Gloves For Ladylike 50s Elegance
Gloves are often overlooked nowadays. Even retro-loving fashionistas sometimes forget to include this elegant accessory in their wardrobe.
Gals may score the perfect 50s swing dress, paint on a flawless cat-eye, and learn to shape their hair into lovely Victory Rolls; but many ignore the final vintage touch: gloves.
There is no easy explanation for this. For whatever reason, gloves simply seem like a “costume” to many of us modern gals. We may go out on a limb to make a statement with shoes or dresses, but somehow gloves seem like a prop best reserved for Halloween.
But no longer.
Tip #1 for selecting gloves? Avoid costume shops! Too many of us have only tried on cheap, scratchy Halloween-style gloves. Sliding on gloves made for real wear will make a world of difference!
Tip #2: For day wear, stick with wrist-length gloves. Elbow or “opera-length” gloves will make them look like part of a costume, so steer clear of those. (Yes, Audrey pulled off the look in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but we mere mortals can look a little silly sporting over-the-elbow black opera gloves and diamonds in the middle of the day.)
Tip #3: Avoid sparkly fabrics, cheap scratchy rayon, and shiny satin. These all lend either a cheap costume vibe or an evening look, which is not what you’re going for. Instead, stick with cotton or polyester for day wear.
Tip #4: Feminine details are always lovely! Small ruffles, subtle dots, a crocheted pattern, or small flowers can take a simple glove up a notch.
So, what do you think? Which gloves are your favorite? Have you found any great shops for ladylike retro gloves? Leave a comment and let us know…
Posted on September 12, 2011, in Uncategorized, Women's Fashion & Style and tagged 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 40s Gloves, 50s Gloves, 60s Gloves, Cotton Gloves, Crocheted Gloves, Dot Gloves, Dots, Flowers, Gloves With Flowers, Gloves WIth Ruffles, Ladies' Gloves, Ladylike Gloves, Pinup, Pinup Girl Clothing, Retro, Retro Gloves, Ruffles, The Black Cat Closet, Vintage, Vintage Gloves, White Gloves, Women's Gloves. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.