Cycling Fashion Faux Pas # 23. Wearing tights underneath your baggy shorts. I don't know about you, but at the beginning of the cold season, I have a hard time getting back into tights. I wouldn't mind so much if I was riding directly from home or meeting at the trailhead with a bunch of other cyclists, but most of my rides begin at the office. This means I need to change in the restroom, and then walk through the office in what appears to the untrained eye to be black leotards. Luckily I work in a basement, but still I slink through the office and abscond through the basement door to avoid both detection and ridicule.
Today was the first day that was cold enough for tights. I was feeling self conscious about the whole thing, so I thought I'd wear my baggy shorts over the top so I didn't look weird. I basically traded the "night at the Nutcracker Suite" look for the "cookie baking Keebler Elf" look. At least my co-workers wouldn't be able to identify my religion while walking through the office...
It took some planning to get this ensemble to work. The tights aren't padded, so I wore some cycling shorts as the base layer. Next came the tights, followed by the baggy shorts which have a inner liner complete with a chamois. My undercarriage had more layers than a Taco Bell burrito!
The moral of this story? Baggies over tights isn't fooling anyone. The people who think your tights look silly, also think you look silly in your baggies over tights. Just suck it up and wear those tights proudly!