One of my favorite things about vintage fashion is...#gloves! 🧤
Today, gloves serve the function of keeping one's hands warm in cool weather, or clean during various avenues of work.
But prior to the 70s gloves were a way of showing, not just practicality in certain situations like the aforementioned, but respect & dignity for one's self.
In the early part of the 19th century gloves certainly played a most practical role.
Hygiene & cleanliness weren't what they are today, & gloves protected the wearer and her family from any illnesses that could come from revealed hands during dirty chores like gardening, mopping, laundry, etc.
A woman's economic status could actually be told by her hands, too.
You've heard of "dishpan hands"? Well, it's true. A woman with rough hands would be spotted right away & could be looked down on.
But with a nice pair of gloves to hide the condition of her hands, a woman could be seen as a classy, & her social level was not as easily distinguishable.
Gloves were also a form of modesty, and a lady would never leave the home without her handy-dandy gloves.
The length of a woman's gloves was also important...you couldn't just wear any kind of gloves. There were rules to follow.
Gloves that met the wrist were suitable for daytime, but in the evening at parties elbow length gloves were expected. There were a ton of guidelines on the texture, length, color, & fabric.
A lady shouldn't wear gloves when eating or playing cards, but should be worn when going to see a movie or going to church.
Also, a man should never ask a woman to remove her gloves & a woman shouldn't feel compelled to remove them when shaking hands w/ anyone.
In the 50s & 60s, gloves were much more of an option for women- not really required as they had been years earlier. They were considered more for fashion than anything else.
In this photo I am wearing a pair of 50's white gloves with a slit at the base of the hand for easy removal.
When I made this page, my main goal was to educate & share some fun fashion history w/ fellow enthusiasts. So, I hope you enjoyed this brief trivia! ☺️
My dress is from @lavenderjosephine 👗
Photography by @sallywphotography 💕
I have lived to be 24... believe it or not! Today was my 24th birthday, and I had a great day with my boyfriend in St. Augustine! Birthdays and holidays in general are pretty hard for me, because my depression is worsened. Thankfully this birthday I only had one day where it was bad. I hope everyone had a great day!
Sunday’s look. Late 1930s/early 40s sweater, found missing the black lacing and with some shitty modern buttons. So I mended the holes, laced some knitted string through the sleeves and hem, and put these gorgeous period buttons on it. I love the embroidery and wooden beading. Wearing with a 1940s Mexican souvenir jacket, early 1960s striped boucle skirt, 1940s wristlet, 1960s studded mod slingbacks, modern Chanel glasses, and modern Comme des Garçons socks. #vintage#truevintageootd#fashion#commedesgarcons#chanel#mod#boucle#souvenirjacket