Patsy Stone (of Absolutely Fabulous) said it best, “you can never have enough hats, gloves and shoes.” I quite agree with her and continually have to make room in my closets for more!
I love gloves from the 1940s to early 60s. All lengths, all fabrics and all colours. You can find vintage gloves in various lengths: to the wrist, to the elbow and over the elbow to your upper arm (opera gloves). The rule of thumb typically is that the shorter the sleeve of your dress, the longer the glove should be.
I’ve noticed that gloves from the 1940s/early 50s are typically longer. In the late 50s/early 60s, the ‘to the wrist’ or ‘just over the wrist’ length became more popular.
Depending on the occasion, gloves are matched to (or compliment):
- Your dress
- Your hat or scarf
- Your belt
- Your shoes
- Your purse
- Your accessories (jewellery)
So many choices! However, the conventions do not matter. As long as you’re happy with how your gloves compliment your outfit. If I’m in a ‘matching mood’, I match my gloves to my belt, purse, shoes, jewellery or hair ornament. Otherwise, I wear gloves that compliment the colour or pattern of my dress.
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