How do people know when you’ve ‘made it’?
Whether you should need to show off your success or not is another issue, but the fact remains that many of us see the things that others have and we long for them.
Growing up in a preppy suburb of Boston, I found myself coveting a slick looking Beemer because of how it looked, and more importantly, how I would look in it. I remember, with a little embarrassment, my mom asking me why I wanted a BMW, and I said, “because it is the ultimate driving machine”—she responded that their advertising had got me good.
While I no longer crave a BMW, I still have moments of coveting a slick new item from a responsible company like Patagonia, and frequently hear friends coveting the latest sports car or $120 pair of Lululemon pants, which got me thinking: What makes something aspirational?
Inspired by my friends who are oh so into the sexy cars, I wanted to help make biking sexy and aspirational—so created my 38 days (originally 30 days) of #BikeStylish.
For a period of a little over a month, I took a photo of the clothing I wore on my bike—often this was professional clothing or evening wear. I wanted to show my friends that I could be just as stylish and sexy riding my ’73 Maserati road bike as I could be behind the wheel of some sports car. I got a lot of wonderful feedback and had a lot of fun with the project.
My next self challenge will be 30 days of YouTube to help me get over my crippling awkwardness on video, so enjoy my first foray into video making with a slideshow of my #BikeStylish experiment.
Here are my 38 Days of Bike Style
I wanted to show my friends that I could be just as stylish and sexy riding my ’73 Maserati road bike as I could be behind the wheel of some sports car. I received a lot of wonderful feedback including questions on just how I rode my bike in some of these outfits which I outline in my follow-up blog How to Bike in a Mini-Skirt (& Other Bike Stylish Tips).
Join in the fun in spreading biking love by posting your own #BikeStylish photos and tagging @Jeanne_EE on Instagram. And, if you want to watch the goofiness of my next 30 challenge unfold, subscribe to my YouTube Channel.
No excuses, get out on your bike!
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Ed: Bryonie Wise