CYCLES OF FASHION
The St. Pete Tweed Ride
We stood at the finish line, cameras pointed towards the lake, waiting for the bikers to arrive. Suddenly, my friend nudged me, pointing in the opposite direction, and there they were. All at once, a sea of tweeded, mustachioed, and magnificently millinery-clad women and men on bikes began dismounting around us.
The amount of post-Industrial Revolution attire at the St. Pete Tweed Ride (an activity organized by the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club) was almost overwhelming—cuffed pants and tailored plaid and tweed jackets for the men, paired with perfectly groomed facial hair of course; full-length wool skirts mixed with cardigans and vests and Mary Janes for the ladies. Wing-tipped brogues abounded, and there was no shortage of bow ties.