Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Up the Hill

up the hill

up the hill
works cited: bdg cords; ancient gap turtleneck; j.crew boots; breda watch; triumph bicycle :)

I've missed bicycling in the winter, so this morning I hauled out my mittens and an extra fleece and decided to go the five miles to the Library of Congress on my two wheels. It doesn't take any longer than the metro but it feels about five times as nice--time in the sunshine; beautiful views of the capitol; an invigorating climb up the hill made challenging by the Triumph's weight, a bag filled with books, and minimal gearing. It was so galvanizing, I don't know why I haven't done it sooner. This outfit was 100% functional--bright pants for visibility, turtleneck sweater for warmth in the frigid library, flat shoes for just-in-case-of-emergency on a new bike route, and a braid to fit snugly under my helmet (safety first, right?).

22 comments:

modern Suburbanites said...

LOVE your boots and turtleneck. so cute!

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Genny said...

Thank you so much for the comment about wearing a helmet - it disturbs me so much that so many people ride bikes without them!!

PS: I love this outfit! It is exactly what I wear almost all the time when I'm not at work.

Jill McFee said...

Love the classy turtleneck... And I'm such a fan of red pants!

peace&love, Jill
Favor the Brave

carrie murphy said...

love this look, tanya! it makes me want to break out my ancient black thrifted turtleneck. i feel so audrey hepburn in it, but also kinda claustrophobic...

carrie murphy said...

oops! tania.

Anonymous said...

I love my gold Breda watch. It gets lots of compliments! -Lauren

Terri said...

Too bad you rode yesterday instead of today. Yesterday was perfect bike weather. Apparently it's going to be in the 50s next week. Dust off those tires!
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What Would a Nerd Wear said...

Terri--I did ride today and it was gorgeous! I am used to frigid Midwest winter riding so even a sunny day in the thirties feels plenty warm. It has been gorgeous hasn't it?

Paige (Final Clothes-Out) said...

I think this is my favorite appearance of the red jeans so far. :-)

wildchild said...

so stylish riding your bike :) there's just something about bright winter days that's perfect for riding weather. and i'm glad you stay safe with the helmet :)

Alicia Michelle said...

Awww So cute!

Anonymous said...

i love how turtlenecks look on everybody but i just can't stand wearing them. I feel like im being choked :(

Ashley said...

Yay for helmets! I'm a bit of a helmet nazi (I lost a friend who wasn't wearing one)....

You make me want to ride my bike someplace but I'm always afraid of the traffic. I live in the South so people aren't really used to sharing the road with bikes.

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

@ashley--i'm so sorry about your friend, and i think it's so important to encourage people to wear helmets, you never know who you'll run into on the road! i hear you on the south--it is way scarier to ride your bike in a place where people aren't used to bikes than it is to ride in a city where it's crowded but at least a lot of people bike.

@anon--yes, i feel you!! i was tugging mine away from my throat all day. some turtlenecks are more comfortable than others (thin jersey ones choke me less). this one is kind of killer unless i'm freezing.

Kendra said...

Aren't colorful pants just the bomb?? I am obsessed with mine :) Love the bike, btw. I've been hunting for spare cash to invest in a sweet bike of my own.

PIECE OF CAKE. PEACE OF MIND.

Genie said...

You make safety so fashionable! I love the boots, which stand out against your vibrant pants.

xoxo,
Genie


www.uniqueandchicstyle.blogspot.com

G. said...

I love that you can look stylish while biking!

Court Collects said...

Love your boots!

2ndhandknowledge said...

Great minds think alike!... https://2ndhandknowledge.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/im-back-for-real-this-time/ :)

Cherilyn said...

Winter biking is totally the best. Fist bump to you for having the courage to get out there!

Anonymous said...

I'd go with a brighter top while cycling, but I guess it'd be pretty hard to miss seeing you in those jeans :)

I've had a love/hate relationship with turtlenecks since I was a kid and absolutely despise the type that feel like you're choking or itch like crazy.

That's why I prefer lightweight ones made of either cotton/lycra or soft quality wool.

A collar about 7 inches unfolded with just enough give so I'm not uncomfortable after a few minutes gets me through the cold months gladly :)

Cee

Anonymous said...

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