Remember Ladies who Lunch? Well in Yunnan in Western China, ladies lounge. Consider these three lovely lounging ladies:
It seems as if they don’t have a lot of things to do, so they just sit idle while their eyes and minds wander.
In passing by them, I caught their collective gaze and they were fixed on me for that brief moment in time…
Two lounging ladies quickly became completely disinterested in me, but I think I caught the attention of one lady, as she half-smiled and half-laughed at my outfit that day (I believe I was wearing a scarf with a local print wrapped around my head like a turban).
But hats and scarves and other things that can be used as general headgear were as necessary for me that day as they are for them… If you don’t wear a hat in Yunnan, you’ll probably get burnt because it’s about 2500-3000 meters above sea level; additionally, it doesn’t have a layer of pollution to block out the sun and protect your skin like Shanghai does, so I donned the scarf more for the survival of my skin than anything else.
These ladies certainly know how to wear a hat though, and I think most minorities in China pull it off pretty well… The head has long been a site for exhibition in Chinese fashion in the past, and I was glad to see the people keeping it up in such a fun and functional way.
Hats also bring to mind the idea of Conspicuous Leisure. I guess these ladies had their lives together pretty well, because they could afford to just sit around and look great all day.
And there were all kinds of hats in Yunnan… Check these ones out!:
These ladies seemed like a lot of fun, so warm and loving…
I was even acknowledged via a hat tip! Or maybe she was just tipping her hat…
I also really liked these pure, white hats:
These ladies knew how to lounge AND lunch:
Everything just seems to work together… Her personality, her outfit, her shoes, and of course her hat. Definitely worthy of the Top 10 of 2010 List!
Check back soon for some Oldies but Goodies, and the FINALE to round out the Top 10 of 2010 List (I know I’m running a bit late by Western standards, but Chinese New Year isn’t here until February 3rd!)