Cycle to the Office on a Wet Summer’s Day – Style Guide

Don’t compromise. Now you can get smart clothes for the office that are also comfortable to cycle in – meaning you don’t have to lug around a spare pair of clothes on your commutes.

And let’s face it, no British summer is complete without a hearty downpour. So, I’ve compiled men’s and lady’s outfits that look dapper, but are also water resistant and nice and breathable – keeping you dry on top of and under your clothes.

Cycle to the office in style this “summer”.

First up, the men…

Men’s Style Guide for a Wet Summer’s Day

1) Vulpine – Men’s Harrington Rain Jacket – £102

A smart, water-resistant number from Vulpine that is perfect for riding on cooler days. The jacket also provides a great fit for cycling, with extra coverage in all the right places, making it one of the best urban cyclist jackets around. Ste originally reviewed this jacket in 2013 and gave it a solid 8.6/10 – unsurprisingly, this is a staple in the Vulpine collection.

2) Rapha – Poplin Shirt – £120

I was lucky enough to try on this shirt when I visited Rapha HQ earlier in the summer (watch out for the Behind the Scenes at Rapha post coming soon…) and fell in love with this shirt – along with a few other pieces in Rapha City Collection. The slim fit is perfect, the stretch is on point and also features high-quality breathable material to make your ride a breeze (pun intended).

3) Spoke – Bulletproofs Trousers – £129

I’ve been wearing these a lot recently (again, post coming soon) and love how Spoke have fused functionality and style so well. These cycling pants come in four colours: dark navy (pictured), slate, olive and tobacco. These keks are water resistant, offer plenty of stretch, boast some discreet reflective strips and breath really well.

4) Chrome – Urban Ex Daypack – $150

San Francisco-based Chrome are one of the leaders in urban cycling clothes and accessories and this bag looks great. It’s 100% waterproof, is tough and offers plenty of space. It has plenty of compartments inside – including a 13” padded laptop sleeve – as well as reflective webbing to ensure maximum visibility it low light.

Women’s Style Guide for a Wet Summer’s Day

1) System of Motion – Ludwig Shirt – £95

The new kids on the block, System of Motion, released a gorgeous set of formal white shirts for women in various fits this year and are now starting to expand their range with some new colours. The Ludwig is my personal favourite – a minimalistic number with a slim body cut and articulated around the shoulders. Other shirts in the range include the Walter (boyfriend fit) and the Paul (wide silhouette fit). Make sure you keep an eye of System of Motion – one of the most promising urban cycling brands around for women.

2) Basil – Noir Business Bag – €69.99

Bags don’t get much more versatile than this. This is a handbag, a business bag and a bicycle shoulder bag rolled into one – and it looks good too! 17L in volume gives you plenty of room for the necessities and is water resistant, so will keep the contents dry.

3) Ligne 8 – Olivia Skirt – $108

Stylish skirts that are suitable for urban cycling are at a premium in the market, but this piece from Ligne 8 is a good example of what can be achieved. The Olivia is water and crease resistant, and offers a four-way stretch crepe for maximum comfort when riding. If jeans are more your thing, you can read our review of the Ligne 8 Cycling Jeans here.

4) Cleverhood – Cleverlite Rain Cape – $59-89

Another product that Ste reviewed way-back-when, although this is a new iteration of the cycling rain cape – now made with a lighter material. Ideally for throwing on in a downpour, the Cleverlite is completely waterproof and reflective and comes with a mesh bag to store it away. Price depends on which materials you want. Comes in plenty of bright colours.

COMMENT BELOW: What do you wear on your commutes on those muggy warm-wet days?

Pete Reynolds

Pete is the co-founder and editor of Discerning Cyclist. He commutes by bike daily from his home to his co-working space. Originally from Wirral, UK, Pete now lives in Spain. When visiting a new city, Pete loves nothing more than to explore it on two wheels. See Pete's Muck Rack profile

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