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.
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.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.Over the years I've both worn vintage gloves in many (many!) of my outfit posts and also blogged about them in different entries such as How to Size Vintage Gloves (which, according to my blog stats, has turned out to be one of my most popular posts ever) and How I Store My Vintage Glove Collection, both of which I highly recommend you check out, if you haven't done so before (or want a quick refresher on either subject).Having already written whole posts on those two subjects, I won't really dive into them here today again.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.
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.