Cute summer bike outfits for afternoons spent picnicking and sea-swimming
If you’re travelling on two wheels, we’ve put together some stylish outfits that won’t get in your way.
Bicycles have definitely seen a resurgence over the past year. Being restricted to our own areas forced us to explore them more, and many discovered that cycling was an enjoyable way to do this.
It’s a trend that seems to be sticking around, too. On a recent sunny weekend day I marvelled at the streams of cyclists going past.
It’s especially handy for a day like that, when perhaps you want to head out, get a coffee, maybe meet a friend for a picnic lunch outside, and pop to the shops on the way home. Not only is it quick to get around, you don’t have the burden of finding parking for a car, being stuck in traffic, or having to wait for a bus.
If you’re newer to cycling, you might worry about whether your favourite outfits will work on a bicycle. Honestly, you can cycle in almost anything. Back when I had a commute I used to regularly see a woman who cycled to work in a suit and heels, a true icon. However, there are definitely some styles that are more comfortable than others.
You might think that a dress won’t work for cycling, but if you find the right one, they’re actually much more comfortable than most trousers.
If you have a Dutch-style bike with a skirt guard on it, you can go for a flowy, midi-style dress, but as I don’t, I stick to either looser shorter styles, or jersey midi styles with a tighter fit. Otherwise you do risk it getting caught in your spokes.
With a short, loose dress like this, I wear tight black shorts underneath so I don’t inadvertently flash anyone, and always add a jacket (because pockets).
I’ll admit that jeans are not my favourite thing to cycle in, but they are one of my favourite things to wear, so I make it work. With very little give, they can feel restricting when you’re trying to pedal, so I tend to choose more relaxed styles.
A laid-back knit leans into the look perfectly, while a cross-body bag is a great hands-free option if your bike doesn’t have a basket.
The casual style of culottes that has become popular recently with elasticated waistbands, and light fabrics are ideal for cycling, and their shorter style means there’s no chance of their hems getting caught in your spokes.
They look equally great with a vest top on a warm day as they do with an oversized knit, while a backpack is a great option for popping bits and pieces in such as water, snacks or a light jacket.
The same rules apply here as dresses, and this short style is nicely balanced by an oversized blazer and a simple t-shirt. A belt bag is handy if you just want to bring the essentials out with you.