Fashion Friday: Rainy Day Biking

It’s been raining for a week here. After more than a month with no rain, and weeks of scorching heat, that’s no bad thing. But it does make for a change in my riding apparel. Here’s what I wish I had to wear this rainy morning: a neutral dress with bright accents, overshoes that work with heels and a rain cape. Whee, rain capes! There are a lot of options out there; the Iva Jean I chose is on the pricey side but Amazon has options from $11. And of course, you need a bright and cheery upright bike to wear it on. I chose Sara’s.


Rainy day cycling

Rainy day cycling by trishap 

Jaeger maxi dress, $93 / Mango high heels, $46 / Coral jewelry / Rain on Photobucket / Bicycle Doctor – Womens Classic Bikes – Pashley Poppy / Iva Jean — Rain Cape / Swims Women’s City Slipper – Low Cut Shoe Cover – designer shoes,…
  • Nathan Townshend

    I used to love this blog, but this is just an advert, and I’m afraid I hate adverts.

    • Dottie

      This is not an advertisement: we are compensated in no way by any of these companies and have no affiliate links.  This is simply some fashion fun at the end of a long week. 

      Also, do you ever read newspapers or magazines?  They are filled with advertising, which is necessary to pay writers, photographers, editors, and distributors.  Trisha and I perform all those functions for LGRAB and bring you this content at no cost to you.  So by all means cease loving this blog for mentioning products, but I find that view to be a bit offensive. 

      • Kim

         Dottie, as another reader I think your reaction was a little too defensive without addressing a core issue I think the reader intends. A lot of these fashion entries/product reviews show products that are way out of the realistic price range for many your readers. (I almost said something when you posted the $300 raincoats made in England, but couldn’t figure out the right words…) Also, many of them are just photo collages of things to buy — there are also some fashion blogs I really enjoy out there, but they tend to be street-style — I love seeing what people are wearing and making work in their daily lives, and that’s why I tend to read and enjoy personal blogs over big-brand magazines in the first place.

        I hope you take this to heart, because I enjoy yours and Trisha’s personalities and I read LGRAB because I like the idea of a fun, style-oriented biking blog. Perhaps slightly less frequent, but more in-depth posts would be a good option. Thanks.

        • Dottie

          Thanks, Kim.  I appreciate your thoughtful response.  I saw the core issue of the original commenter as advertising, not pricing, which is why I responded as I did.  “I used to love this blog, but this is just an advert, and I’m afraid I hate adverts.”  

          We started this particular series because readers overwhelmingly asked for more fashion content in response to our reader survey and we have gotten a lot of positive feedback since starting the series. 

          I understand your concern about pricing.  I guess we should be more clear that we create these collages as creative fantasy outfits, sort of how I look through magaziness and style blogs for inspiration for my next thrifting expedition.  When looking for inspiration, I favor original and independent designs over mass-produced options, which is why the items tend to the more expensive side.  Putting together the collages is a lot of fun for me, precisely because I already post so many photos of myself and what I wear and make work on a daily basis. 

          I hope that helps explain where we are coming from and I’ll certainly keep your points in mind!

          Ride on!  :)

          • Lovely Bicycle!

            I am not into clothes shopping, but I sill enjoy the LGRAB Fashion Fridays. To me they are about ideas and not about “go out and buy this.”  A couple of times I’ve seen a colour combination that made me think “Oh I should try that” – using items of clothing I already own. Thanks for the Friday fun ladies!

  • Melanie Suzanne

    I love your Fashion Friday posts and think it’s fun to play imaginary dress-up with a bike.

    • LGRAB

      Thanks Melanie, that’s what we intend with this feature!

  • Dottie

    I love the neutral dress with the pops of red.  Classic but fun.  I’ve never used overshoes before, but the concept is intriguing. 

    I also want a Pashley like Sara’s.  My birthday is in 3 months – thanks!  ;)

  • Sara Brammeier

    I love Fashion Fridays!  It’s a treat to see what Trisha and Dottie pull together every week.  I may not be able to afford every item that is posted but I appreciate the quality and the hard work that goes into such pieces.  That said, I often use posts like these as a blueprint when I’m shopping and look for options more in my budget.  

    Thanks for featuring Poppy!  She’s such an amazing bike and the red shoes would look great with her!

  • Glovetogloveyou

    Love this combo!!! I use these great fashion posts as inspiration…and then I (forgive me for writing this cliche) “shop my closet” to get the same look.  I appreciate a different perspective on clothes, and one that considers cycling as part of the equation.  I have a pet peeve of editorial spreads that use bikes as props, and the models aren’t wearing anything they could actually cycle in :)
    Keep up the good work!  I don’t take any issue with the shopping/style content on your site, and because you have such established priorities I take your product reviews seriously.  Thanks for all your hard-work ladies, you consistently amaze me!!!

  • Michelle Stenzel

    What a timely post: It’s finally raining in Chicago today, too! Lovely collage.

  • Agnieszka

    Love this outfit. Do you happen to have any recommendations for a cape at in a lower price range? 

    • Trisha

      Thanks! I am not sure you can get any lower than the Amazon option for $11 that I linked to — but if I come across any more mid-range or low-price options, I will share them here! You could add reflective tape to the Amazon cape to make it even more cycle-friendly.