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Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 11/03/2011

DC Tweed Ride slated for Nov. 13

Tweed Ride 2010 from Brandon Bloch on Vimeo.

Turn your nose up at the infestation of the automobile and fleece jacket? Yearn for the days when men wore tweed, women donned cloches, and the streets were ruled by vintage bicycles before they were vintage?

If so, get ready to connect with your inner dandy on Nov. 13, when the third annual Tweed Ride winds its way through Washington.

Organized by Dandies and Quaintrelles, a D.C.-based social group that plans vintage-inspired events and fundraisers, the Tweed Ride is autumn’s answer to the group’s springtime Seersucker Social.

As with the first Tweed Ride, which was held in 2009 to benefit Arts For the Aging, there is a dress code. Skin-tight lycra is out. Waistcoats, newsboy caps, silk slips and parasols are very in.

But organizers and participants say the event is about more than just clothes.

“I think dandyism could build bridges from different crowds through attire,” Eric Brewer, the man behind the ride, told the Post in 2009.


A dandy in full garb at the first D.C. Tweed Ride in 2009. (Evy Mages - The Washington Post)
“You dress to find your social clique in D.C., from Georgetown preppy to hipster central along 14th Street and H Street,” Brewer said. “And I think dandyism can sort of unify people, where you don't stay within the confines of an accepted appearance.”

D.C. fashion writer Rachel Cothran said that the old-fashioned way of dressing appeals particularly to men in Washington.

“It's a way to be dapper without coming off like you're prissy or flighty,” she said in 2009, “which is important because this city is always about being taken seriously.”

Previous years have drawn hundreds of riders, who gathered at 8th and H streets NE and wound their way around the National Mall and through downtown D.C.

The itinerary for this year’s ride hasn’t been announced yet, but, as in years past, the jaunt will be followed by an after-party that is open to bicyclists and non-riders alike.

Just remember to leave the fleece at home.

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