As hard as it is to say so long to summer, there’s a distinct energy that comes with autumn. In anticipation of brisk mornings, breezy days and longer nights, I’ve pulled together a few new options in clothing for bicycle commuting or everyday cycling around town.
With fall’s changeable weather conditions, layering is key. The following pieces blends effortlessly into your daily wardrobe. And, while avoiding looking “bikey,” each includes subtle features to keep you warm, dry and visible, all while maintaining a pull-together, urban look on or off your bike.
Top photo: Nau Succinct Trench, $275
It all starts with a trench coat. The recycled polyester shell of this updated coat from Nau, a company know for its commitment to sustainability, is waterproof, yet breathable. A zip-off hood with a draw cord, as well as a snap cuff adjustment make it easy to respond to changing temperatures or conditions. Reflective panels on the back of the reversible belt as well as on the center, snap-closure vent (top left) help keep you safe on the road after dark.
There’s so much to love about the cool collaboration between active wear maker Athleta and fashion designer Derek Lam. It’s a standout from the athleisurewear crowd for its combination of performance fabrics (with some luxurious ringers like leather and cashmere thrown in) and sophisticated design. One feature that runs through many of the tops in the collection is a dropped rear hem, which lends full coverage on a bike ride. In this one, the drapey silhouette and the silky-feeling blend of polyester, Lyocell (a type of rayon) and Spandex lend comfort and catch the breeze beautifully as you pedal.
An insulating vest is an essential autumn layer. They’re included in every popular fashion collection this season. This super-lightweight one, in nylon with a down filling, compresses into its own little duffle bag for easy toting. It also doubles up on style points by reversing from basic black to a lively print by noted 1980s artist Keith Haring. The vest is part of Uniglo’s SPRZ NY collection, a series of collaborations uniting art and fashion.
Every wardrobe needs a go-to black dress. This V-neck, A-line style flatters every figure and works for any occasion. Wear it with boots and one of fall’s popular cross-body bags for a relaxed look or dress it up with heels and accessories. Merino is the perfect fit with cold-weather cycling because it wicks moisture away from the body, and its natural antimicrobial properties keep this dress fresh.
Club Ride Apparel Two-Timer Jacket, $109.95
Quilting always adds a fashionable dimension. This jacket, which is specifically designed for cycling, is water and wind resistant, and has soft, brushed polyester sleeves, a ripstop polyester body and a fiber-fill lining for warmth. Plenty of pockets keep essentials close at hand and reflective details lend nighttime visibility.
The denim maker continues to grow its commitment to clothing for women who use bicycles for transportation. The higher rise of these jeans provides full coverage, and the fabric combines comfortable stretch with durability and a water- and dirt-resistant finish. Turn up the cuffs to find a generous reflective-tape detail. For fall, the pants come in a variety of new colors, including taupe.
Lots of boot styles sacrifice style for water-proof properties. Or, they appear stylish, but make your feet sweat. These on-trend ankle boots deliver the beauty of leather uppers, while packing a Gore-Tex membrane inside to keep your feet dry in rainy weather. Polyurethane and rubber soles also offer excellent traction on your pedals.
With the every-growing popularity of stylish performance wear for comfort and mobility on the daily urban dash, there are more choices than ever, so you’ll be able to find similar items at a variety of prices. The key is to be able to reach into your closet in the morning without having to put a lot of effort into looking great and feeling put-together, wherever the day takes you.
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