When I saw Teen Vogue’s fashion director Gloria Baume´s photo in pink mini skirt, white graphic tee layered over by a printed cardigan and pink ballet flats biking her way to a show during fashion week, I was completely convinced that my two loves – fashion and biking – go hand in hand.
Gloria Baume looked magnificent, fashionable and relaxed on her fashionista bike. I saw many creative fashion photos with cute girls maneuvering an equally gorgeous bike. Biking is definitely a fashion trend. Does it help that we´ve started seeing bikes on the runway early this year (think PPQ’s AW12 show)?
Dolce & Gabbana “The Animalier” Leopard-Print Bike
And yet, as if to tap my heart for animal print, Dolce & Gabbana released the ultimate summer accessory – a bicycle in leopard print.
The “animalier” bicycle features a female frame for front-side, a basket, a Dolce & Gabbana branded bell and leather seat. It will be available this summer in a limited edition at Dolce & Gabbana boutiques.
Now, this darling is definitely a “city bike”. First, it´s designer and it´s estimated to cost for about 3k, which makes you love to manuever it in the city, right?
Imagine … biking (with this Animalier bike) on a forested, country side.
But the main question is, are you willing to throw that much money, 3k dollars, for such a fashionista bike?
For me, the answer is “NO”. I don´t have that much money to splurge.
The Alternative – Fashionable and Affordable
But since biking is my favorite sports, I looked for a more affordable and still fashionista bike.
Fashionista Custom Deluxe 26, a customized women’s beach cruiser bicycle vanilla, is good-looking and is available for only a little over $200.
Fashionista Custom Deluxe 26, $279.95 Amazon.com
It features contour custom floral cruiser seat, velo stitching brown cruiser grips, and handmade wicker basket.
What I love the most about this bike is it´s trendy look – two toned, colorblocked feature – which is derived by integrating different color frame and rims. Nice and clean.
I don´t have this bike yet because I´m still saving for it but I´ll definitely have it delivered before it runs out of stock.
What about you? Which fashionista bike are you? The gorgeous designer or the affordable fashionista?