vintage girl bike style

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A couple months ago I moved 25 miles North to the top of the Bay.  I knew was in for a lifestyle change becoming a homeowner, but I was a bit ill-prepared on how it would effect my personal style.  I used to drive to work daily, which meant I could dress up to my heart’s content, and wear shoes that click clacked down the office hallway.  Now I bike and take the ferry to the office, having bought a cheap men’s bike off Craigslist to use for my commute. The non step-through frame means I can’t wear my usual go-to of circle skirts and dresses. I have to wear items like *GASP* pants and *ANOTHER GASP* cotton t-shirts.  It’s been a struggle to find the right outfits that still make me feel like me.

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Luckily I’m starting to get a bit more savvy in the commuter style department.  I felt pretty good in this number, being that it was mostly vintage.  And something I need to remember is that red lipstick ALWAYS makes me feel glamorous, no matter what I’m wearing!

Blouse: Vintage from Held Over on Haight
50s jeans: from OLL FB group
Sunflower print sneakers: Vans
Bakelite rings and bangles: various sources – from Ebay, to Relic Vintage on Haight
Wood watch: Fieldcrest in Maple, c/o Jord
Backpack: Jansport
Sunglasses: Prada knockoffs from a shop in Alameda

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I might as well call that backpack vintage, because it’s my backpack from high school!  All original patches from that era of my life!  And FYI Jansport has a lifetime guarantee.  I had kept this for a long time even when the zipper broke because it was special to me with all those patches sewn on.  When I learned about their guarantee I sent it in to Jansport and they fixed it for free!  I love that I’m able to use it again.

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It was also great timing when Jord asked if I wanted to review one of their watches for my blog.  Now that I have ferries to catch, I needed a timepiece that I could wear daily that would go with everything.  I couldn’t be happier with the watch I chose, the maple Fieldcrest. I love that it is subtle yet boldly unique. Their sizing instructions made it easy to ensure a perfect fit.

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Any ideas on what I can wear on the bike? Lately I’ve been eyeing 1960s scooter dresses with the built-in shorts. And I’ve even been searching for 1980s jumpsuits! Here’s to new sartorial challenges in life!

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*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*

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  1. Land O Lakes Gal

    I always loved 40s culottes look for bicycling.

  2. Jessica Cangiano

    Fabulous outfit!!! I absolutely love that top – the punchy red on white pairs so sublimely with dark denim. You’re the picture of summertime casual style!

    ♥ Jessica

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