I can mark the last time I wore dress gloves: May 25, 1996, for my friend Robyn’s wedding. They were elbow-length satin and I remember wine glasses slipping through my hands with them on. I blamed the gloves (but never the possibility of being over-served) that night for several spilled drinks. Later on, I made that glove into a hair-tie as my hair (and my whole ensemble) had had enough for the night.
Lately, I have seen a resurgence of gloves in designer’s fall lines–long and short dress gloves, sometimes in fabric, sometimes in leather. There has also been a showing of lighter, crocheted gloves in bridal wear.
I know you have visions of this…a little June Cleaver era.
Guess again. Take a look at the fall collections showing gloves:
Leather long dress gloves
Lanvin kicks it off with this gorgeous black dress and leather gloves.
This pretty little J. Mendel tweed and leather dress looks perfect with leather gloves.
Another beauty from Lanvin, this one in velvet with BLUE leather gloves.
Beautiful silver sequined dress from Reem Acra with long black gloves.
Between the gloves, the shoes or the gown, it’s hard to say which caught your eye first. This look is by Alexander McQueen.
Shorter, more casual gloves:
Gloves are cool enough to be featured on The Gossip Girl. Obviously sailor dresses are, too.
Marc Jacobs’ display of a fine dress, fine purse and matching gloves.
Here is behind the scenes at a runway show.
Short, Dressy Gloves:
These would be perfect with your Little Black Dress.
These gloves are fine enough to be jewelry.
These delicate gloves are just a hint of an accessory here.
These light crocheted gloves are fun addition to the teal and orange color scheme.
Lovely detail of lace on the front, sheer on the palm gloves. Too bad she’s holding that big ole’ key.
Here comes the bride…
If you decide to don gloves this season or next there are a few etiquette rules to consider. Obviously they are a little dated, but you get the gist.
20th Century Glove Etiquette
(Source: Gloves: Fashion and Etiquette, by Edith Heal, pages 20-21. New York: Hansen Glove Corporation, 1961.)
Don’t ever appear in public without gloves.
Don’t eat, drink, or smoke with gloves on.
Don’t play cards with gloves on.
Don’t apply makeup with gloves on.
Don’t wear jewelry over gloves, with the exception of bracelets.
Don’t make a habit of carrying your gloves ~ they should be considered an integral part of your costume.
Don’t wear short gloves to a very gala ball, court presentation or ‘White Tie’ affair at the White House or in honor of a celebrity.
Do wear gloves when you go shopping, visiting, driving; and for outdoor festivities such as garden parties, receptions.
Do wear gloves as a mark of respect in a place of worship.
Do wear gloves for formal indoor occasions: receptions, balls, and on arrival at a luncheon or dinner party.
Do keep gloves on in a receiving line.
Do keep gloves on while dancing at a formal party.
Do keep gloves on at a cocktail party until the drinks and hors d’oeuvres are passed. Then turn gloves back at the wrist or remove one glove.
Do remove gloves entirely at the dining table.
Do remove gloves after your arrival at an informal party or luncheon, leaving them with your coat.
Do these rules apply to Halloween or dress up clothes?