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Thursday, July 07, 2005

The Dreaded Golf Tan

I’m trying to look at it like a golfer’s badge of honor. I really am. It’s not working. My sleeves, necklines and skort lengths vary, so while it’s annoying in these areas, it’s not nearly as obnoxious as the prominent line around my ankles. My left hand is pale, but it doesn’t quite look like I’m wearing a glove when I’m not. I have ordered one of those tan-through gloves so I’ll let you know how that goes. My feet, though! It looks like I’m wearing footies when I’m barefoot! B.G. (before golf), I could wear one of my many, many pairs of sandals (I told you I’m obsessive) and not worry about the horror that is the golf tan. Forget sandals, now I can’t even wear a sling-back, mule or even pump without displaying it. And it’s not like I can wear sneakers or golf shoes to work. So what’s a girl to do? Certainly not wear stockings – not that it would help matters unless they’re opaque anyway. It’s summer, for crying out loud. Those self tanning lotions are too orange and streaky especially around contoured areas like the ankle and toes, so I tried that “Natural Glow” lotion to no avail. I can't bring myself to get those ugly golf sandals that look like Birkenstocks on steroids. And who has time to tan them naturally? Those are the hours spent golfing – hence the problem. Fortunately, there are so many golfers out there and I work in a predominantly male industry where their numbers are even greater. For the most part, I’m with a new group of people every week and it can actually help break the ice or even build rapport with my customers, so I know it could be worse. That won’t stop me from wanting a solution, because it sure is distractingly unattractive which takes some of the fun away from wearing those cute shoes and thereby the pleasure of shopping for them! Hey, how about strap-on spikes, like old fashioned roller skates?

This has been a test of the Decidedly Girly Entry Broadcast System.

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9 comments:

Jam Boy said...

Yep. It's pretty bad how white my feet look these days. But that just means we've got our priorities straight. And keep up the good work on the site.

EatGolf said...

Never play a money game against a golfer tanner than you are..

Steve said...

I got a golfing tan from hell I think - I recently started working on it a little bit by wearing anklet socks and taking off my glove after every shot and on the greens so my left hand isn't completely white. But now I have a funky tan because of my wedding ring...atleast my wife will feel comfortable with that :-)

mediaguru @ Hooked On Golf Blog said...

My feet and legs look like a doulbe scoop of vanilla on the bottom and chocolate on the top...

Golfchick said...

Thanks jam boy.

Sage advice, eatgolf... didn't work for you at ol' Ozzie Osborn though :)

Steve, you're just going to end up with a lower tan line like mine but keep trying!

Nice image, media!

You guys are funny!

Saderchick said...

I bought my sister the Tootsie Tanner, and I've used it a bit myself. I'd give it a grade of B. It works okay on the tops of your feet, but doesn't work that well on the line on the back of your ankle -- my mother-in-law asked me if that was dirt!

Keep up the good work, Kristen -- I'm enjoying your VERY fast progress!

Golfchick said...

Thanks Saderchick... I'm adding the tootsie tanner to my wish list!

Smetty said...

One way to combat the atrocities of golfer's tan is to practice your short game and putting...what do I mean? I just read recently on LPGA.com about a rookie who does this in flip-flops as a way of getting rid of the "sock lines".

TartanGolfGripsDotCom said...

Three words - Arbonne Self Tanner...the stuff is magic - NO orange haze, lasts a coupld of weeks, and looks very natural...just make sure you wipe the residual off with one of those KFC handy-wipey thingys (technical term...)