Walk into the typical Local Bike Shop (LBS) and you're unlikely to find one good-looking lid, let alone 10 chic helmets in the latest colors. So I rounded up a selection of stylish head-protectors that are perfectly on-trend for the Fall 2014 season, based on this highly-researched report from a top fashion forecasting agency. Here are ten cool helmets that'll turn your bike lane into a runway.
I'm a big fan of helmets that take style cues from hats. This grey skate style from Bern is just the thing to top off a classic garçonne ensemble. Thanks to the built-in brim, you even get a little extra sun protection.
One of the prettiest woodgrain helmets you can find (yes, that's a thing).
The Santa Cruz based Giro has been making comfortable and affordable urban cycling helmets for years. The Sutton is a relatively new design that has lots of appeal. In this case, red means go.
Sure. Saying that "leopard is hot for Fall" is nearly as groundbreaking as noting that we'll all be wearing florals for Spring. But there's a good reason. When it comes to building a stylish wardrobe, leopard print is actually a neutral.
Designed in Denmark for the urban, style-conscious commuter, this lightweight helmet features a streamlined design for easy stowing. It's the perfect helmet for bike share members who don't want to lug around a bulky lid.
Because sometimes basic black is just a little too basic, this sleek all-season style from Bern features gold details. It's like giving your commute the Midas touch. I love how the brim is lined with gold. So flattering!
Nutcase Helmets was started by an ex-Nike graphic designer who wanted to bring artistic flair to BMX style bike helmets. While the prints and patterns get the company a lot of attention, the solid colors are really quite beautiful in their own right. This is the helmet to wear when you slow your roll, the better to show off your Vivienne Westwood skirt suit.
From Carven to Chanel, pink is everywhere this season. While shrink it and pink it has a checkered past in the bike industry, when it comes to the runways, it's all about making a big statement. Literally. Pink and pastel coats were enormous. Considering the relentless grey tones of the city in Winter, this on-trend shade is practically hi-viz.
One of the best parts of cooler-temp dressing is getting to play with texture. Taking a cue from Givenchy's ultra-luxe fur and paillette combo, this helmet mixes matte and shiny in a subtle leopard print. The warm beige color hints at the charm of vintage compacts.
Some days it takes forever to get dressed in the morning. It's too hard to narrow down the options. When faced with such a big decision, go for the bold patterns. That's what I would do. Enter the Mini Dots, Nutcase's concession to us spotty. Sometimes more is more, you know?