Make It Your Own: High Visibility in High Style

04 Dec

I’m not a big fan of high visibility bike clothing. Somewhat for philosophical reasons, but mostly because it’s usually dog ugly. Between frumpy, boxy shapes and no interesting detailing, it’s no wonder the few companies that offer stylish options are priced at a premium. The other option: design and sew your own like Emma did.

Emma Portrait

A trip to her local fabric store yielded high vis yellow fabric, high vis orange tape and reflective trim. Putting it all together in this sweetly feminine and supremely visible vest was purely Emma’s work. I love, love, love it!

How about that mailbox alternative to a pannier! For how-tos on how to build your own, thank Martha Stewart. That where Emma got her inspiration. The upside is that unlike most panniers, this one can be locked.


Posted by on December 4, 2013 in Cycle Fashions


5 responses to “Make It Your Own: High Visibility in High Style

  1. Pam

    December 5, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Looks great! Love your posts. Btw, I just saw lululemon is coming out with a Run Reflect Jacket that is 100 percent reflective. . . it’s not online yet but is apparently in the stores. I’m tempted. I’m always up for high visibility wear! I have quite a bit of reflective tape and bias binding . . I haven’t used much of it yet. . but I plan to in my sewing. . .

    • ladyfleur

      December 6, 2013 at 2:42 pm

      lululemon is definitely offering more fashionable alternatives in workout/active living wear. I’m also glad they’re including bicycle items along with their base of running and yoga wear. I’ll have to check it out.

  2. Richard Masoner

    December 6, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    I agree w/ you regarding philosophy of high viz – nobody wins when we engage in a conspicuity arms race. But like you, I thought this vest was exceptionally well done.

    Is her skirt also made at home?

    • ladyfleur

      December 6, 2013 at 2:39 pm

      Conspicuity arms race. Love it!

      Emma didn’t make the skirt and in fact, another friend (who also happens to be a costume designer) commented that she had bought the same skirt too. But Emma is a skilled costume designer, pattern making and seamstress. She’s a real pro with depth of talent.

  3. Shawn

    December 6, 2013 at 3:12 pm



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