You know that you’ve hit the big time when you find yourself on Shelly’s Riding Pretty list of tweed rides. This is positively the most comprehensive and up-to-date list of events – over 50 in all! The advertising art and creative titles alone are worth the look.
Riding Pretty blog has been dedicated since 2007 to all the girls in the world who want to ride pretty on a bicycle or live a bicycle lifestyle.
While we’re on the subject of style, Calvert Guthrie, our flyer artist, came across an advertisement for comfortable gentlemen’s riding attire. The tailor-made “Comfy Cut” with its pleated back is of particular interest. These were available with either “Plus-Fours” or “Plus-Sixes” matching knickers in several fabrics.
The choice of fashions does seem to weigh heavy on the minds of those on the fence regarding their participation. Let it not trouble you your grey matter in the least! If you are in need of ideas we again refer you to Riding Pretty. At her site one can find numerous photos (or links to photo sets) from events which have already run their course. Simply browse them at your leisure, take a few mental notes, examine the contents of your closet, and then head to the local thrift shop. Unfetter your inhibitions and dress yourself with some class and panache!
Also, do not constrict your thinking to tweed alone. There were numerous fibers and fabrics that made quite a splash on the cycling scene. Don’t be bashful about including silks, satins, argyle and seersucker in your ensemble.
For those of the more industrious vein, skilled with needle & thread, simply create your own. One case in point is Michelle. She is quite the seamstress and has put considerable thought and effort into her outfit for this years event. We look forward to seeing her ride up in her stylist and functional togs. Michelle has also graced us with a donation of her handiwork, the sash for our Grand Marshall. Many thanks to her!