Last week, I was invited by my client to go out for dinner after work, so I decided to wear something a little more festive–i.e. not another boring suit.
Even with my arm raised to take the photo, you can see that the hem of the dress conservatively lands just an inch above my knees. If any of you remember the television show from the 90s, Ally McBeal, you might recall that the main character frequently wore miniskirts in the office. Although I was not going for the Ally McBeal look either on or off the bike, I soon found out that this particular cut did not have the same conservative look once I hopped on Clarice.
The hemline shot several inches farther up my legs, and I found myself over-crossing my knees as I rode to maintain some semblance of decency–completely ruining any cycling form. I also actively avoided the left-side-of-the-street sidewalks to reduce visibility to oncoming traffic (yes, I still sometimes ride on the sidewalk).
Whenever I ride in short skirts, I make it a point to wear tights underneath, but now I should probably consider doing this for all skirts and dresses with an above-knee hemline. You never know how high it might travel once you actually start riding!