Monday, April 20, 2015

Vintage Collectables-Gloves

When it comes to vintage accessorizing I have long been obsessed with hats.  In facts it was my love of hats that first got me into dressing vintage and they remain my first love.  However, recently I have been falling hard for another vintage accessory, namely gloves.  Gloves have lots to offer.  They cover unsightly, un-manicured hands (mine), can be practical in cool weather, are in the realm of vintage style relatively affordable, and like hats they add a quick bit of style and personality to any outfit.  I am far from a glove expert, but I still wanted to do a quick post on vintage gloves styles decade by decade and on my own collection.  However, I must in all fairness direct any reader of this post to the pre-eminent vintage glove expert Jessica of Chronically vintage who has too utterly brilliant posts on gloves here and here.

1920s and 30s:

Gloves from this time period where generally either wrist length affairs, or my personal favorite gauntlet styles.  The gauntlet styles could be either more elaborate with details like pleating, buttons and spots:

Look at the amazing pleating on the gloves of the woman
on the left.

I love the square buttons on this pair. 

 This woman clearly needs to find a dalmation to walk in those gloves.

Or simpler with just a slight flair:


Poirot's Miss Lemon in a  pair of short 1930s style gauntlet gloves
 I  have a pair of plain brown gauntlet gloves that remind me of Miss Lemon's, I found them at the salvation army so I have no idea of the era, but they feel very 30s to me.

Evening during these decades would have meant elbow or wrist length gloves, either gauntlet style or slim:


Two flappers in amazing evening gloves, image source

Poirot's Miss Lemon in velvet evening gloves

 I have one pair of elbow gloves, part of a vintage glove lot I won on ebay.   I wore them to my friends wedding, and they were my favorite part of the outfit:
Spring and summertime in the 20s and 30s would have meant crochet gloves, often in white.

I have three pairs of crochet gloves.  One white and one tannish-gold and the third a more elaborate pair that I admittedly spent over my usual glove budget on, but they reminded me so much of my favorite pair of gloves on Poirot that when they went on sale  I couldn't resist. 

Gauntlet gloves where still worn in the 1940s, but they seem to have gone on a diet.  The new slimmer gauntlet gloves boasted only a slight flair but they still could make an outfit.

By the 1950s and early 60s slim, usually short,  gloves in white range of colors from pastels to brights where de riguer. 

Image Source, In this picture from 1949 the young girls are wearing the slimmer candy colored gloves that would be popular during the 50s.

The majority of my own glove collection consists of 1950s and 60s gloves I bought at the salvation army or in lots on ebay.  Though technically mid-century gloves I often pair them with 1920s, 30s, and 40s outfits.   


The 1960s where gloves last hurrah, and by the 1970s gloves for anything but a prom or a wedding would have raised eyebrows.

 The relative obscurity of gloves though, and the fact that the general public, outside of hard core vintage fans, has  pretty much no interest in wearing them on anything approaching a regular basis is what makes gloves so fun to collect.  Unlike other vintage items gloves are still  plentiful, and often inexpensive. Beaded and colorful styles, mostly made of nylon, from the 50s and 60s can be gotten for relatively little money if you are patient and watch ebay closely, or frequent estate sales.  Nearly all of my gloves, except the crochet pairs, are part of a large lot I bought on ebay  a few years ago for 25 dollars.  Also gloves are also the only vintage accessory I've had any success in finding at the salvation army.

If you want a vintage accessory to collect, gloves are a great place to start, just make sure you leave some for me!


  1. You have a great glove collection! Lovely images too.

  2. Oh for the days when you couldn't leave the house without putting your hat and gloves on!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  3. I love the gauntlet style too, just didn't know it was called that. An educational post!

  4. gosh all those gloves (yours and the pictures) are AMAZING! My favorite is the blue elbow pretty.

    Great post and now I need to break out my gloves and wear them somewhere today :)

  5. I remember my gran telling me a lady wasn't properly dressed without her hat and gloves :)
    You always look so chic.
    Lynne x

  6. You have quite a collection! There are some beauties there.

    SHE says that ladies who wear gloves don't try to walk three dogs on retractable leads.

  7. What a lovely collection of gloves you have! I have never been much of a glove wearer, probably because it's usually so warm here you don't even need them in the winter. And I just don't know that they'd go withy usual shorts and Tee outfits! :)

  8. Another great post! I really enjoy these vintage "look-backs"! I was going to ask you what the basic reason was for gloves being such a must in women's fashion for so long, but then decided to go to the links you provided. That 2nd link really gave a great rundown on glove history. In our modern world, the need for gloves has diminished but certainly the cold/dirty world of the past made gloves a needed item. And if you must wear them for comfort/sanitation, they might as well look beautiful in the process.

    Sitting here in my over-air-conditioned office, I could use a pair of gloves right now! LOL!

  9. I have some gloves from my great grandmother. She was a singer/dancer in New York back in early 1900s. I slso have some of her jewelry and a green velvet purse that I love.

    I love that poodle purse!

  10. Wow,, and you have so many beautiful gloves ! How fun is that!

  11. Awesome post! I love that we both did mega entries devoted to gloves this year. Your own collection is really beautiful and compliments your 20s - 40s wardrobe sublimely. It's always lovely to connect with fellow glove wearers, especially since I find that a fair number of vintage folks don't wear them all that often, if at all in some cases (which always blows my mind a little).

    Big hugs & my deepest of heartfelt thanks for your kind, caring comment on today's outfit post,
    ♥ Jessica

  12. Some beauties in your collection. I enjoyed reading about gloves through the ages :)

  13. Really you blog have very interesting and very valuable information about the Gardening keep posting.


Link Within

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...