So seductive, so mysterious, so elegant.
They truly are one of the elements of glamour dressing.
And I can not think of a good reason why we don't wear them more often.
But with an increasing level of romance creeping back into attire,
perhaps as a reaction to the economy,
perhaps because we are just tired of austere clothing,
there do seem to be more glove options about the place.
So I am pretty happy about that.
Because my glove collection is almost as embarrasing as my handbag one.
They are both on the, um, generous side.
Sophisticated, suggestive, yet demure. All in one.
These fabulous gloves are from BHLDN,
and while they are intended as wedding attire,
I am thinking more along the lines of wearing them to the theatre,
an elegant dinner party,
or a little romantic supper for two.
Worn with a long black gown, perhaps.
(I'm not even going to confess
how many long black evening gowns I possess,
but they all get worn, so they are not unloved.)
Short gloves work well for day wear, summer or winter.
Grace Kelly famously wore white gloves,
at a time when most women wore coloured ones.
And with such lovely colours to choose from,
one truly could one match one's gloves to one's handbag.
(Which is why I have so many, you see. My excuse, anyway.)
More glove perfection from BHLDN.
These people are onto something.
These spotted gloves would be quite perfect for afternoon wear,
especially if I had a dalmation to take for a walk.
Perhaps forget the dalmation idea.
The gloves are pretty spectacular on their own,
and would be very handy for emphasising a point while
waving one's hands about.
In a ladylike fashion. Of course.
Audrey Hepburn's famous pose is following the etiquette rule for gloves:
that a long glove can only be worn with a short sleeve.
The shorter the sleeve, the longer the glove.
There are 3 options: matinée (or to the wrist), to be worn with long sleeves.
Elbow gloves, to be worn with a short sleeved outfit.
And opera, or full length, to be only worn with a sleeveless gown.
But of course we can muddle this up at will,
which is one of the nice things about current dress codes.
Gloves have long been associated with seduction,
which is curious because they are also associated with demure elegance.
In fact, in late Victorian & Edwardian times,
a lady would even eat with gloves on.
Some gloves were made with a buttoned flap,
covering the hand, which could be folded back during a meal,
then neatly returned over the hand when finished.
Opera gloves were the height of fashion in the Edwardian era,
waning in popularity somewhat after the First World War.
But when Christian Dior turned the fashion world on its head
with his "New Look" in 1947,
(pictured here on a mannequin from the Met Museum's collection)
long opera gloves were a big part of the style.
Christian Dior, 1949, dinner dress.
Vogue US, March 2012.
Gloves remained part of a woman's everyday wear
until the early 1960s,
when they were summarily tossed aside
as part of the rights movement.
Out went hats. Out went gloves.
And although they have continued to be worn for weddings,
and of course in winter to keep warm,
they haven't returned to mainstream fashion.
But perhaps we shall see them a bit more,
because they are certainly appearing on the catwalks.
This is the House of Holland, A/W 2012.
Temperley London, pre fall 2012.
Johanna Johnson, showing at Australian Fashion Week,
with a sort of a part cuff/ part glove.
Cuffs are but another type of glove,
in my book.
(Ok, it's a generous book.)
These are also by Johanna Johnson.
Such a fun way to add a little elegance to an outfit.
Whether old or new,
from a vintage store or a boutique,
a pair of gloves can make one feel utterly glamorous.
And surely, that's not a bad thing?
images :: dr payot ad 1950s // lace gloves bhldn // claudette //
long gloves bhldn // grace kelly to catch a thief // grace kelly //
neyret ad 1950s // pearl beaded gloves bhldn // spotted gloves bhldn
audrey hepburn long opera black gloves // argentinean vintage ad 1950s //
christian dior: met museum // purple outfit vogue us // nova magazine 1965 morley gloves //
house of holland // temperley london // johanna johnson afw // johanna johnson sparkle cuff //
lace gloves bhldn // pink gloves vintage ad