Although dresses aren't the most ideal piece of clothing for cycling in, it's sometimes nice to ditch the shorts, leggings and jeans for something a little more appropriate for the sun.

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We've chosen dresses made for active women, with most of them all having been built with nifty moisture-wicking qualities to keep you cool and dry throughout your gruelling city commute.

You can wear these dresses on the bike, in the office, to your interview, at the bar and everywhere in between. These perfect dresses for commuting by bike are so comfortable to ride in, you will probably ditch the rest of your cycling wardrobe, forever!

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This little number from Jack Wolfskin is a great dress to cycle to work in. Its stretchy fabric ensures your body can move freely on the bike and it's lightweight enough to make sure you're not feeling too stuffy in the summer sun.

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And even if things do get a little too heated on your commute, with your arms out and the active moisture management built within the dress, the sweat will be wicked away before you even notice.

It's even been built with a handy UV 30+ protection!

Price: £60.00, available from Jack Wolfskin.


We love the relaxed fit of this dress, which won't cling to your body whilst riding, giving you no restriction of movement. Even though this one may look like it isn't well ventilated, it's been designed with Coolant™ technology which promises to keep your body cool, fresh and dry at all times.

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With an impressive built in UV 40+ protection, this is also a great dress to take on a cycling holiday with you.

And you know you can never go wrong with stripes.

Price: £57.00, available from Rohan.


If you're looking for a dress that you can comfortably ride in, which is also appropriate to wear in a smart office environment, then this is your best option. Made by Terry Bicycles, this is quite literally the little black dress in the world of cycling.

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It's highly breathable, having been made from a blend of soft natural Tencel and linen fabric and has a loose fitting style to allow your body to move and breathe easily.

The sophisticated open front design of the dress also gives your chest a chance to catch some breeze if you start to get a little hot!

Price: £64.00 (RRP £105.00), available from Terry Bicycles.


Ligne8 are the place to go if you're looking for elegant, practical pieces of female cycling clothing. The majority of everything they make is water resistant and incredibly stretchy, giving you great mobility on the bike.

And what's even better is that their garments don't look like technical pieces of clothing at all.

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We love their Saskia Dress. The sleeveless design means your pits will be cool and breezy for the entire ride. And the relaxed fitting of the dress, as well as its four way stretch fabric, gives you the ability to move freely whilst pedalling away.

Price: £118.00, available from Ligne8.


This dress has all the qualities you would need in a practical piece of cycling clothing. Its effective moisture control will help to keep the sweat at bay in the sun and it's magical quick drying qualities will come in handy if (and when) the rain starts to hit.

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It's incredibly lightweight, perfect for your commuter bag, and even features built in UV protection.

Price: £55.00, available from Craghoppers.


This summer number is a great option for cyclists looking for something they can work and play in. Its M-Select fabric will wick the sweat away before you even know it's there, hooray!

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The stretchy fabric is lightweight and doesn't cling to your skin, giving you a comfortable ride. And if you're not a fan of this funky, striking summer design, there's three more styles to chose from.

Price: £32.00, (RRP £44.00) available from Merrell.


This eye-catching, sporty styled dress could be all you need this summer, both on and off the bike. Made from a super light weight 150g jersey merino fabric, you won't be feeling clammy and its natural odor resistance qualities will keep you smelling as fresh as a daisy.

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The stretchy fabric and flattering cut of the dress allows you to stay active all day without it clinging or rubbing in places whilst riding. It's the comfort of this dress which makes it so perfect for cycling in.

Price: £110.00, available from IceBreaker.


Now this list wouldn't be complete without a pretty floral number for summer riding. Made from a lightweight, soft jersey fabric, it won't cling to your body and will give you all the movement you need on the bike.

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Although it hasn't got any magical moisture-wicking qualities built in like the rest of them to cool you down, it still ticks a lot of boxes!

Price: £49.99, available from Surfdome.