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