You don’t exactly have to be Tom Ford these days to know we’re in the middle of a menswear revolution, a mind-boggling, rule-defying era when it’s OK for guys to wear sweatpants—sorry, joggers—to work, it’s totally normal hearing a white-collar worker drop phrases like “fly colorways” when describing his $800 velvet sneakers, and it’s simply a fact that the razor’s edge of menswear chic is no longer in Milan but at NBA press conferences. In short: Never before has the line between high-end fashion and athleticwear been more blurred.
But as much as I dig a gym-worthy hoodie under a snappy blazer, there’s one surging trend I love even more: today’s luxury bike-commuting clothing. And no, I don’t mean your typical space-age, Lycra, time-trial getup. I’m talking about spread-collar dress shirts, club-worthy tailored jeans, and elegant, slim-fitting slacks that are specifically built to fight sweat—and made entirely of technical, state-of-the-art fabrics and fashioned at the hand of tailors at the top of their game. At a time when biking to work has never been more popular, it’s now gotten even more practical and stylish. So I tried all of the leading brands and singled out the items you need to buy right now. Just don’t forget your helmet.
Mark Ellwood is the author of Bargain Fever: How to Shop in a Discounted World.