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Day 4Romper dress with skinny belt for a completed outfit. Half-calf heels to finish off and make the look a potential romantic date outfit.
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Day 3Grey vest with maroon cropped shorts. Chocolate, half-calf boots. My outfit remained 'cool' throughout the humid day and numerous meetings via two-wheels.
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Day 7My peach colored 'Bicycle Ambassador' t-shirt with blue/green, stretchy skirt. This skirt is ideal because there are sewn in shorts under the skirt. Heels and belt to pull it all together. I show up to my Elementary Schools and the kids love it. My 'I Bike Polite' sign on my backpack is a disarming tactic with the drivers.
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Day 8Layers and casual can still look stylish. Light grey skinny jeans with a white cotton t-shirt and yellow cropped cardigan.
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Day 9I LOVE tights! Stretchy, polka-dot skirt with funky, tattooed tights to make your head turn. I like making people's heads turn.
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Day 11Black stretchy skirt with pockets. Sea foam light and playful breathable top. This outfit says: I'm ready to play.
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Day 12Tweed cropped shorts and cream sequinned sleeveless tank. A thin belt for a 'pop' of color with turquoise flats.
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Day 14White tank and summer skirt. This skirt is airy and screams 'Central American Flare!'
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Day 15Red and white striped, cotton romper dress WITH pockets. Pockets with skirts/ dresses are essential in my wardrobe. Black flats and I'm ready for the city streets.
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Day 16I love dressing feminine and masculine. Black cropped shorts with long sleeve button up and red tie. I am a 'woman about town.'
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Day 17Ruffled blouse with stretchy, black pencil skirt. Red, vintage earrings and Nine West black heels. Start the day with my Board Meeting end the day with a bourbon on the rocks.
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Day 19I LOVE color. Cotton, green tank top compliments my orange stretch skirt and flats. The orange sunglasses complete the look. Visibility is KEY when bicycling but it doesn't have to be those boring and ugly reflective vests!
Consider Biking's Safe Routes to School Manager, Jess Mathews, wants you to know that any clothing is cycling clothing.
To prove her point, Mathews took a photograph of what she wore when bicycle commuting throughout May, one for every day of Bike Month 2012.
"I’m very passionate about getting more women comfortable riding and navigating our city roads," said Mathews on her web site Cbus Cycle Chic. "I am also passionate about wearing everyday clothing while riding your bike. One shouldn’t feel the need to wear one outfit while riding and then change into another when you’re finished. Bicycling should be as easy and 1-2-3.... dress for your destination, not the journey."
One of the reasons why many are timid to try bicycle commuting in everyday clothes is the prospect of arriving at work sweaty. "If you take it easy and ride your bike at a leisurely pace instead of 22 mph," said Mathews, "then chances are you’ll roll into work and not be sweaty."
View some of Mathews' favorite outfits in the photo slideshow: Bike Month Fashion Project.
Beginning in June, join Mathews on ladies-only leisure rides in Columbus, OH. The event, "2 Wheels & Heels," originated in Cleveland, OH and plans are to expand to Chicago, IL and Austin, TX. For more information visit: facebook.com/TwoWheelsAndHeels