Babes on Bikes

Fashion worth pedaling for

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Nothing touches that first bike ride of the summer. The air has finally warmed, the sun is shining, and it’s time once again to pump up those tires and hit the road. When all the cyclists take to the city streets for those few hot months, it often seems as though a colourful parade has been set into motion. The bikes are gleaming, the bells are chiming, and the fashion is impeccable.

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Cycle Style is a book dedicated to capturing the beauty of people paired with bikes, their outfits almost always complementing their mode of transportation. These full-page portraits were shot exclusively in London, a decision based on author Horst A. Freidrichs’s observation that “Many individuals within London cycling culture display an originality in style and dress that places the capital at the head of cycling style, worldwide.” While I’m not sure I agree wholeheartedly with this statement (Toronto could give ‘em a run for their money!), it’s impossible to deny the subjects of these photos are a spectacular bunch.

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Subjects range from couples to kids and mountain bikes to sleek fixies. Classically dapper London folk straddle their seats in tweed caps and argyle socks, while handsome hipsters in button-down shirts lean coolly to the side of their two-wheeled companions. The baskets of a few riders’ cruiser bikes hold peonies, while others appear to be empty for the time being. With the turn of each page, new accessories and add-ons are revealed, from bells to bottles of wine in specially constructed holders. The bikes are painted and decorated, accessorized and improved until each bike is as original and unique as its owner. One adorable rider even seems to have matched her outfit perfectly to the colours on her ride: her red dress perched delicately atop her shiny red bike, with the tiny turquoise triangle pattern tying in with the blue handlebar wrap. Black tights and a flimsy hair bow pull the tires and pedals into the look, and an adorable blond mushroom cut tops it all off.

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Filled with pictures save for a page or two of credits, acknowledgements and a short foreword, this book is clearly created by a photographer. These sartorial cyclists will have you oiling your chain and polishing your frame within moments of closing the last page.

photography // Brianne Burnell

Mad Victorian Fantasy

Wornettes attended Toronto's annual Steam on Queen street fair, a celebration of Steampunk

This June marked the second annual Steam on Queen, one of the world’s largest outdoor Steampunk fairs, at Toronto’s historic Campbell House. It was a fitting location for the event, being the oldest surviving house in the city, and despite the weather not really cooperating, people got dressed in their Steampunkiest finest for a day of shopping, music, and art devoted to this retro-futuristic subculture.

photography // Laura Tuttle

Megan Wornette

Our latest editorial intern loves her some internet

I’m a recent graduate of Centennial College’s Book and Magazine Publishing program, and currently the Lifestyle and Science and Technology editor of Paper Droids, a geek culture site for and by women that I created with classmates from the program. I love TV, history, video games, and fashion, as well as the style that lurks within all of these things. I would describe my style as somewhere between Zooey Deschanel and Liz Lemon. That is, a girly tomboy. I’m a huge fan of WORN and super excited to be part of the Wornette Army!

Current Inspirations

The Hairpin
I’m a pretty active member of The Hairpin community, and while this is not just a style site, Jane Marie’s How to Be a Girl posts are amazing, and they recently started a series about the style of historical figures, complete with modern clothing picks. There may also be a (not very) secret Google Group where we all talk about and show each other our outfits, and it is probably my current greatest inspiration on what I’m wearing right now. So many stylish ‘Pinners!

Calivintage
This vintage-focused blog was one of the first style blogs that I followed regularly, and is a pretty good representation of the clothes I like to wear. I even took a picture of Erin’s pixie cut from a few years in to the hairdresser when I cut my hair short a little while ago. Which is not creepy at all, right? >.>

Japanese Streets
Asia, but especially Japan, has some of the coolest street fashion in the world, and Japanese Streets is hands down the best English language Japanese street style site on the web.

Console to Closet
I am a huge gamer, so of course I’m in love with this Tumblr that is full of outfits inspired by my favourite video game characters.

Old Rags
I can, and have, spent entire afternoons looking through this Tumblr of the clothing collections of museums around the world. The elaborate Russian gowns are probably my favourite. And the flapper dresses. And anything from the Renaissance. Okay, so everything is my favourite.

photography // Chayonika Chandra