This lovely, young women, who I stopped to photograph on NAU campus last night, represents for me someone who isn't afraid to follow her own fashion rules. My guess is that she probably lives much of her life by her own considered choices and rarely regrets the outcomes, even when sometimes they aren't what she planned, because even mistakes are opportunities to learn. Perhaps, I'm romanticizing her just a wee but her look gives off a self-confidence and groove I completely lacked at that age. I love the combination of dreadlocks; cute, smarty-pants eye glasses; and minimal make-up. Intentional or not, she sends out the message that she's not trying to impress anyone because she too busy setting her life plans in motion.
Had I not been in a hurry to meet up with Bob, I would have loved to ask her about her bike and whether or not it is merely an affordable way for a college student to get around or if she sees it as a long-term transportation option once she finishes her studies and begins her career. I've been chatting back and forth with a number of other women who blog about the intersect between fashion and bike commuting and whether or not women will be the force to make it go mainstream in the U.S. the way it has in many parts of Europe. I am of the belief that women have had and will continue to have an important role in re-establishing bicycles as a legitimate means of transport. Likewise, I think it is and will continue to be those women who are thoughtful and adventuresome in terms of fashion but also carry that mindset over to their personal priorities and lifestyle choices