Heels On Wheels: 3 Adorable Outfits For Biking To Work

Ever traveled to a chic European city and had a revelation upon seeing all the gorgeous women biking around, with nary a centimeter of spandex in sight? It's true — you can bike and look effortlessly glamorous at the same time.
While Washington may not be Amsterdam, much of the city is bike-friendly, and there's a huge segment of the 9-to-5 crowd that uses two-wheel transport to get to work. How to do it with the same effortless je ne sais quoi as a Parisian babe on a beach cruiser? Picking the right outfit to go from pedals to power-lunch can help — and while we can't guarantee you instant Euro It Girl swagger, we can show you some outfits that'll definitely get your wheels spinning.
dress
Biking to work in a dress is totally doable. The secret to flash-free riding? Opt for a frock in a heavier fabric, such as thick cotton, linen, or jersey. Pair it with a bright blazer and sturdy wedges, and you're ready to hop off your wheels and head straight to your desk.
DV by Dolce Vita Janna Sandal, $89, available at Dolce Vita; Botkier Springtime Spritz Bag, $395, available at Modcloth; Dorothy Perkins White Palm Print Dress, $69, available at Dorothy Perkins; Topshop Ponte Roll Sleeve Blazer, $70, available at Topshop; Badgley Mischka Navajo Deco Cuff, $650, available at Charm & Chain; Pashley Princess Classic Bike, $848, available at Pashley and BicycleSPACE (1019 7th Street NW; 202-962-0123).
pants
A lightweight, breezy blouse will keep you from overheating as you pump those pedals, and trim, cropped trousers are comfy but completely work-appropriate. A cross-body bag and ankle-strap flats are both cute and practical — essential qualities for biking and working.
Zara Small Messenger Bag, $89.90, available at Zara; Linus Dover 1 Bike, prices vary, available at BicycleSPACE (1019 7th Street NW; 202-962-0123) ; Sandy Hyun Deco Lucite Earrings, $52, available at Endless; Club Monaco Shawna Silk Top, $129.50, available at Club Monaco; Reiss Alicia Toe Cap Ballerina Pumps, $245, available at Reiss; Acne Sensational Pleat Front Trousers, $189, available at My Wardrobe.
shorts
In a casual workplace, a pair of tailored Bermuda shorts can look right at home. Style them with a soft, feminine blouse and a statement necklace to add polish without creating bulk.
Modcloth Ready or Naut Flat, $49.99, available at Modcloth; Vince Washed-Silk Top, $275, available at Net-A-Porter; Mango Classic-Cut Bermuda, $34.99, available at Mango; Bauble Bar Marble Bead Trio, $26, available at Bauble Bar; Bobbin Brownie Bike, prices vary, available at Bobbin and The Daily Rider (1108 H Street NE; 202-396-0704); Mulberry Postman's Lock Satchel, $910, available at Mulberry.

More from Styling Tips

It's hardly a secret that fall and layering come hand-in-hand. With transitional weather swooping in, and the daily too-hot-too-cold conundrum, we find ...
Remember when Kim Kardashian wore bike shorts and the entire internet collectively freaked out? Well, it seems like she was on to something. Despite the ...
Jeans, sweater, booties, repeat. If you don't push yourself beyond this tried-and-true combination, fall dressing can get old...fast. Don't get us wrong...
If you're like us, Beauty and the Beast was in heavy VHS rotation when you were a kid. And, if that's the case, there's a good chance you were as besotted ...
The switch happened recently: Whereas half-dome breasts achieved via push-up bras were once the shape to mimic, bralettes have made way for more natural ...
Sometimes it can feel like life is just a constant rotation between large plastic bins of clothing — as soon as you're finally getting settled into your ...
Sometimes, looking a certain height is all about perspective
(Paid Content) Dressing for your age is a game that's rigged: Try as you may, the outcome is fixed and not often in your favor. One moment women are told ...
You can switch out your clothes all you want, but you can’t really replicate the way glasses can completely transform you. It’s like presenting an ...
No matter what country you came from or what country you're headed to, first-generation immigrants have a tricky relationship with fashion. What's normal ...
When you're young, you get used to being asked what you want to be when you grow up. But why should that stop when you actually reach adulthood? You don't ...
This story was originally published on August 4, 2014. Even though we've all experienced most temperatures, we have selective memory about what they're ...
If you've ever looked at model-street-style roundups and said to yourself, Gosh, I could never afford that, or even, Yeah, but they get all that stuff for ...
Cutouts have always seemed like a really daring thing to wear, especially if you were the kind of woman who wore bras most of the time and didn't consider ...