Cycle in Style
Around this time of year, what with the longer days, warmer weather and (theoretically) more sunshine, you may find yourself inspired to take a little two-wheeled jaunt around town on your bicycle. Aside from the obvious dangers of contending with the torrent of frustrated inner-city motorists, the sartorially-conscious may also be concerned about how to actually look good on a bike. Allow us to offer some expert advice on how to work your wardrobe to your advantage, so that you may proudly pedal forth without looking like a schoolboy or bike messenger.
Our European neighbours, particularly the Dutch and the Danes, seemingly approach city-cycling with sheer reckless abandon, often foregoing helmets and high-vis jackets and just wearing whatever it is that they fancied putting on that morning. Luckily for them, they are blessed with all sorts of pro-cycle provisions, quieter roads and, generally, a slower, calmer approach to life. Us Brits, Londoners in particular, have to employ a little more caution on the roads, however, and therefore a little more consideration when it comes to our wardrobe choices.
The weather in the British Isles is notoriously capricious, so always start by checking the weather reports and dress accordingly. All sorts of ‘normal’ clothing can be appropriate, as long as a few extra considerations are taken into account, especially regarding cut. Generally speaking, you’re going to want to avoid billowing swathes of fabric and opt for items that have undergone a little more tailoring and fit closer to the body. That’s not to say that you have to don some head-to-toe, skin-tight jumpsuit – unless you want to, of course – just try to pick things that aren’t likely to get tangled up in chains and spokes as you’re riding. Another consideration to take into account is the fabrics used in your clothing. Natural fibres tend to make for a better choice than synthetics as they ‘breathe’ and help your body to regulate its temperature. Wool, cotton and linens tend to be best.
We have put together a little capsule wardrobe of things from our latest range that will prove to be suitable, sensible choices for cyclists. Jeans always make for a good choice as the nature of the denim fabric will help to protect your skin should you inadvertently find yourself in a bit of a scrape. Chinos will provide similar protection, but are a little more lightweight for warmer days. Our travel trousers have been made with crease-resistant fibres, making them perfect for cycling to work. Shorts are always a good choice for the summer months and we have two practical and stylish varieties to choose from. We have a wide selection of breathable polo shirts in a variety of colours and designs to suit all tastes. Our oxford shirts make for the perfect choice on slightly cooler days. A well structured cargo jacket like ours will see you through all weathers whilst out on your travels. You can’t go wrong with a linen shirt on hot days, especially not with our collection of on-trend colours and designs. Show your carefree side with one of our handsome floral shirts this summer. If you wear a suit to work, our range of fine quality Italian wool suits will provide both exceptional tailoring and surprisingly breathable comfort.