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.
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.”
Wear Right Gloves 1940
1941 Ad for Dawnelle gloves. Style is called “Swagger”. Great name!
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 L'Officiel 1959
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.
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!
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. $298.00