Original article by Brand Ambassador Jennifer Lake: Sunlight & Air
Somehow, in the deserts of New Mexico, we found ourselves friends with many bike enthusiasts ranging from competitive road cyclists to mountain bikers, and even our friend Tiffany who has been quoted as saying she is only riding her bike if there is money, she often rides her bike to work, or food at the end of the ride. This means we often find ourselves in a sea of spandex.
While I love our friends and their passion for performance, I was determined to find outfits for biking that were comfortable, practical, and still cute.
That being said, the base for my favorite riding outfits is spandex. As a dysautonomia patient, with unstable blood pressure, I have found that compression leggings are vital not only for bike riding or activity, but for my day to day life. Black leggings are really my signature look.
My personal favorite? The compression leggings from Tommie Copper.
If, like Tiffany, you are biking to work or other occasions which require a little more class, I’m also a big fan of the Bike to Work collection from Beta Brand, the company who first designed yoga dress pants.
Can you tell that I’m all about comfort?
If you’re going to wear leggings as pants, it’s key to find the right top. Tunics are my go-to choice given their longer length. I recently discovered a fun direct sales company called LuLaRoe which carries a wide range of tops appropriate to wear with leggings (as well as modest length dresses, and leggings of their own.)
If you aren’t familiar with the brand, LuLaRoe sources unique fabrics and creates only 1,000 items from each – meaning that the inventory is always changing. This also means that you can’t just visit the LuLaRoe website to browse and shop (though Instagram is a great place to find examples).
While there are consultants all over the country hosting in-home pop up shops, many sell online via their private Facebook groups.
My personal favorite piece? The Irma tunic, which I’m wearing here.
But, sneakers aren’t always the best choice. When riding between classes, or to the office, I rely on my Crocs Sienna flats. I actually like these flats so much that I have them in black and cherry.
The finishing touch for any outfit, even while riding? Accessories.
While I love throwing on a bright scarf — this floral print beauty was only $1.50 at Walmart — the most important accessory is definitely a well fitting helmet.
While it can be tempting to forgo a helmet to preserve your hair style, I’ve found that throwing a hat in my bike basket lets me ride safely and end stylishly. (Plus, I kind of love the fact that my Shoreline helmet andStreamliner are nearly a perfect match.)
So tell me, what are your favorite outfits for bike riding?
Jen is an East Coast transplant living life in the high deserts of New Mexico with her better half, Trevor, and her pack of three very large rescue pups, Miesha, T-Bone and Bumper. By day, Jen is a web designer and photographer, but by night, she is a graduate student working on a dual masters is Business Administration and Information Systems and Assurance. In 2014, Jen underwent brain surgery and a fusion of her cervical spine to address a condition called Chiari Malformation, and then, in 2015, she underwent a second surgery on her back to address a tethered spinal cord. From these experiences, Jen developed a passion for not only wellness but for inspiring others on their own health journeys. Outside of getting well (and wearing a lot of workout gear), Jen likes to spend her free time scrap-booking, baking gluten-free desserts, drinking chai lattes, and Instagramming photos of her feet #fromwherejenstands style.
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