A Cycling Jersey For Every Woman
There is, we'll admit, still a chill in the air, but the season of short sleeved jerseys (and arm warmers) is not too far away, and we always find new kit helps inspire that all important motivation to ride.
Perfection in cycling jersey form will look very different depending upon the rider's needs. Some of us like relaxed and comfortable, others will prioritise breathability, whilst the speedsters out there will favour super slippery aero designs.
Most of us, however, will want a quality, wicking material, that pulls away sweat, plus pockets for storing phones, snacks, and inner tubes.
Thankfully, there is something out there for everybody – so we pulled together 10 of the best jerseys we could find, with a little something for everybody…
Outfoxed Dare You Cycling Jersey
This jersey will catch the eye of anyone who likes block colours and bold patterns. We know the bold pink won't be up everyone's street, but it definitely makes a statement.
Made from a soft, technical material, with a perforated texture for breathability, this Dare You jersey is a comfortable fit - it's not race tight, but will sit close enough to the skin to avoid flapping.
There's plenty of pocket space, a full zip and silicone hem grips to ensure everything stays in place.
Available From: Velovixen
HOY Vulpine Women's Akita City Jersey
This is a causal jersey that is designed to be perfect for rides when you want a breathable, comfortable option that looks good off the bike, too.
The super soft material is fast drying and made from an anti-bacterial, odour fighting fabric so you can ride, and then sip a coffee or meet friends at the pub without a worry.
When riding, the Akita has got you covered thanks to a long cut at the back, and flatlock stitching with internal seams will keep chafing at bay, whilst a hidden side seam pocket keeps valuables safe.
Available From: HOY Vulpine
Primal Women's Bold Jersey
Anyone who loves a good set of stripes will probably find this 'Bold' jersey from Primal appeals.
Designed to provide a comfortable, not overly tight fit, this jersey utilizes what Primal call Sport Cut - which follows the natural lines of your body without hugging them.
Though this isn't a race ready jersey, it does use lightweight SpeedPro fabric. This double knit performance polyester promises to pull sweat away from the skin, causing it to evaporate, and thus keeping body temperature cool and skin dry.
Cost: £50 (now £44.99)
Available from: Wiggle
Sportful Allure Women's Short Sleeve Jersey
This is a racier jersey constructed using a multi-denier, microfibre polyester fabric on the body, with a stretchier material on the shoulders to create a close fit.
A full length zipper is made to look almost invisible, and silicone grippers keep the hem in place whilst 3 rear pockets should ensure you can carry all you need.
Available in a range of colours, most are £49.99, but Evans Cycles have a white and plum version for just £19.99 if you're Small or Large.
Price: £49.99 for most
Available from: Evans Cycles
Scott Sky Short Sleeve Women's Jersey
If traditional cycling jerseys just aren't up your street, this one could well be your new best friend.
This jersey uses Coolmax fabric with a fiber-based moisture management system to keep you cool and sweat free, and abrasion resistant fabric will suit trail riders who need their clothing to work hard, too. All this, but without the traditional jersey styling that not everyone loves.
A zip pocket will keep valuables safe, and the added bonus is that this one is reduced from £59.99 to £17.99 at Evans Cycles.
Available From: Evans Cycles
Castelli Women's Climbers Short Sleeve Jersey
Regardless if you enjoy climbing, or if you just feel like you need all the help you can get, this lightweight jersey has been purpose designed to suit rides over the hills.
The small size jersey weights 95g, but it's not just about weight (though it helps!) - this jersey is designed to absorb as little moisture as possible so it's great in hot conditions, even if the roads aren't pointing skywards.
The material does have a mesh style to it, so an internal bustier ensures you're covered up, and also means you can unzip the 3/4 length zip without showing off (usually weird looking) bib short straps.
Available from: Wiggle
Rapha Women's Brevet Jersey and Gilet
This is a jersey with a story - it was designed with guidance from a trio of Rapha riders, who entered the 1,200km event Paris-Brest-Paris Randonnée. The riders completed 'brevet' training rides of 200 to 600km, hence then name.
These long distance riders needed kit that was comfortable from morning to night.
The Brevet has reflective stripes, for those early starts and late finishes, it's lightweight and breathable, and has three large pockets, plus a zipped valuables pocket, and a mesh-lined storage space for the complimentary gilet.
The striped gilet, which comes with the jersey, has a windproof front, breathable mesh side panels, offset zip (apparently for comfortable layering, we just think it looks cool), and reflective details.
The gilet is complementary, but for the price, we reckon you'll need to see this as two purchases in one...
Available from: Rapha
Fat Lad At The Back Lasses Bobby Dazzler Reflective Short Sleeved Jersey
When Fat Lad At The Back introduced their controversially named clothing range they were bowled over by requests from women for female specific versions.
FLAB provided, with Fat Lass At The Back. It's not everyone's cup of tea, but the range has got off to a flying start, providing well fitting kit for women after quality plus sized cycling kit.
This 'Bobby Dazzler' jersey has a colourful design, plus Patented Pixel 300 reflective fabric sleeve which will really shine in the dark. Three pockets and excellent wicking properties combine with the curve friendly cut to create a stunner of a jersey.
Available from: Fat Lad At The Back
Rosie the Riveter Women's Short Sleeve Cycle Jersey
With International Women's Day just around the corner, we couldn't omit this Rosie the Riveter design.
The cultural icon created by J. Howard Miller represents women who worked in factories during World War II and is a sign of women's strength and solidarity.
This cultural iconic image was created by J. Howard Miller and entitled 'We Can Do It', representing 6 million American women who worked in factories during World War II.
As well as being kick-assly awesome, this jersey uses a lightweight polyester fabric, with wicking properties to keep you feeling equally cool.
A full length zipper and three rear pockets complete the package.
Available from: Summit Different
Morvelo Velocissme Women's Short Sleeve Jersey
If cool, vintage styling is your thing, you might like this offering from Morvelo.
The micro-fibre polyester used us antibacterial, to reduce wiffs, and a full length zip and three pockets offer convenience and comfort alongside a heat sealed label to cut out chafing.
A panelled construction is used, which offers a superior fit as fabric hugs in the the right places, and sticking true to their guns, Morvelo promise the jersey has been handmade in Europe, using European Fabrics.
Available From: Morvelo
Spring is on the way, but for now you might want to team these jerseys with a gilet - check out 8 of the best here.