Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Icing on the cake

Gloves appear to have been worn as early as 440 BC but it wasn't until the 13th century that women started to wear gloves as an accessory. Women in the 1930s made wearing gloves more of a fashion statement rather than in item to protect or keep your hands warm. By the 1940s and 1950s gloves were an outfit staple for women and were worn almost everywhere. From social gatherings, to fancy restaurants, parties and even just going out to run errands or get grocery's. Gloves complete any look from a ball gown made of silk, a cotton day dress to a sexy corset (to the left Betty page in leather gloves, a gorgeous corset garters and stockings).

A common favorite was and will always be wrist length gloves, perfect for every day wear and these were the most commonly worn gloves and can be found in any color and texture. Perfect to wear on a hot day or a cold night, the shorter glove is a must have for any gal trying to recreate the classic looks from the 1940s and 1950s. (to the right is a picture from the late 1940s, 3 lovely young lady's wearing gloves) Clean gloves were also the hallmark of a lady and white or cream were the most favoured gloves. Elbow length gloves as well as longer gloves are perfect for cold weather, going to the opera and also look great with an evening gown or a silk prom dress. It was very common for long styles to have buttons down the side, making it much easier and elegant to take off the glove.

Gloves are a great way to make a subtle statement and complete that 1950s look. Plus they are easy to take off and put on to dress up or dress down and they look darling hanging out of your vintage purse when not worn. With so many styles to chose from; like buttons, bows, embroidery, cutouts and ruffles the options are endless and the list just goes on and on. My favorite look for summer are sheer gloves and gloves with cut outs, because they let in a breeze keeping your hands cool. My latest obsession is sheer gloves, I just bought 2 pairs: a new pair of sheer black elbow length gloves that look positively retro but are newly made and a pair of vintage dark blue wrist length gloves that are just stunning.

Gloves were worn everywhere in the 1950s and completed most any look or outfit, why not let them complete your classic look. Like icing on a cake, gloves just make any outfit a little bit more scrumptious.


  1. Just came by to visit your blog since you left a comment on ours. I love your articles and the vintage history that you share. Keep up the good work.

    Diana, Lucky's Vintage
    Blog: http://vintagelovevintage.blogspot.com/

  2. Thank you so much! I am just starting this blog out so your kinds words mean so much.

  3. A lovely post on an accessory often overlooked in favor of vintage dresses and shoes. Isn't it funny that glove lengths changed when it came to fashions just like hemlengths and hat brims!

  4. There were some very stylish gloves around as far back as the Roccoco and Victorian periods if you were in the upper class (if you were nobility all the way back into the middle ages!). :)

    I'm really enjoying reading through your blog. Thanks for the neat celebrity bios and all the beautiful pictures!


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