Ah, spring! Who’s ready to toss those fleece tights and shed that tired Fair Isle? It’s that beloved season where you can throw on a bright, springtime frock and look instantly polished. Let’s face it though: not all sundresses are created equal when your mode of transport is 2 wheels. But with this handy list, you can say goodbye to unnecessary ruffles getting caught in your bike chain, restrictively straight-cut skirts, and overly revealing hemlines. Before you go: don’t forget to throw your trusty Bird Industries skirt garter (available here and here) in your bike bag or musette to avoid those Marilyn Monroe moments.
So bare those knees and show off your shoulders! You’ve earned it after a long winter of wool layers and spin classes. Here are 7 sundresses perfect for some springtime bike riding.
Gingham Garden Party Dress; $178 at Anthropologie.
Anthropologie has the “effortlessly pulled together and worldly” look down pat. This cotton, A-line dress has two of the best elements a sundress can offer: it has pockets and it’s machine-washable. Plus, it’s adorable.
Floral Fit & Flare Dress; $69.95 at Gap.
Muted florals dancing across a denim-y cotton weave? You can bet this is in our online cart. Wear this number to brunch, museum day-dates, and your favorite alt country rock show.
Pro tip: With the fullness of this skirt, you might require two skirt garters—just to be safe.
Abroad Dress; $98 at Madewell.
Goodbye, LBD! This spring, we’re ready for some color. And this structural yet stretchy Madewell dress does the trick. Go ahead, click on the link and zoom in close. The flattering seams across the bodice and through the skirt give the dress an added layer of sophistication. Bike to work, throw on your blazer and oxfords, and you’re ready to take on the 9-5.
When Casual Calls Dress; $54.99 at Modcloth.
Lazy Saturday? Modcloth’s When Casual Calls Dress is the most laid back of the bunch. A stretchy fit & flare that’s made for morning coffees and afternoons on the patio, it will keep you riding pretty.
Double-Knit Racerback A-Line Dress; on sale for $69.50 at J.Crew Factory.
It this bright, frothy pink doesn’t scream spring, we don’t know what does. Plus, with that chic racerback, the spring sun will highlight your shoulders just so. Need to take this number from day to evening? It’s a snap. Exchange your flats for a pair of nude heels, pull your hair into a top knot, throw on a necklace to compliment the lower neckline, reapply your gloss and badda-bing!
Donna Morgan Floral Print Fit & Flare Dress; $138 at Nordstrom.
We definitely don’t want to incite the disdain of Miranda Priestly, but for spring, we simply cannot resist a bright floral print. The inverted front pleat of Donna Morgan’s fit & flare makes this dress oh so bikeable. Appropriate for the days when your office’s “innovative open floor plan” needs a jolt of color.
Antique Boutique Dress; $54.99 at Modcloth.
Lightweight, chambray, easy, and breezy. What’s not to love? The flattering v-neck and slimming princess seams make Modcloth’s Antique Boutique Dress an easy choice.
Now shut down that laptop and go ride into the new spring sun!