Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Twee Troubles // Pale and Interesting



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The sun is out out, the sky is blue, there's not a cloud to spoil the view... Yes the UK has been rejoicing and reveling in the glorious sunshine this week, yet it is not so joyous for some of us inflicted with the hereditary condition known as 'Pale Skin'

Throughout the rest of the year and all other seasons our alabaster skin is sheathed beneath opaque tights, and coordinating cardigans, long sleeved dresses and other such reflective skin barriers - our wardrobes are so well equiped for the dullness that represents at least 80% of British Weather that we've been struggling to cope in the sunshine...

The length of the majority of our dresses is just about appropriate with tights, however by not wearing tights and avoiding sweltering we are approaching levels of indecent exposure, having barely 2 or 3 suitable dresses between us we've spent much of this week quizzing each other on every outfit - "Can I get away with this dress for work?!" - not only at risk of flashing 'les derrieres' - there is also the issue of having skin so glaringly white that those passing us without sunglasses are at risk of being blinded...

Not only do we struggle with clothing but one must also be covered head to toe in factor 50 lest we develop a 'Celtic Tan', in the most painful shades of lobster red. We could of course fake that sun kissed look, but we're not sure we can handle smelling faintly of cat pee...

So, we keep hearing that 'Pale is Interesting' - is it because one's skin is so transparent when this pale that we can see our veins? "Ooh I can see your de-oxygenated blood pulsating through your body, fascinating..." 

We are attempting to steer clear of orange tinted sheets and a synthetic glow, however shielding ones eyes every time the sunlight catches a pasty limb is proving a little tiresome... Sigh, is pale interesting enough to sustain us through this summer? 

Is anyone else as translucent as us? How do you handle summer dressing dilemmas? Think we'd best go shopping for some longer dresses...

Much love,
R&L xx

5 comments:

Vintage Folly said...

Maxi dresses....the smart girls weapon against reflective legs :-D

Carla Renton said...

Yeah, I feel you re: the skin so translucent your skin looks like a roadmap. This is why I wear fake tan all year round! Just a bit, to take the edge off and stop people from asking if i'm alright. I like how mine smells! Dunno where you're getting your cat piss one from... Hmph! You're both gorgeous ladies, and you're only young once... Time to get those pins out! xx

JENNIFER BROWN said...

I'm also very fair and wear factor 30/35, however, I fake tan in winter and summer. If you keep your skin healthy with moisturiser and regular exfoliating and apply tan correctly you can't really go wrong.

I dislike my pale skin but wouldn't criticise someone for not wearing fake tan just because I choose to! As for smelling of cat pee, no! Smells of digestives when applied, but I sleep in mine and shower excess off in the morning. I smell of nothing but my favourite fragrance!

You never know...a light glow may give you a temporary solution.

lo said...

i have pale skin as well...being 100% irish and all :) i really dont mind! though ive heard the jergens lotions are good, im from the states though, not sure you have that brand!

Maria said...

I wear Factor 50 and embrace the pale, as long as my skintone stays fairly even I'm a happy bunny!

Maria xxx

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