The transition from summer to fall is always a hard one for me. I try to keep a hold on the long days, extending my rides in and outside the city, feeling eternally like a kid who doesn’t want school to begin again. But then a magic moment happens: the fall issues of the fashion magazines arrive, and I find myself excited to cover my limbs and figure out the season’s new looks.
Editor’s note: Today’s guest post is written by Tanya Quick, a principal of the design and branding firm Language Dept., Tanya pilots a stylish blue roadster by Beloved around town.
This year, I’ve been particularly inspired by how many clothing trends lend themselves to everyday city cycling. There’s a sporty feeling in streamlined, space-age silhouettes and graphic color blocking. Capes are popping up as alternatives to more restrictive coats. And gilets — long a transitional favorite of road cyclists — abound in fur and faux fur options.
The best thing is that these looks support layering, which means that I can peel or pile, depending on the temperature inside and out. Crisp mornings, with their long shadows, are perfect for taking the long route in, but shorter days mean it’s cooler and dark when I head back home. To make sure I’m comfortable in all situations, I look for:
- Pants with stretch to allow easy movement while riding; there’s nothing worse than pedaling in pants that cut or pull down in the back
- Base layers that can stand alone: colorful cashmere, thin turtlenecks or short-sleeved tops that move
- Coats that don’t pack too much weight, but are long enough in back to keep me covered
- Longer gloves to act as arm warmers and add a block of color
- Bright coats and accessories to add visibility to this black-centic New Yorker’s look
Here are a few of my favorite transitional pieces, chosen with practicality and possibility for variation in mind. (Click on the photos for shopping links. Different versions of these looks can be found at a variety of prices):