started thinking about my pants. Yes, that’s the heavy stuff I contemplate while biking through SoDo. Why is it that we assume our only option is skinny pants? What about a great flared jean or wide leg trouser for fall?!?! I was wearing my favorite high-waisted flared dark denim and they were just fine for biking, which led me to thinking you all might like some bike style tips for riding in wide leg pants…
1. Get a chain guard, like this one from Linus, $49. 2. Wear a heavier weight pant, this prevents the wider opening from blowing around an getting caught in the gears or spokes. 3. Peg those pants! 4. Grab a trouser strap, I love this leather one from Brooks, $27 at Adeline Adeline.
It’s feeling like fall here in Seattle and it’s time to break out my new waterproof rain cape. I got the khaki one for myself because I thought it would pair so well with all the BLACK I wear in the winter, though I’m trying to add a bit more color and pattern this year. Today we’ll start with our basics for biking in the rain.
1. We love the leather pants / leggings trend, skinny and enough movement for an easy commute (though we think they’ll get a little warm for longer rides). These vegan leather pants from Madewell are perfect, $98. 2. Our waterproof rain cape in khaki, a totally functional twist on your classic trench, $260. 3. Ummmm, chambray all day! This chambray from Rivet & Thread has a great patchwork, wornin look, $138. 4. The Rachel Comey Mars Booties are a staple out here in rainy Seattle, $403.
What are you wearing under your cape?
With all of the buzz surrounding last week’s New York Fashion Week and how I’m waiting to see some great streetstyle shots featuring Citi Bike, I couldn’t help but notice this lovely lady at Paris Fashion Week. Layers, statement accessories and Paris’s Velib – that is perfect bike streetstyle.
I nearly lost my shit when I saw the new Urbanist Cycling Chamois Panties. I’ve tried a few other brands in the past, but none as sexy or minimal as these perfect styles. Quite honestly, these look like a lot of the underwear I wear now and seem perfect for spin class at the gym or a ride downtown.
They have a foam insert sewn in for added comfort while riding. Unlike traditional riding shorts with a chamois, these panties will fit discreetly under your clothing. You can wear them under any pants, shorts, skirts, denim cutoffs, and even non-cycling specific work out clothes you already own.
We’re pleased to be featuring Seattle’s Anna Telcs in our Her Bike Style series. She’s one hell of a mover and shaker in the city and a total inspiration for fashion and bike lovers alike.
Title / Occupation: Assistant Buyer at Totokaelo and visual artist
Location: Seattle, WA
Bike: Aluminum and old school carbon Schwinn road bike, set up with Cyclocross features and squeaky disc brakes.
Tell us more about your personal work and what inspires you. I’m inspired by shape and silhouette. The textile pieces and performances I make are a larger conversation about the psychology of dress and the ephemeral moment attributed to the clothing when worn.