I haven’t exactly kept my pledge to not shop until the honeymoon, but it’s killing me that I can’t do more! Especially since it’s that time of the season change when I realize that I purged at the end of the last season (that is, last summer), and I have lots of great pieces, but few outfits. I know this is not something everyone understands, but it’s really frustrating! We’ve had a few warm enough days and I’ve reached for things that are just … not there. Apparently all of my summer shoes died last year, and I’ve never had a selection of pants I love, and some of those tops are just *old* and showing their age.
In my ever-present desire to wear bike-friendly office clothes (or is it office-friendly bike clothes?), I do have a list of things from designers who are catering to my whim. Hey, gotta support the people who are making it big, since I don’t have time at the moment to make it myself!
I’ve wanted the Iva Jean “Reveal” skirt for ages, even if it is only in black and I dislike wearing black. I’d sacrifice just to wear a designer’s bike fashion piece! It’s a great office-friendly pencil skirt, in a great length.
There is a new bike skirt on the market now that I also like, by Iladora. It’s gray (huzzah! I love gray), and a bit shorter, and slightly more casual-looking. I like the “shirttail” hem idea, although I’m not sure how short that would end up feeling. My bike, of course, has a men’s style top tube, which makes skirts that much trickier, but I’m sure I could work around this! I also love the top, and the shoes on the model! Perfect date night outfit.
Betabrand also has a new crowdfunded skirt, modeled by the famous Bike Pretty blogger, Melissa. It boasts clever zipper details as well, but in the front, not in the back as the Iva Jean skirt is. Not surprisingly, my favorite part is the reflective pocket triangle that can be pulled out when you want a touch of reflectivity.
But wait, there’s more! Check out this cute dress I discovered recently – a striped dress by Quick Study. Adorable! I mean, I love stripes, and this is my favorite gray, and the bodice is lined in quick-dry material. Brilliant! I also love the clever piecing on the back. This one I would totally wear to work, in several seasons. Add tights and boots, and it’s perfect for fall and winter. Sandals and bangles great for cool spring evenings. J’adore.
Paired with these amazingly adorable (and amazingly expensive) bike-friendly shoes from Tracey Neuls, I would find myself wearing a lot of gray, and I tend to lean towards much brighter colors. It’s not very spring or summer-y, but these seem like good basics to always have on hand. Plus, I’d love to have all three skirts to compare the different design aspects, and well, those shoes would be *perfect* with that cute striped dress.
If only I could register for office-friendly bike fashion – but I suppose the wedding registry should be things we both can use, right? Bummer!