Here at Total Women's Cycling we're not usually trend followers when it comes to fashion, but it's been hard to ignore the recent influx of polka dot designs in the world of cycling apparel.
Whether it's a result of the Duchess of Cambridge wearing that now infamous pale blue polka dot number from Jenny Packham for the first appearance with her newborn, George. Or just that bike clothing manufacturers have realised that this retro print never goes out of fashion, we have to admit - we're enjoying this dotty resurgence.
Open any fashion magazine and you will see pages filled with spotty clothing and hundreds of column inches proclaiming that polka dots look good on anyone whatever their age, shape or style. Apparently it's a classic retro look that is "ALWAYS on trend..." don't you know!
Sartorial banter aside, if you love a dot or two we've collected the best designs in the cycling world so you can sport some bicycle polka on your next ride. Don't panic though, we won't make you resemble the 'King of the Mountains' with the maillot à pois rouges!
Helmet manufacturers Giro are enjoying a revival in recent years after revamping their helmet range and launching shoes. We've featured their Amare road and Xara MTB polka dot helmets before and they've always gone down well with readers.
Expanding their dotty range with gloves and socks, Giro are also set to launch an all new casual cycle wear range for women in early 2014 with performance fabrics and lifestyle looks.
Brighton-based brand Morvelo is the brainchild of Oli Pepper and Dave Marcar, riders with 25 years racing experience. Morvelo seeks to “explore themes that run through the cycling world and combine them with the wider influence of art, music, fashion and film".
We love the subtle polka dot design skimming the thighs of their women's bib shorts - a nice change to the plain black bibs out there.
Proof of its popularity, the Morvelo Daze women's cycling jersey is currently sold out. Unsurprisingly with it's beautiful design, performance fabric and a price tag of £59.99.
Morvelo launched in 2009, with just £500 in their pockets Dave and Oli have grown it into a successful brand. They also conceive and organise cycling events like the Brighton Big Dog and Spin Up In A Brewery.
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To keep the chill out, why not style your outfit with this silk scarf from the new range by POC Sports. Part of their AVIP (Attention Visibility Interaction Protection) collection available from March 2014, this scarf breaks up their blue, white and orange block colour designs.
For more images of POC Sports women's road range, visit our gallery from Day 2 at Interbike 2013.
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From clothes to accessories, these polka dot locks and bells from Liix will add some welcome colour to your bike. Combining with lock manufacturers Abus, Liix designed the cloth covering, also available in black with white polka dots and various other designs!
Bling up your bike with these trendy prints in the knowledge that Liix have collaborated with reputable companies so you won't suffer from style over substance.
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Don't forget your head! These bright, striking designs from Nutcase will keep you safe and seen on the roads.
Nutcase say they help people who love to bike, skate, snowboard, ski, windsurf, basically any person who likes to be active and wants to show off their personality with their vibrant and lively helmet.
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Check out the Children in Need collection from Frog Bikes on their website, prices start from £100 - £280.