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Winter is here and it is chilly, but don’t go ditching those skirts in your wardrobe in the name of Mr. Practicality! Oh no, for I believe that the winter months allow the female cyclist to wear a variety of skirts, more than in summer in fact. 'Oh hello? What do you mean?' I hear you cry. Well, yes, hello my reader friend! If I have to spell it out then fine. That's what I'm here for....
In winter the rules for wearing a skirt to cycle in are different and the main reason for this is the humble tight (or pantyhose as those across the pond like to call it). 100 denier or fine wool, when teamed with a skirt, tights are my best friend on dark, winter bicycle rides. And it's not just warmth they provide but COVERAGE. Here are the reasons why you should carry on wearing skirts and how you can get away with going a few inches shorter if you wish:
NUMBER ONE – Wearing black tights means that even if you do flash a little bit of your nether region then no one will be any the wiser. All you can see is darkness! So all those sleazy van drivers out there who actively wind down their window to stick their head out to check you (yes this happens) can go and stick their head in their concrete mixer instead. Thick wooly tights are practically like leggings, there is no way you will reveal any surprises. Dignity in tact, phew!
NUMBER TWO – On the subject of leggings, why not stick a pair over your tights if you are feeling the chill? This will add extra warmth and comfort and 100% pant coverage under your skirt. Plus, it’s easy to take off when you arrive at your destination without too much fumbling in the toilets.
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NUMBER THREE – Oh, how I love the humble winter coat. This is the ultimate in bottom half coverage. Most winter coats fall below the waist which is a lifesaver if you want to sport the mini-skirt on a bicycle when going on a night out. The winter coat adds extra coverage around the saddle and the sides of your legs as demonstrated above. Buttoning your coat up also means that your lap is also covered up.
So you see, don’t ditch wearing a skirt on your bicycle this winter, just make sure to buy some snug tights or leggings to keep you warm and dignified!