Photography by Lori Lucas
Most days we don't mind having the wind whipping up our mini skirt, but there are occasions for decorum: The Bike Dress, by local designer Genevieve Dellinger, is cut loose in the skirt to avoid constriction as you cycle, and the modest length prevents any unwanted displays. If you want to wear heels, but don't want to ruin 'em on your bike, pack a pair of soft ballet slippers that will squish down into your purse once you get to the party and can switch them out for your 4"s. Available at Denwave, 811 E Burnside, Suite 113, 233-3189, denwave.com; sunglasses and shoes, model's own. Model: Chelsea McAlister.
Even if you have a "real job" that requires you to look crisp upon arrival, you can still commute by bike. Tech-y gear that will protect you from all kinds of inclement weather, grease, et al, is a worthwhile investment. Weather protective jacket by Bellwether and pants by Hypnotic Designs, both available at Cyclepath, (new location) 2436 NE MLK, 281-0485, cyclepathnw.com; Adam Arnold necktie available at Seaplane, 827 NW 23rd, 234-2409, e-seaplane.com; vintage vest (sold as three-piece suit) from Hattie's Vintage Clothing, 729 E Burnside, Suite 100, 238-1938; helmetand shirt, model's own. Model: Marcel Perkins.
The average Portland bike dude/tomboy will swear up and down that they don't think about their clothing beyond what's comfortable and functional, and yet they all seem to have come to the same conclusion as to what that is. Bonus points to those who rock the mesh—sexy and ventilating. And whether or not you're a professional, a good bag is essential—this one was designed by a messenger in Brooklyn. T-shirt and Dickies pants from Rock 'n' Rose, 616 E Burnside, 239-3901, rocknroseinc.com; MER messenger bag available at Stand Up Comedy, 811 E Burnside, Suite 119, shopstandingup.us; hat and footwear, model's own. Model: Brody Boeger.