The Glamour of Gloves

Yes, I am here to sing the praises of the humble  glove.    Sure you can throw on any old gloves just to keep your hands warm.  But why do that when there are so many stylish choices these days.   Gloves  are also the perfect way to add a touch of retro glamour to cocktail dresses and evening gowns, especially if you wear a bracelet over them like the sophisticated lady in the 1947 Vogue Magazine ad below.

Gloves 1947 Vogue Magazine Ad

Bracelet worn over gloves-1947 Vogue Magazine

You don’t see ads for fashion gloves anymore.  But back in the 40s, 50s and even early 60s  fashion magazines always had advertisements for gloves, or featured models wearing gloves, since they were such an important part of a woman’s wardrobe.  A lady wasn’t properly dressed if she left the house without her gloves on!

From 1940 an ad for Wear Right Gloves,  “to costume the hands of a lovely lady.”


Gloves 1940

Wear Right Gloves 1940


1941 Ad for Dawnelle gloves. Style is called  “Swagger”. Great name!

Dawnelle Gloves 1941

Dawnelle Gloves 1941

From a 1959 L’Officiel Magazine, the bible of chic designer fashions from Paris.  Here are two models rocking their gloves.  Notice how the gloves  add instant polish and that extra touch of sophistication to the cocktail dress?

Gloves 1959

Gloves L'Officiel 1959

gloves 1959 lofficiel

Cocktail dress with gloves 1959

And if you’re looking for a stylish pair of gloves for yourself or as a gift, Blue Velvet Vintage carries a lovely selection of  gloves to dress up your evening wear or keep you warm in ladylike vintage style.  Luxurious gloves in kidskin  with silk and cashmere linings ,  buttery soft suede and dress gloves in lace and satin.  A sampling is below.   Shop our accessories department to see our full selection of gloves, along with  belts and scarves that will add the perfect finishing touch to your retro fashions.

Gloves at Blue Velvet Vintage

Gloves at Blue Velvet Vintage

By | 2014-02-17T09:06:50-04:00 December 15th, 2011|Fashion|1 Comment

About the Author:

Hi, I'm Theresa, owner and chief classy dame at the Blue Velvet Vintage online boutique. Lover of mid century fashion and home decor, classic films, Old Hollywood, pretty dresses, red lipstick, swing dancing and retro culture in general. Between my ecommere site and vintage style blog my mission is to revive the eras of classy dressing and inspire women to add more glamour to their lives! So don't be shy! I love to hear from others who share my appreciation of the styles of the past.

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    Isis December 16, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    I love gloves! I try to wear them more because I feel that they really put a little extra in an outfit.

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