With a mission to discover the future of bike fashion and a focus on female interests, Sharon previews the up-coming collections by all the leading manufacturers at Eurobike 2013.
The office highlighters seem to have been the inspiration for next year’s colours. A daring range of neons: shocking pink, popping turquoise, vivid reds and oranges, fluorescent greens and yellows feature in almost every range – Perfect for complementing sun-kissed olive skins, but maybe not so flattering for pasty Brits! Not sure as to what extent it will take off over here, as we do tend to be carefully conservative when making additions to our hardworking biking wardrobe.
The other new season colour trend is for shades inspired by the bazaar; golden spicy hues, rich yellows, oranges and henna red.
X-Bionic’s body contouring (no baggies here!) thermo-regulated cycle wear stole the show with a mantra of “turning sweat into energy”.
Jackets with a view! High performance see-through material to protect you from the elements. A kind of posh rain Mac!
Rainbow slippers – Dorothy eat your heart out! Someone has waved a magic wand over these.
Socks go all the way! The trend for longer socks has reached new heights. I’m not sure we’re ready for this one yet.
Grey is the new black for baggies and three-quarters. A great contrast with the new brights.
Bike tops go soft on us! A number of manufacturers feature new skin friendly, cotton-feel fabrics for bike jerseys. No compromise on the wicking properties either; these have to catch on!
Companies to look out for
Streetwise urban styling with an attitude.
Saw this jacket on with the ¾ black baggies below (actually men’s but they looked great on her) and wanted one!
Austrian for quality! A company with strong eco ethics, who pride themselves on their credentials for in-house production.
A lifestyle choice! Moroccan inspired designs in an extensive collection of high performance wear and leisure clothing.
Some other goodies that caught my eye
Gore Bike Wear
.and finally, my “to die for” favourites
Scott stole my heart with this sumptuously soft and effortlessly cool reversible red/orange soft shell and edgy grey coordinating shorts combo,
…and whilst I’m not quite ready for technicolour footwear, these super shiny statement black patents will be on my wish list!