With more of the working class attempting to reduce their carbon footprint on society, commuting to work by bike or foot has experienced a renaissance. These more active methods of transportation are not only great for the environment but also your health. What they are not great for is your movement obstructing clothes, which usually end up being a sweaty mess by the time you reach the office. That is until now. This fall, we are seeing a surge of fashion-forward performance gear stylish enough for the office. Turns out, you can have it all: performance apparel for the office and beyond.
Trailblazer Jacket (Lululemon, $199): Lululemon has designed a line specifically for bike commuters, and no piece is more stylish than the Trailblazer. Not your average stiff blazer, the Trailblazer moves seamlessly with you as you move. It also keeps you and your valuables safe with built in reflectivity and interior zipper pockets for your wallet and keys.
Performance 5-Pocket Chinos (Under Armour, $90): A good pair of pants is hard to come by, but pants that are fashionable and functional are even harder. UA has nailed this with their five-pocket chino. Insanely comfortable, these pants never seem to wrinkle on my rides and look amazing with their flat front, tapered design.
Wool Denim Noble Collab (Ibex, $300): Ibex has partnered with small batch denim company Noble to design a pair of jeans perfect for the office and your commute. Their lightweight and durable blend of materials makes moving in them doable and their modern fit guarantees that you will look and feel good all day long.
Fusion Dress Socks (Stance, $14-$20): This dressy-looking performance sock was designed to keep your feet comfy all day. Their blend of silk- and moisture-wicking fabrics, combined with stylish patterns, will keep your feet looking funky without smelling that way.
Giga Bike Backpack (Deuter, $119): The Giga Bike’s unique design is perfect for bike commuters who need to keep their office materials safe and organized without your back becoming a sweaty mess from wearing a backpack. With compartments for your laptop and more, this bag is more organized than your desk at work, and its stable and well-ventilated back system will have you riding in comfort the whole time.
Crosscut Snap Shirt (Howler Brothers, $89): The quick-drying material, UV protection and sunglass-cleaning material inside the hem (the coolest feature ever) make this lightweight shirt ideal for your commute. Throw in the contrast stitching and pearl buttons, and this shirt will turn the office into Boogie Nights once you arrive.
Gastown L/S Shirt (Outdoor Research, $80): Superior breathability and quick-drying materials make this shirt comfortable to the point that you don’t even feel like you're wearing one. However, the sartorial genius of the dual chest pockets and elbow patches will remind everyone at the office that you are.
Newport Chukka Boot (Bluprint, $179): This chukka is as stylish and comfortable as they come. They feel broken in the second you put them on thanks to the supple leather upper and baby-soft insole. Combine that with the good looks that chukkas are known for and you’ve got the perfect shoe for work and play.
The Demarco Jacket (Baro, $450 CAD, about $336 US): Brand new company Baro was created to specialize in highly fashionable technical apparel. Their Demarco is not your grandfather’s mac jacket. It’s functional enough for you to run through a fire hose and still be dry, while providing you with a stylishly modern look to wear to the office or out after for drinks.