Thursday, October 8, 2009

Glove etiquette

from the Vogue Book of Etiquette, 1948:

"Traditionally, gloves are a mark of the formally dressed woman. A generation "lady" left her front door without gloves on her hands. Now, modern usage holds that gloves should be worn on occasions such as these: going to a formal luncheon, dinner, reception, or dance; in the streets of large towns and cities; going to and from church; going to official receptions or entertainments.

On the other hand, a woman should always take off her gloves before she starts smoking, playing cards, eating, drinking or putting on make-up. When one is wearing long, elbow length gloves (as, for example) at a very big dinner) one should take them off as soon as one is seated at the dining table, before touching food or drink. At dances and receptions, gloves are left on for dancing and one may unbutton them at the wrist, tucking the finger ends of the glove into the wrist opening, whenever one wants to smoke, drink, or powder one's nose. This system can also be followed at a dance, but gloves should never be left on the arm at the dinner table. Bracelets may be worn over long gloves (except, of course, at the dinner table) but rings should never be worn outside the glove.

They do not mention, however, where the gloves should be placed, once they are removed, but many women would tuck them into a waistline belt or put them into a pocketbook. Of course, many would also elect to put them into a pocket of their coat, which explains the large amount of stray gloves found when said coats are purchased today.

Sadly, gloves are largely out of fashion today, though I will say that I've seen some in the magazines this season. This may be an indicator that, although we may never see them become a part of everyday wear, they still have a place. We can certainly hope so!


  1. It would be very nice if gloves coma back, perhpas not for everyday but just some dinner parties or ball dances.

  2. I'm certainly going to wear some soon, as the cold weather is coming.

    (Maybe, because of H1N1 fears, gloves will make a comeback.)