Besides being the most efficient mode of transport on the planet, the humble bicycle is also a rich source of inspiration for textile artists. Conveying feelings of freedom and a romantic reference to an elegant past, it's no wonder that there are so many beautiful bike print dresses out there. Here is our selection of the very best.
No need to bury the lede, this vintage repro dress with the pennyfarthing print is one of the very best. From the crocheted collar to the beautiful midriff yoke, the dressmaker details tell a gorgeous story. I recommend going full-on and wearing a contrasting petticoat under this dress (and over a pair of sweat-wicking bloomers) for a delightfully authentic look. Also available in straight (as in not-Plus, so Minus?) sizes.
So nice that I had to list it twice, the pink Penny Lover Dress is just as pretty as the pale blue number above. Also available in Plus sizes. I'd love to see this one worn with a jet-black crinoline peeking out from the hem. Bargain hunters should check eBay for their size.
I've seen this dress sell out again and again. And every time California label Effie's Heart brings it back by popular demand. Wear it as a sundress in the summer then keep the dream alive through fall and winter by wearing it as a jumper over your fleecy tights and a warm base layer. Use the Tandem NY Skirt Weight to keep the flared skirt tamed on blustery days.
Trust me, the photo of this dress does not do it justice. As corroborated by the Amazon reviews, Ixia makes high quality, affordable dresses in classic silhouettes and fun prints. (I have this one with a cherry print and it is one of the most flattering and easy to wear pieces in my wardrobe.) See the Vintage Bicycle Foldover Dress worn by a real (cute) human here.
Made to order in Canada, this scoop neck dress gives you that dancer-off-duty look without having to devote yourself to years of study. The deep purple bamboo-cotton jersey is hand-printed with pale grey bicycles.
As comfy as wearing a T-shirt but way more polished, this handmade, knit dress is all-over printed with what could be the Bike Pretty mascot: a cute girl riding a bike in a dress. Just the thing to wear when you want to get meta and ride a bike while wearing a dress.
The flattering surplice wrap and the simple black-on-white print put the spotlight on you and all your loveliness.
No need to go all the way back to the Forties for a beautifully OTT bicycle print, this recently discounted 1980s dress has a slightly more literal (if somewhat hallucinatory) travel themed motif. While the short, tulip skirt is not ideal for riding, the addition of a pair of dignity protectors worn underneath make it work.
And last but not least, this sundress is practically perfect in every way. From the charming impressionist scene to the ruched bustling and chic black ribbon sash, this 1950s treasure is one for the ages. If you're lucky enough to fit the XS measurements, grab it!
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