Those of you who follow me on Twitter will know that I’ve recently been trying to get hold of some vintage gloves. I’ve not been looking for gloves of the insulating kind but, rather, day gloves that no self-respecting fifties lady-about-town would have gone without.
My hunt is in aid of a wedding I’ll be attending shortly where the dress code is ‘morning suits’ rather than the more common ‘lounge suits’. (Yes, I had to rush to Google too.) Figuring that this is probably the only wedding I’ll ever attend where I’m required to look quite so smart, I thought I’d pull out all the stops and use it as an excuse to wear some impractical hand attire.
First off, I tried vintage-inspired clothing boutiques for a new pair. However, what was on offer was long, polyester satin burlesque-style gloves, which are not the look I’m going for at a wedding. So, it was time to try to find the real deal.
Things I have discovered are that what is on offer is mostly white, or else black, and often kidskin or otherwise nylon. I think this very much describes the fifties staples. In the end, I’ve ended up buying two pairs (click to enlarge):
I may shortly part with the white ones as, while I prefer them to the light blue, they don’t go so well with my outfit and I’m not sure when I would realistically ever wear them again (me and white are not the best companions).
You will probably be unsurprised to learn that most of the gloves I came across were far too small for me. I don’t have the most delicate hands, so this isn’t surprising, but I also learnt something else when at the shop where I bought the two pairs shown above. Apparently, some gloves were simply intended to be held when at, for example, the theatre, and manufacturers never made these gloves with the intention that they would be worn. Given this, they didn’t waste material by making the gloves of a wearable size.
The other things I’ve found out is that there are quite a lot of vintage glove patterns around – women used to make their own at home. Sounds distinctly tricky to me!