The internet has been getting pretty hyphy recently about a Tweed Bike Ride that went down this last weekend in the District of Columbia (D.C!). Apparently what happened was that a bunch of cyclists and tweed enthusiasts took over the streets of D.C. dressed to the nines and had themselves a bike parade. My understanding is that the stipulations were that one should dress in their finest outfits and if possible, ride a vintage bike. The event received a decent amount of coverage, not surprisingly on NPR.
A penny-farthing perhaps?
Despite the fact that I, like any progressive minded Chicago twenty-something is supposed to be, am a bicyclist, this event is not about the cycling involved. This event is an excuse for the people of D.C. to look fresh as hell.
This guy looks fresh as hell. His layering is great, but I am a real fan of that ascot. I have never been able to successfully pull off an ascot and I do not know anyone who has, without looking like a complete asshole. I don’t know this guy, but if I did, he would be the first guy in an ascot that I would not call an asshole. Rather, I would call him a fucking pimp.
But the previous digression is in itself a problem. The problem is that we have these preconceived notions and pretensions attached to certain items of clothing and accessories. The ascot is an example from my life, as I am sure there are plenty of items in yours, that I would not be caught wearing despite how badly I want to.
The problem is obvious in the Tweed Bike Ride. The people of D.C. have this day when they can dress up and wear stuff they probably truly like to wear. I would like to wear it also but I do not because I too would need an excuse to wear a tweed sport coat, knickerbockers, an ascot and a fedora in public for fear of looking like an asshole. I have a feeling that many reading would also.
The people of D.C. should be applauded for their Tweed Bike Ride. But at the same time they should ask themselves, as should we, “why do we need a reason to look fresh as hell”?
When we can everyday.
I have a feeling this guy doesn’t need a reason.
To check out some hot tweed clothing and similar items creep on: Dashing Tweeds