Cars killed sensible clothes

A family group outside St Luke's Church after a Christening. Far left is Ruby Salmon and the gentlemen  is Ernest Salmon.
A family group outside St Luke's Church after a Christening. Far left is Ruby Salmon and the gentlemen is Ernest Salmon.
The Post Office in Commercial Road on the corner of Stanhope Road 1970s. The Guildhall clocktower to the left.

The much-loved Post Office that’s now a block of flats

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Do you remember when everyone wore what might be called sensible clothes?

Today, even in the coldest winter or wettest summer people still walk about as though they are on the beach.

Much of this might be because of the car and the advent, in the 1960s, of the car coat – the short topcoat that came down to the hips to make it easier to drive without taking off the coat.

Of course, those were the days before cars had decent heaters.

In this photograph, which was taken after a christening at St Luke’s Church, Portsmouth, on a winter’s day, we see everyone wearing sensible coats, sensible shoes and sensible hats. Even the little girl wearing the beret has a warm coat on.

Today we see so many children wearing just a short nylon coat in winter and as a result they look shrammed.

Of course, this was the style in those days – the 1940s.

I wonder if the reason so many of us have winter colds these days is because no one wraps up warmly any more because we’re always in cars?