But first a little story if you'll allow me to get off-topic. After getting dressed, I walked downstairs and asked my husband to take these photos. He hesitantly said, "What...is that...? A belt around the outside of your sweater?" And then, "Is it supposed to be worn like that?" I assured him that the belt was worn on the outside on purpose.
[Tangent: I admit that I really don't know anything about fashion. I just wear what is comfortable for me and what makes me feel good. Because when I feel good, I feel confident. Since I am an introvert and shy around people I don't know very well, I need all the confidence I can get!] So my cardigan has a straight cut and NO shape. And I've read that for someone who has an hour glass figure I should not wear things that hide my waist or I will look like a tree trunk. Well...not exactly THOSE words but that's how I remember it. I have also read that a belt worn at the waist can cinch a shapeless sweater so I did just that!
looks like a fitted pencil skirt. BUT a-ha! There is a little secret--the hidden godets that allow for a wider range of movement when cycling. The low profile zippers on the seam just above each knee unzip from the hem at the knees up to the hips revealing an extra piece of fabric attached to the inside of the skirt. Another zipper is located on the side of the left hip to get in and out of the skirt.
|Hidden godets at the seams above the knee allow for a wider range of leg movement.|
I can take BIG strides!
|Betabrand Bike to Work Skirt looks great on and off the bike.|
The only flaw I could find was the back stitching of the hem on one side went too far and prevented one of the zippers from zipping down and up easily. I will need to fix that when I get a moment. Other than that, the skirt is well made (in San Francisco, CA) and will last through many washings. I am very hard on my clothes but I definitely think this one will last at least two seasons. At $98 it can be a little pricey but the features are well worth it to me. I picked it up for $73.50 during its concept design and it needed crowdfunding to go to production. But if you can get a 10% or 20% discount code by uploading your photo to be Betabrand's model citizen!
I am so glad Betabrand's graphic designer Mickey Roxas designed this skirt, which is currently offered in gray and black. I love it so much I ordered another skirt in black. The Bike to Work commuter skirt does exactly what it is designed to do and it does it well!!