The ultimate style challenge

29 July 2011

A helmet is difficult to carry off, but it looks a whole lot better than a bruised head. And being a leopard-print junkie, I saw this treasure, shouted WANT WANT WANT and that was that. Sold. It goes with everything from black to gold sequins, mad colour blocks, more leopard – you name it, it works.

 Leopard-print Sawako Furuno helmet, £75,

In fact, this helmet is so beautiful that even my non-cycling friend, features editor Laura, tried it on with an excited squeal. Naturally, I got possessive. Get your own helmet, Laura. You haven’t even got a bike.

Fellow cyclist Lucinda, Grazia’s managing editor, got inspired. ‘I bought a Barbie-pink helmet last year and I’ve cringed ever since,’ she said. So Pedalling In Heels challenged Lucinda to find some cool crash-protection.


‘I tried for something like the leopard beauty, but the cute and kitsch helmets that work with a nice bike-with-a-basket don’t quite fit my racer style,’ Lucinda said.

‘Next stop: Evans Cycles () to see what suits. Love the brightness of the neon, but do I look like a skater kid? I am really not sure about the shape – I feel like Bob the builder... and my ears are squashed.

‘Luckily for me, Specialized has just opened its new concept store round the corner from the office It’s serious stuff, and lots of helmets for wannabe road racers like me. White will certainly match the bike, and hopeful the ventilation panels will add volume to my blow dry (anything that prevents damp, flat helmet hair!).

Practical and speedy – this helmet has my name all over it. No more standout at the traffic lights, phew! Verges on simple sophistication, as far as helmets go.'

What do you think? Show us your helmets! And if you haven’t done so already, join our big bike ride at Grazia readers get a tasty 25% discount – just type code GRAZIA when you enter. 

- Kate Faithfull-Williams


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