Cycling: forsake your ankle clips in favour of culottes and a button down dress.

Cycling: forsake your ankle clips in favour of culottes and a button down dress.

Cycling is such a messy style dilema, bicycles look aesthetically pleasing and I always imagine myself looking beautiful and elegant on a bicycle but…this never really happens.

First of all, not everyone suits wind in their hair, or rain flooding their mascara’d eyelashes. Upside of cycling in winter may be flushed cheeks and toned thighs, but frozen fingers, chilled sweat and catching wide legged trousers in your bike chain are impressive reasons to take the bus instead. Summer cycling is enjoyable when you have parks to add to your route, but wearing summer dresses sans bike guard/nice pair of knickers can create an awkward cycle home on a delightful evening.

So? Culottes! Shorts! They seemed so menacing and dowdy when I was nine years old in the P.E hall, but no, they are a revelation. Cotton culottes in summer and tweed culottes or high waisted shorts in winter with wool tights. And if you really just want to look like Brigitte Bardot: sod it all, kick your shoes off, wear a button down dress and don’t comb your hair for a week.

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