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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

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Glove Love


This season designers have been showcasing gloves as the perfect complement to their 50s and 60s inspired polished ladylike silhouettes.    Not those bulky,
fleece lined things, mind you,  but sleek kidskin leather,
velvet or cashmere ones, that will add instant classic glamour to any outfit.   They look especially smart when worn with cropped, bracelet length sleeves.

Here’s a great example from Anne Klein’s fall/winter collection.


And here are some images I scanned from a 1959 issue of L’Officiel.   Ladies, we are talking some serious chic-ness here,  with the gloves being an integral part of the overall sophistication of the outfits.  Of course,  I can’t even begin to delve into the fabulous hat styles. That’s a subject for another post!





Jean Patou



So if want to rock this ladylike look, then you’ll find plenty of great glove choices online this year.  Present a pair of gloves to a favorite female this holiday season. What used to be a safe, although somewhat boring choice for gift giving, is now considered the ultra chic must have accessory of the year.   Also, authentic gloves from the 50s and 60s can usually be found at vintage clothing boutiques for very reasonable prices.

Here’s a gorgeous pair from Coach  in orange trimmed hot pink leather,  with a cool zippered pocket.  $298.00Coach_gloves

Sleek, black leather zippered gloves from Urban Outfitters   $48.00


Turquoise cashmere beauties from Nordstrom’s.  Also comes in a bunch of other yummy colors.  $42.00

Vintage navy kidskin leather gloves from Blue Velvet Vintage   $22.99


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