I'm a recent convert to cycling and I love it, but I'm feeling super-frumpy on my bicycle. I wear a waterproof soccer-mom jacket and I feel like a dork walking into the office like this – I change immediately in the ladies, but nonetheless. I've tried to find places to buy chic and functional gear, but to no avail. Help! Jules via email
As a fellow cyclist of many years, I can attest that there's nothing worse than getting caught unprepared in a downpour. Thankfully, it's no longer all about fluorescent cover-ups and unflattering Lycra. Cycle wear has been given a much-needed style injection and there's now an array of chic yet functional clothing on the market.
Take a very stylish waxed cape, for instance. This one in forest green, by UK-based company Bobbin Bicycles, has been described as the Barbour of cycling coats (1 £119.99, cyclechic.co.uk; international delivery within seven days).
Made with waterproof wax cotton, the cape style offers full protection from the rain and has an adjustable hood and waist straps to give definition. For the ultimate in cycle chic, wear with a pair of skinny jeans and a Chelsea biker boot.
In terms of more functional sports- performance wear, the Under Armour tech tee with V-neck wicks away sweat, regulates body temperature and comes with unique anti-odour technology, so you'll feel fresh on your commute (2 €23, Life Style Sports).
Finally, the Bontager wind shell (3 €79.99) is a smart two-in-one piece. As a jacket, it offers protection from blustery weather; remove the zipped sleeves and it converts to a vest for warmer months.