It’s no lie, I am a hot mess when I get to work after my 14-mile bike ride. Fortunately for me and anyone who has to interact with me during the day, HOK has a shower (and my gym is right next to the office and has an even nicer shower).
One thing I struggle with is how to dress appropriately for work on cycling days. One solution is to drive in the day before and leave a bag of clothes. The other is to cram everything in a backpack and roll on in. Either way, there are two major risks: 1. forgetting a critical wardrobe element (from recent experience, I can tell you that a sweaty pink sports bra under a boatneck top is not a very stylish look); and 2. wrinkling.
To combat item #1, well, fortunately the office is right next to the mall, so I can always go purchase whatever I’ve forgotten (not so sustainable or economical, but definitely functional). Another cyclist also suggested leaving an entire outfit at work as well as a pair each of black and brown shoes, “just in case.”
To combat item #2, wrinkling, I’ve been carefully selecting my wardrobe – sweaters and wool slacks seem to work best, but are heavy (and can be hot). I also found a stretchy houndstooth print dress at the back of my closet that works well (and looks professional as long as it’s not paired with the aforementioned pink sports bra).
I was super excited when one of my colleagues sent this article from the New York Times: Project Bike Lane. This article and video discuss a competition to create fashionable bikewear at Fashion Institute of Technology. I’ll definitely have my eyes open for this collection, especially the envelope bag.
Image source: Costumes.org