One significant transformation in American behavior has helped precipitate the trend: We’re biking to work more. Maybe it’s the spike in gas prices, or greater environmental awareness, or just the desire to integrate exercise into daily life (rather than tacking it on like a time-sapping chore), but bike commuting in the US has doubled since 2005. All of a sudden, we need clothing that’s appropriate for the office but cut for biking comfort and capable of resisting grease, mud, sweat, and chain and pedal snags.
In response, suits now stretch, vents are everywhere, classic chinos tout odor-repelling properties, and dress shirts maximize quick cooling and drying. There’s even a certain caché to these clothes, an insider wink that comes from a hidden reflective swatch revealed by a cuffed pant leg.
A few of our favorites brands and pieces the epitomize the trend: Outlier’s slim-silhouetted performance wear, the Levi’s Commuter Series, The Madison Bike Blazer from Canvas Lands’ End, and the Atmos Base Layer from Ministry of Supply.