20 Miles in a Zac Posen Dress and 4-Inch Heels

On Sunday, I biked 20 miles in a Zac Posen dress and four-inch high-heeled ankle boots.  My day was full, including a trip downtown for a Joffrey Ballet performance and to the Logan Square neighborhood for my friend Sara’s Oscar party.  Getting ready in the morning, I considered throwing on jeans, flat boots and a wool sweater, but decided to stay strong and dress appropriately for the occasions.

The (second-hand) dress conveniently zips all the way down the back from both ends, allowing me to create more leeway from the bottom while on my bike.

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The weather was sunny and 30 degrees.  For the ride, I threw on a cardigan, trench, cashmere scarf, gloves, and winter helmet.  The trench coverage was helpful because the dress did ride up a bit while biking.

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Once I got downtown, I was able to take the Dearborn protected bike lane for the final mile and a half.  The city has a special snow plow to use for protected lanes and the lane was plowed, but sloppily and some areas were more clear than others.

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And look!  An SUV parked in the lane.  This was the second one I saw.  The city needs to: 1) create better signage; 2) build real barriers; and 3) ticket these drivers.

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Okay, back to my happy place…

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The ballet, American Legends, was beautiful and thought-provoking as always, as was the view from my first-row-balcony season ticket seat.  (Thanks, Groupon!)

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Leaving the ballet, I mounted my camera on Betty Foy’s handlebars and made a video of my ride on the Dearnborn protected lane and the connected Kinzie protected lane.  I’ll post the video soon.

The Oscar party was fun (despite the host’s lame “jokes”) and I enjoyed biking home on empty streets at the end of the night, 12 hours after I left.  My dress and heels were fun for the day, but I was happy to change into flannel pajamas.  :-)

  • http://letsgorideabike.com LGRAB

    Cute dress! I tried to watch the Oscars and failed. Even when a misogynist is not hosting, I find them pretty unwatchable. So slow. But I’ll go to a viewing party of anything, as my continued attendance at Superbowl parties can attest (drinks and delicious snacks being an irresistible draw). I’m sure Sara’s party was a blast!

    • http://letsgorideabike.com/blog Dottie

      Yeah, we were definitely doing more snacking and drinking (and snarking, of course!) than watching.

  • grace

    Love that red trench – and so visible. Fashion and biking are not mutually exclusive as you so wonderfully demonstrate.

    • http://letsgorideabike.com/blog Dottie

      Thank you! I do love the high visibility of the red trench while biking, although sometimes when just walking down the street, I feel a little too visible. :)

    • http://myaudienceisowls.blogspot.com/ Dottie

      Thank you! I do love the high visibility of the red trench while biking, although sometimes when just walking down the street, I feel a little too visible. :)

  • http://twitter.com/itsoutsidetime Outside Time

    Seth McFarland was terrible. The ‘joke’ about the Kardashians? Is this really what counts as mainstream “comedy” in 2013?

    • http://letsgorideabike.com/blog Dottie

      Yeah, seriously, that was crap.

  • http://twitter.com/OwlFiftyEight John Kirk

    Seeing you keep going through a Chicago winter has inspired me to do the same in Chicago’s twin city in the UK,Birmingham.

    • http://letsgorideabike.com/blog Dottie

      That’s cool to hear! Keep on keeping on. :)

  • http://twitter.com/Vivakresh Josette A Gonzales

    I love your dress and red trench! I just got myself a waterproof warm trench from England and am so excited to start cycling with it. My question for you is about tights. Can you talk more about your favorite brands, about sizing, and buying online? thanks!

    • http://letsgorideabike.com/blog Dottie

      On this day, I wore Hue sweater tights from Nordstrom Rack (my source for discounted tights), but I don’t necessarily recommend them. They really only last one season before getting old and sorta baggy looking. I’m planning on a post about tights soon, but unfortunately I’m still trying to find my holy grail of tights. :)

  • steve_a_dfw

    An effective solution to the SUV parking would be for Chicago to explicitly allow cyclists to deflate up to one offending tires. And publicize that authority.

    • http://letsgorideabike.com/blog Dottie

      Ha, but that would possibly result in greasy fingers. I liked the guy on Twitter who said something about keying the car (with an Abus key, naturally). :-) Not that I would really do something like that…

  • georgina ormrod

    that is an amazing dress & multi-way zips do sound fantastically useful for the cyclist

    • http://letsgorideabike.com/blog Dottie

      Yes, I was happy about the zip from the bottom. Otherwise, I would not have bought the dress because it would have been nearly impossible to bike while wearing it.

    • http://myaudienceisowls.blogspot.com/ Dottie

      Yes, I was happy about the zip from the bottom. Otherwise, I would not have bought the dress because it would have been nearly impossible to bike while wearing it.