Fall is really here, and we feel lucky that some talented friends and Nutcase family members are giving us their style ideas for warmth, happiness, and weather protection whether we are on our commute or a weekend ramble.
Lindsey Morse, who created this laydown of classic ‘sea of plaid’ fall styling, is a freelance writer, brand strategist, and founder of the website The Elegant Hippie. Enjoy her great take on cycling and outdoor style, and keep on riding.
First, the outfit:
- Woolrich Mill Wool Popover Hooded Poncho. This pattern harkens back to the early days of forest clearing when a trader named McCluskey brought his Scottish clan’s red and black tartan blankets to trade with Indians. Eventually the black and red checks were called Buffalo plaid.”And who doesn’t want to rock a buffalo plaid poncho?” asks Lindsey. The Popover is great for layering, says Woolrich, and has three-quarter raglan sleeves. “I immediately imagined myself cycling down a country road to a pumpkin patch somewhere.”
- Kor ünterwear. Even casual cyclists can appreciate a soft landing, Lindsey said. Kor ünterwear undies can hide underneath any pant or skirt and give a rider a little extra padding for longer jaunts.
- Kor Unisex ¾ Legging Tight. Kor was started by a beautiful and stylish NYC cyclist who decided to take matters into her own hands and design great technical clothing with urban sensibility. These Legging Tights let you go all day and let you pull the waistband low for a baggier look or roll the same waistband down for a slimmer silhouette.
- Woolrich Lane Boot. A casual shoe with suede upper and water-and-stain-resistant finish. “These Lane boots have hardly left my feet since they arrived,” Lindsey said. “They feel like slippers and stuff easily into a bag, are pre-treated for rainy weather and have a rubber sole that grips your pedals.”
- Schaefer Rag Wool Fingerless Ranchhand Gloves. These fingerless gloves keep your hands warm and yet still nimble. Wool and nylon. Made in the U.S.A.
- Nutcase Lumberjack Bike Helmet. This helmet has a classic outdoor aesthetic, Lindsey said. We agree. Goes with basic black and every other fall palette you can think up.
And for your accoutrements:
- Red Clouds Collective Leather Blanket Carrier. It is a handsome, handy carrier and can pack additional items you want to take along for a fall colors ride. Handmade in Portland, OR.
- Shwood Sunglasses Madison Fifty/Fifty Women’s Collection. These glasses are from the company's new women's collection, with rounded lenses and real wood inlays. Also made in Portland, from sustainable wood and acetate.
- Leatherman Multitool Tread Bracelet. This 10-link bracelet hides 29 different tools. It's also TSA approved. "When I realized I could wear 29 tools disguised as a bracelet I was sold. Leatherman is changing the game with this one," Lindsey said.
- Leatherman Multitool Juice XE6. "I love tools, and there are a lot of multi-tool designs out there," Lindsey said. "But for biking, I insist mine has a corkscrew, which Leatherman Juice does."
- Stanley Thermos Classic Vacuum Bottle. This iconic one-quart thermos has fostered adventures for generations, and it's naturally BPA free. "It's an oldie but a goody," said Lindsey.
- Walnut Spartan Carton 6-pack. Portland, OR-based Walnut has crafted a handmade leather 6-pack holder that affixes to your bike frame. You can take it anywhere. Is there really anything else to say? Pure genius!
- North St. Ankle Strap. Designed to work with your extra layers and not to catch on warm wool socks. "No day deserves to start with chain grease on your pant leg," said Lindsey.
- Schuttenworks Wooden Docking Station and Speaker. This natural 'sound amplifier' and docking station is made in Portland, OR. Set the mood without the need for batteries or charging packs.
- Brooks B67 Aged Women’s Bike Saddle. Thanks to the softer leather, Brooks said the B67 and B67s saddles are comfy from day one.
- Open Habit All Day Everyday Bag. Quickly switches from shoulder bag to backpack. Packs your essentials in thick, weather resistant canvas.
- Snow Peak Spork Colored. Made for backpacking adventures, the spork can spoon up soup or twirl pasta. "I live by the mantra 'Never leave home without your spork.'" said Lindsey. "Well, I may have a few more, but this is an important one."