Bicycle style: how to look chic while cycling

Published on MSN Style.

Ginny Weeks shows you how to look super stylish on your bicycle.

Choosing a cycling outfit is harder than it seems. There are several things you need to watch out for – like, you know, flashing your bum or getting your skirt caught in the pedals. So how do you look stylish and still be able to cycle without exposing yourself?

Well, here are some simple rules: if you’re going to wear a skirt opt for knee-length, loose shapes that you can tuck under your legs; wear sensible FLAT shoes; and always make sure your bag keeps out of the way too – an across-the-body or backpack is a good option. Leggings or jeans are a good fit for everyday cycling, just make sure you wear a belt to avoid the dreaded ‘builder’s bum’.

To make it even easier for you, we’ve picked our favourite new bikes and matched them to lovely outfits. We haven’t included helmets here but of course, it goes without saying, safety comes first, so always wear (a stylish) one.

Match your outfit to your bicycle: classic

An elegant bike like this one deserves a chic outfit. A classic white shirt paired with a black pleated skirt and glam jewellery looks effortlessly stylish.

Bike: Pashley Princess Classic bike in Buckingham Black, from £595

Outfit: (from left to right) Biba Teal ‘Gretal’ bag, £149, Anton Heunis @mywardrobe earrings, £120, French Connection Gabby shoe, £81, Day Birger et Mikkelsen @mywardrobe shirt, £100, & MSGM @mywardrobe skirt, £120.

Match your outfit to your bicycle: sporty

Just because you’re training doesn’t mean you need to lose your sense of style. Mix bold prints and colours with flattering black leggings for a fashionable fitness look.

Bike: Pendleton Dalby Hybrid bike, £299.99, from HalfordsOutfit: Superdry Boat Jacket in yellow, £99.99, McQ Alexander McQueen top @mywardrobe, £115, H&M leggings, £34.99, Specialized sport shoe, £79.99, from Rutland Cycling.

Match your outfit to your bicycle: festival

Show off some festival fashion in the city with this gorgeous Cuckoo bike by Red or Dead (check out the detachable handbag!). Pretty ethnic tops, denim shorts and bold sunglasses make for a gorgeous outfit.

Bike: Cuckoo bike by Red or Dead at Raleigh, £400

Outfit: Carvela sandals, £95, at Harrods, Jeepers Creepers orange sunglasses, £16, at River IslandBoohoo woven bag, £15, and ethnic top, £22, & Juicy Couture shorts, £79.95, at Harrods.

Match your outfit to your bicycle: French chic

Rock the nonchalant I-haven’t-tried-but-I-look-awesome Francophile style with a cool T and leather trousers. Don’t forget the essential across-the-body bag either.

Bike: Pashley Sonnet Bliss bike in Ivory/Claret, from £575

Outfit: Etre Cécile T-shirt @mywardrobe, £80, Michael Kors leather trousers @mywardrobe, £120, French Connection Louise trainers, £95, & Lulu Guiness limited editon bag at House of Fraser, £295.

Match your outfit to your bicycle: skater girl

If you love skater fashion, this adorable bike is perfect for you. Match it with a cute skater skirt, backpack and cool trainers.

Bike: Starstruck bike by Red or Dead at Raleigh, £400

Outfit: River Island pink backpack, £30, Stella & Dot Somervell necklace, £45, H&M white T-shirt, £12.99, H&M sunglasses, £4.99, River Island skater skirt, £20, & nude plimsolls, £20.

Match your outfit to your bicycle: girly girl

Bring out your girly side with a cute pink bike like this Pashley. Match it with contrasting blue prints and cute cut-offs for a fashionable edge.

Bike: Pashley Poppy bike in Blush Pink, from £495

Outfit: Red or Dead shoes from Schuh, £50, H&M sunglasses, £8.99, Betty Jackson Black blue kimono, £45, H! by Henry Holland denim shirt, £28, Marc by Marc Jacobs bag, £85, from Harrods & Boohoo white shorts, £20.