What helped to further popularise the travelling duster was the changing attitude towards cleanliness. It was at the end of the 19th century that good personal hygiene became linked to moral superiority among the middle and upper classes.
As cars were open, drivers and passengers were left in clear view, and as it was vital to maintain good public appearance at that time, dusters were seen as essential for cleanliness.
In the 1930s and 1940s, sunglasses became a popular driving accessory. The first mass-produced sunglasses appeared in the US in 1929. They were of course manufactured for summertime beach goers, but they proved handy for drivers and passengers as they protect eyes from glare.
The glamorous convertible
Driving fashion changed slightly with the introduction of the convertible. World War II temporarily halted car manufacturing, but by the 1950s everybody wanted a car – and it was the convertible they most sought.
Seen as a luxury because they were more expensive to make, convertibles typified the exciting jet-set lifestyle. But convertibles expose passengers and drivers to the elements so protective clothing enjoyed a very glam revival. Think Grace Kelly and Cary Grant driving in the South of France in To Catch A Thief.
Are you covered?
These days, there’s no need for protective clothing, so we wear whatever is right for the season. If it’s sunny, though, shades are still a must-have.
Of course, being well dressed is one thing, but you’re only fully covered if you have adequate car insurance, so make sure you’re sufficiently protected.
This is a guest post from Sainsburys.