From the recent showing of The Crown, I know that some older women (Queen Elizabeth, for example) hiked wearing skirts well into the 1980s. However, Elizabeth’s outdoor outfits looked considerably more rough and ready than the sheath dress worn by the woman in the forefront. The trail couldn’t have been all that difficult since her younger companion has on Keds, not great support on uneven terrain. Even so, the older woman looks unusually well dressed for an outdoor adventure.
I’m struggling to make up a story to go with this undated photo. The father and daughter have on casual clothes, suitable for a walk that was not too difficult. The mother, however, looks like she is dressed up for shopping with friends. Did the other two pick her up from some outing, reminding her that she had a pair of sturdy shoes in the car? Or was this her protest against clothing becoming more casual? Did she insist that hiking was only an option in a good dress with pearls?
I welcome your stories—and your ideas about a more precise date.