Outfits For The Urban Bike Commuter - No Spandex Included

When I casually started riding to work a few times a week last spring I never guessed I'd love it enough to start doing it on the daily. Now I've been riding almost every day for a year! Not only is it a great way to stay in shape, it’s faster than the bus and beats sitting in traffic and paying for parking day after day. On days when I have post-work happy hour plans or simply don't want to lug around my own bike I ride Pronto, Seattle's bike share program. 

One of the biggest challenges I faced when I started biking to work was finding comfortable commuting outfits that could transition to an office environment. (Life would be so much easier if it was kosher to wear yoga pants everywhere, right?) I found the easiest way to create stylish outfits was to keep your bottoms focused on function on and your tops on fashion. Pieces like skinny jeans and skorts give your legs free range of motion while button ups and blouses keep your look business casual. Try one of these and you're sure to be the best dressed in the bike lane!

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Outfit #1: Skort, Button up, Flats

Remember in elementary school when skorts were your go to fashion staple? They were great because you could keep up with the boys on the playground and look cute doing it. That’s exactly why I’m obsessing over skorts all over again - fashion AND functionality. The key is finding ladylike options and pairing them with other business casual pieces.

Similar skort: Nasty Gal, Similar top: Joe Fresh, Similar red flats: Sam Edelman

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Outfit #2: LeggingsSkirt, Boots

No matter what side you’re on in the highly controversial leggings as pants debate, we can all agree they make bike commuting such a breeze. Wear them under a skirt with boots all day or slip them off when you get to your destination and throw on a pair of heels. You can even ride Pronto in a skirt without them thanks to their step-through frame!

Similar striped top: Zoe Karssen,  Leggings: Zella, Similar Coated Denim Skirt, Paige, Vintage Booties

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Outfit #3: Skinnies, Peplum Tank, Flats

Choose a cotton blend with stretch to keep your full range of movement. Throw on a blazer at your office to dress this basic look up or wear as is and hop on a Pronto to happy hour! All Pronto bikes have a chain guard and fenders so you don't need to worry about getting these cute outfits greasy or muddy. 

Similar peplum tank: Kensie, Ankle Jeans, Hudson, Sneakers: Steve Madden

I hope you found these urban bike commuter outfit ideas helpful. Now that you know how to look good doing it, you have no excuse not to ride to work!

Dustin and I have been huge fans of Pronto since they came to Seattle so we are delighted to be partnering with them on a series of blog posts in exchange for annual memberships. Stay tuned for more!