|This pair of genuine lace gloves is over 60 years old and was a gift from a wonderful lady named Inger. They are a little fragile and need a bit of patience to put on, but look so fancy I think they are worth the trouble.|
Waaaaaay back in yesteryear, it was not the least bit cool to have tanned skin. The whiter a ladys skin was, the more compliments she received (and the more envious her friends would be). In those days, proper ladies would don their long summer frocks and their finest pair of summer gloves before leaving the house. They would complete the look with fitting head gear – not just to be fashionable, but also to protect their skin from the sun.
|White leather gloves and paper-straw|
hat with flower broche.
Combining fashion with practicality makes perfect sense to me. I don't tan – at all – so for most of my life, I've been one of those people that 'don't do sun'. When the TV series Beverly Hills 90210 came right out and promoted untanned skin, I rejoiced. At long last my paleness was downright trendy! But that's already a million years ago, and now I'm not quite sure what's trendy, except maybe taking care of ones skin. So, why not do it fashionably?
|60+ year old lace gloves and crocheted|
I have therefore embarked on a quest for summer gloves (and fanciful sunscreening hats) to complete my skin-saving summer wardrobe. I am even attempting to crochet a pair – thanks to help from a patient family member (who is teaching me how) and this extremely talented lady (who provided me with a pattern). And – regardless of anyone phoning the fashion police – I plan to wear my skin saving accessories with jeans, dresses, t-shirts and everything else I may put on this summer. (sunblock included)