vulpine marino

If you commute by bike, you'll know it's basically the best way to get around. It's quick, free, and you get exercise in along the way, too - leaving you to log those boring 'gym' hours elsewhere.

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It can, however, be a little tricky to decide what to wear. Unless you're particularly eager to fly the flag for cycling at all times, you probably want the technical features of cycling specific kit, but with the causal appearance of everyday clothes.

Thankfully, quite a few brands have figured this out - here are some of the best options for day-to-day commuting...

hoy

HOY Vulpine kit was launched around six months ago - we took a look at the entire range at the time, and were pleased to see that every item available came in women's specific fit.

The Akita is the 'city jersey' - it's a modern day twist on vintage cycling jerseys. Made from soft, fast drying, odour defeating fabric, it's got a long back to make sure you're always covered. All these features mean it's bang on the money on the bike.

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The casual fit, and relaxed style will be at home off the bike - and there are pockets for your phone, wallet and keys - with a side seam pocket for safety.

It's available at Vulpine or at Evans Cycles stores, for £38.50.

club run

This T-Shirt does what it says on the tin - the relaxed style promises comfort, and you won't feel out-of-place picking up your groceries - but it's quick drying and meant for the rigors of riding.

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There are rear pockets to stash your kit, and the cotton material is UV treated, with some reflective details. All that, and it's just £35.99.

maloja

This one is for the warm-bods after a sleevless option for summer rides. Maloja have used 'Ibisco' fabric - it's known for it's elasticity and softness - and is also great at transferring moisture away from the skin.

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Despite the casual look, you still get storage pockets along the back, and a longer back provides coverage when riding.

We found this one for £48.60 at Wiggle.

levis

Levi's probably aren't the first brand to pop into your head when you think 'commuter gear' but they appeared on the market just a couple of months ago.

This button down shirt is made from Thermo Cool fabric, so you're sure to stay comfortable. A handy pocket on the chest means you can pop your essentials close to your heart.

This one is available for £48.90, down from the original £70.

vulpine marino

Available in this lovely "Mulberry" colour, an a plain black, the Henley from Vulpine really scores chillaxed style points with us.

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Merino wool is best known for it's breathability, wicking properties, and the fact that it just doesn't pick up smells - so you can wear merino kit several times before putting it in the wash (or just once - up to you!).

This jersey has been a feature of the range since Vulpine launched, with a few tweaks - such as the handy button pocket on the rear.

It's currently on offer for £59 - snap one up before they go!

club ride

We spotted this commute friendly top and instantly fell in love with the unique styling. Probably not everyone's cup of tea, it might divide opinion - but that usually means someone is going to adore it.

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Designed for cruising around town, and keeping on at the office or in the pub, this shirt is made from lightweight Sheer2Dry cotton, with UV protection, and a zipped rear pocket with a media port.

There are some reflective accents, and two different styles available for £51.99 at Chain Reaction Cycles.

giro t

If understated style is your thing, this casual button-down v-neck could suit your needs. A soft, Merino fabric is used, alongside three rear pockets, so you can store just as much as you could in a standard jersey.

Everyone hates saggy pockets, so Giro have paid special attention to the construction, using their 'Skeletal Pocket' design to ensure they maintain their shape, even when full.

Find it at Evans Cycles, for £69.99.

Rapha City Range Women's

We fell in love with Rapha's new women's range when it came out, but one of our favourite pieces was the simple sleeveless shirt.

The front of the shirt is 100% cotton, but turn it around and you'll notice the back is 100% merino - which means you'll not be arriving at the office with a 'T' shape on your back.

The seams on the shoulders are designed to avoid irritation from bag straps, and the buttons are protected with a covering strip. The finishing touch is a hi-vis undercollar stripe to make sure you're seen on the road.

Admittedly, it is £90 - but every wardrobe DOES need a white shirt.

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