When it’s hot out I tend to cover up in loose clothing, choosing baggy pants and long sleeved cotton shirts. The older woman above takes the opposite approach. She opens up her body to the breeze with a sleeveless top, shorts, and a pair of rakish sunglasses. Even her sandals are minimal. Why the hat, though? It doesn’t look like it offers any coverage from the sun.
The photo is part of a series of portraits of old people made by Jack Bradley, staff photographer for the Peoria Journal Star from the 1950s through the 1970s. It has no date, but others in the series were made in the mid-1970s. Many of the subjects look lonely and down on their luck. Not this woman, though. She certainly gives the impression that she could take care of herself. Her face shows her age, but her arms and legs look muscular and fit. And she certainly has a confident sense of style.
What’s your favorite look for the dog days of summer?