24 July 2010 – Pattern

July 23rd, 2010 § 3 comments

Pattern , originally uploaded by academichic.


  • Dress – Old Navy
  • Sandals – Target
  • Basket – Electra
  • Bike – Electra Cruiser


On most days while riding my bike I can be seen wearing a dress similar to this one. That is because it’s patterned. And not just any pattern – colorful, busy, floral pattern. According to Velouria, author of one of my favorite bike blogs, a great way to disguise sweat stains on clothing in the summer is to wear a pattern that doesn’t show that change in color (from sweat) as it just mixes in with the rest of the hues and swirls of the fabric. Velouria goes on to suggest that floral prints are optimal for this kind of chameleon game, which couldn’t work better for me since I am definitely a florals kind of girl.

Pattern , originally uploaded by academichic.

So for many of my bike commutes, I have been throwing on a floral dress and taking on the heat. I do usually arrive pretty sweaty and appreciate that this type of outfit hides that much better than many other less suitable options. Although some of you may not ride a bike regularly, it’s likely that many of you are tackling some hot and humid weather this time of year, so I thought this type of ‘dress to disguise your sweat’ tip would still pertain. While certainly less glamorous than tips on belting, color combos, or chic shoes, I figured that this type of advice would still have its place on a site about staying stylish while being practical. Having to get from point A to B sans car, this is good know-how for me to have up my sleeve. This strategy might prove especially effective once I start teaching again and will have to face a class full of students after riding my bike to campus.

For those of you who do bike or are interested in more bike specific discussion, you can find a review of the above pictured bike basket here or my review of my bike cup holder here. Additionally, I’m very excited to feature Tania from What Would a Nerd Wear this coming week on Simply Bike on her essentials for bike commuting in style. And while we’re speaking of exciting upcoming posts, make sure to check back here for some academichic surprises we have in store for you this coming week as well!

Happy weekend, everyone! S.

Shoes, originally uploaded by academichic.

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§ 3 Responses to 24 July 2010 – Pattern"

  1. MONKEYFACE says:

    Oooo, a cliffhanger post, how exciting! Hey thanks for the sweat talk, I never would’ve considered utilizing bold prints during the heat as a perspiration concealer.

  2. Diana says:

    This dress is absolutely lovely! Floral printed dresses are definitely one of my wardrobe staples too.

  3. Kyla says:

    That dress is soooo pretty! And I’m super jealous of your bike!

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