Today, with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season behind at us once more, I finally have the time needed to properly devote myself to delving into this fantastic topic and addressing Brittany's points in helpful detail.
Though gloves did make a bit of a resurgence in the 1980s (and not just fingerless styles Madonna and Cyndi Lauper), an era that was very keen on reviving many elements of 1940s and 50s fashion for a spell, this once staple ingredient of a woman's wardrobe has never truly come back into full-fledged use again.
As society (in general) continues to prance down an ever more casual sartorial path in most instances, though dress gloves (aka, non-winter gloves) may have a small surge in popularity again every now and then (especially on the design cat walks), I'd be willing to bet you a steak dinner that they'll never become a key player in most ladies closets ever again.
And, you know, I think that humanity loses something on the personal fashion front because of that.
Early last fall while Tony and I were savouring our marvelous holiday on Vancouver Island, my lovely friend - and perpetually stylish fellow vintage blogger - Brittany from Va Voom Vintage posted the following question on my personal Facebook page: "I was just admiring some of your beautiful vacation photos and I thought I would love to see a post on tips for wearing vintage gloves! I'm never sure what sleeve length looks best with glove lengths, glove etiquette, how to care for them and keep them clean, etc.
I'd love some tips on how to wear them casually also.
I always feel too dressy with gloves but your outfits look so relaxed and effortlessly stylish!
" I'm immensely touched that Brittany asked for some of my thoughts on this topic and that she sees me as a lovely example of someone who knows how to sport gloves successfully.
Instead I'm going to cover the specific points that Brittany raised, because they are both excellent questions and topics that I haven't really gone into depth about here before (and it's high time that I did).
Gloves are, to my mind, one of the most elegant, stylish and becoming accessories ever invented.
So crucial to most women's (and until the early twentieth century, many men's as well) wardrobes were gloves up until the 1960s, that I'd go far even to call them a garment unto themselves, not just an accessory.
Nearly all women and girls alike owned one or more pairs of gloves before the radical shift in ladies wear that we saw take place during the swinging sixties and funky seventies that would follow.