Unlike motorcycle helmets, bicycle helmets have historically had zero cool factor on city streets.
But that may be changing, with designers evolving out from traditional vented racing-style helmets to styles more associated with skateboarders.
“I like to call it ‘chic cycling,’ where a man or woman dons an edgy helmet to express their personal style,” said Jessica Kaplan, an editor for activewear at Stylesight, a trend-forecasting company. Along with metallic finishes and innovative shapes like those resembling hats or equestrian helmets, she said, “I’m seeing directional prints like polka dots, leopard and tartan that are essentially mimicking runway and streetwear trends.”
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