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.
|Poirot's Miss Lemon in a pair of short 1930s style gauntlet gloves
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
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!