Why a woman should never be without a hanky

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!

  1. Helpful to have around when you need to mop the sweat off your forehead on a hot day or after physical activity.
  2. A hanky could shield your head from the sun on a hot day.
  3. Handy for when you need to dab your eyes at a wedding or while watching the last episode of Offspring.
  4. Nifty to have nearby when you can sense an imminent hayfever induced sneezing session.
  5. 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.
  6. They won’t leave a trail of lint in your handbag or be forgotten in the wash unlike their disposable counterparts.
  7. Useful for when you need to dry your hands at times when there are no paper towels in sight.
  8. A hanky can be used to clean sunglasses or specs.
  9. They make a handy napkin.
  10. There are so many pretty vintage lace ones to choose from.
  11. They are useful to carry small items.
  12. Handy for when you need to clean up a spill on your clothing – think peak hour traffic coffee spill!
  13. Can shield your mouth and face from dust.
  14. Could be used to cover food at a picnic and protect from bothersome flies.
  15. Perfect to protect clothing when sitting on dirty benches.