Stay Cool in Summer Shorts

Found photo

What’s being featured here—the woman or the frig? 

It must be hot, because she has on a short sleeved shirt and shorts.  That’s showing a lot of skin for an older woman, at least according to fashion advisors. 

The clothes here are hard to date.  Shorts were a popular summer item since the 1920s.  Her button up sleeveless striped top is also a classic.  The combination could be a 1950s separates set. Thr cat eye glasses were in style in the fifties and sixties, but many older women wore them longer because the shape gives the eyes a little lift.

Maybe the huge refrigerator can help.  Side by side models existed since the forties, but they became very popular in the seventies.  The extremely square shape was also typical for the decade. So I’m guessing early to mid-seventies here.  This one look big enough for her to climb into the freezer side.

My own summer style is more covered up, with loose cotton pants combined with a loose cotton tops, at least elbow length.  Shorts are not part of my wardrobe.  How about you?

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4 Responses to Stay Cool in Summer Shorts

  1. Bell Neice says:

    Shorts and sleeveless shirts are comfortable for hot and humid summers. Despite having what the Brits call “bingo wings”, and varicose veins and broken capillaries on my legs, I still wear shorts and sleeveless shirts most of the time. Probably not to a fancy restaurant, but that is a different topic.
    I had a mother, who, not surprisingly had varicose veins just like mine. It didn’t stop her from wearing shorts in the summer, or dresses. It didn’t stop her from showing her legs. Why wouldn’t I do the same?
    Nora Ephron wrote a book called I Feel Bad about My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman. I’m not planning a book, and I do feel bad about my upper arms, but I’m not going to be uncomfortable just because I’m older.

  2. Nann says:

    In the photo: new fridge, old cabinets. Why was that one cupboard door knob place so high? My knees weren’t great when I was young and they have not improved with age. I am grateful for capri/cropped pants. Funny how having ankles (and forearms/wrists) exposed can keep you cool.

    • Susan says:

      Cooling your wrists is a good idea when you are really hot. I’m not a doctor, but I used to work at an outdoor Shakespeare festival where performances were in the evening, but rehearsals took place in the broiling heat. There was a fridge full of icepacks, and putting one on your wrists, where the blood is near the surface, was a way to cool down quickly. The back of the neck was another recommended spot for keeping the actors from overheating.

  3. Lizzie says:

    I think 1970 is about right. If not for the style of the refrigerator, I’d have put this earlier because of the style of the shorts.

    I wear shorts only at home and walking in my community. Of course, with the current situation, that’s about the limit of my rambling!

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