What do you like to wear in summer?
For practical reasons, I prefer either long skirts or trousers, and something that covers my arms.
No, there’s nothing wrong with my arms, or my legs. And I couldn’t care less about ‘modest dressing’ (in fact, I hate the term and everything it implies). As I said, there are practical reasons for covering up. I mean, look at me: I’m pale. Yes, I know, that’s quite an understatement…
How long do you think I last in sunshine before burning to a crisp? Well, not long…
And of course I get a bit of a tan, gradually. Not that you would actually see it. But that’s OK: nobody sees it. Except me, of course. As far as everybody else is concerned, when I’m ‘tanned’, I just look like everybody else does in mid-winter. Or so I’ve been told…
But who needs to worry about sunshine in Finland, you may ask.
Well, as you may (or may not) know, we’re pretty high up north here. And that means we get quite a bit of daylight this time of year (I like to think it’s reimbursement for the cold, dark winters…). At the moment (it’s still only May) sunset is after 10 pm and sunrise a bit after 4 am. It’s nowhere near as many daylight hours as the people living in the north of the country get, but it still means I need some serious sun protection.
And as I hate sun screen (it’s the smell, and it makes me feel all sticky), I try to cover up when I’m outdoors in the sun. And I wear moisturizer with SPF 30 or higher, and I often carry a sun umbrella.
But these photos were taken in the evening, about an hour before sunset, so I thought I’d be safe with a bit more relaxed attitude…
skirt H&M / t-shirt. Garcia Jeans (old) / Gardigan: Esprit (old) /
shoes: Clarks / bag: Chanel / sunglasses: Prada
How do you feel about sun protection?
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mwahaha, I totally agree with you about 'modest dressing', it sounds really strange and impolite for me.I'm considered pale here in Spain, but that's a relative concept. I never sunbath as the famous spanish sun could burn me to the bone. But it would be impractical to wear long sleeves in our (hot) summer, so I use sunscreen (spf 50) all day long, and wear a hat!. Avoiding the sun is just another nuisance of summer.besos
Oh, what is considered 'pale' is certainly a relative concept, totally depends on what we compare it with. In my case, I think a vampire would last longer in the sun…Isn't it weird: in winter we complain about the cold, the snow, the wind (well, at least I do)… and in summer it's always too hot, or too sunny… I wonder if there is such a thing as 'perfect weather'?
very pretty look! I don't care about modest dressing as such, I just find covering up practical. You look stunning!
Thanks, Ivana. I don't understand the whole concept of modesty, I find it ridiculous. But practical… we all need more of that.
Well you look fabulous, love the tee shirt. I'm very pale atm, well always really – I get a very slight tan, which is totally annoying because hubby gets a stunning tan just being in the sun for a couple of hours!!! Jacqui Mummabstylish
Thanks, Jacqui. Oh well, tanning is overrated. And dangerous (skin cancer alert!). So, let's be pale and proud…
How wonderful to get so much sunlight though this time of year! You look fabulous on it – must be all that Vit D xx
Thanks.Well, the abundance of sunlight in summer has a price: the long, dark winter…
I think you definately deserve the longer daylight hours after your long Winter. I am like you and prefer pants or skirts for the Summer, usually with a long sleeve white shirt and a wide brim hat. I do like your outfit, especially your skirt. Enjoy that sunshine .
I couldn't agree more, about the longer daylight hours. Thanks, Jill.
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I burn easily too, and I'm totally forgetful when it comes to sunscreen. So I use a once a day sunscreen called P20, which does what it says on the tin! I actually end up with a bit of a tan, apart from my legs they're always white under the fake tan! My Danish friends say it's the Anglo Saxon genes! We don't get quite the number of daylight hours here, but it doesn't get properly dark from the end of April until the end of August (something to do with the sun getting no more than 18° below the horizon).
That sounds good, thanks for the tip!
I burn easily too, and when I am out on the deck, working on the blog, warching the hours go by, it is easy to forget about the sun! I am more consciesious though, and I know what you mean! Love the magenta cardi and your skirt is lovely! I do think it is reimbursement for those cold wintery days!thanks for linking!jess xxwww.elegantlydressedandstylish.com
Thanks, Jessica.It's so easy to forget sun protection, and then suddenly it's too late…
Nice and elegant. Good work. I cover up because I cannot stand the sight of my wrinkly arms. I know I shouldn’t be bothered by it, but I (me) don’t like it and that is what matters.Greetje
Thanks, Greetje. I understand. We all have body part we'd rather not expose. It's only natural to want to look our best. Besides, showing too much skin never looks very good, on anyone.
I'm a cover up in sunscreen person as I love feeling the sun on my skin. I also like loose long flowing styles too and tend to use those abroad where I do often cover up.
Loose, flowing styles… that sounds lovely.
Sorry I'm a month behind, but I totally understand you! I used to cover up too, at least my legs. But I'm done with that. I've heard all the jokes about blinding traffic, being made of plaster and so on. With lots of sunscreen (yes, the sticky one, but I have such dry skin that it's only sticky for a few minutes) I'm off in cropped trousers, dresses or skirts. Since I have massive skin problems I can't shave under my arms, so I always wear at least a short sleeve. But since it's my decision it's okay. If anyone asked me to dress modestly I would get seriously annoyed. Women have fought for the right to dress as they please for decades. What we've accomplished so far should not be given up again! And when I get my wrinkles I'll show them off too, because I've earned every one of them 🙂 Finally – those sunglasses are fantastic!
Thanks, Tine. Yes, we've earned the right the dress as we please, for sure, whatever age, size or shape we are. And we should walk proud and celebrate every single wrinkle, too.