Why a woman should never be without a hanky
The humble handkerchief is often deemed unhygienic and may conjure up images of your grandad and his loud trumpet nose blows. But did you know that throughout the ages a highborn lady was never seen without a hanky. While they fell out of favour in the early 20th century thanks to the invention of disposable tissues, handkerchiefs still have their place in a woman’s purse!
- Helpful to have around when you need to mop the sweat off your forehead on a hot day or after physical activity.
- A hanky could shield your head from the sun on a hot day.
- Handy for when you need to dab your eyes at a wedding or while watching the last episode of Offspring.
- Nifty to have nearby when you can sense an imminent hayfever induced sneezing session.
- They can be used as a form of flirtation. Throughout history dropping a lace hanky in front of a potential suitor was seen as a blatant form of flirting. The modern day man might not comprehend the gesture, but there is no harm in trying.
- They won’t leave a trail of lint in your handbag or be forgotten in the wash unlike their disposable counterparts.
- Useful for when you need to dry your hands at times when there are no paper towels in sight.
- A hanky can be used to clean sunglasses or specs.
- They make a handy napkin.
- There are so many pretty vintage lace ones to choose from.
- They are useful to carry small items.
- Handy for when you need to clean up a spill on your clothing – think peak hour traffic coffee spill!
- Can shield your mouth and face from dust.
- Could be used to cover food at a picnic and protect from bothersome flies.
- Perfect to protect clothing when sitting on dirty benches.