The return of evening gloves is a subject that seems to be on everyone’s lips these days. This may be because of the furor over the faked paws of the furriest celebrities that were revealed in recent months. There are those who feel that this furor has crossed the line and now belongs to the category of newsworthiness. And there are those who say that such furor belongs to the category of silliness. But in all truth, the return of evening gloves is about so much more.
For centuries, women have worn gloves during the day. These may not have been handkerchiefs or mittens (a kind of folk art). What is clear is that throughout time women have chosen to wear gloves for a variety of reasons and for a variety of purposes. Some have to do with protecting their hands from the elements: from burning trees, from sharp rocks, hail, dust, snow, bird droppings, insects, and roadkill, to mention only a few.
In the modern world, gloves are primarily worn as a fashion statement. They can be worn to announce that you belong to a certain social grouping, or that you are an authority. They can even be worn to show off a particular taste in clothing-in shorts, to say whatever it is that you want to. Or, if you are a woman, they can be worn to hide the baby bump that you just can’t shake. If you know someone who is about to give birth, or if you yourself are giving birth, the return of evening gloves is about as close as you are going to get to alleviate the labor pains that you are about to go through.
The styles and designs of evening gloves are almost as numerous as they are varied. There is the high-necked version that is perfect for any sort of cocktail party. There is the lace-up variety, which adds a little flair to a simple evening dress. Then there are the wool varieties which are both comfortable and warm, perfect for chilly nights and long nights spent indoors.
There are also contemporary designs in suede that are a perfect fit for the trendy, urban crowd. They come in a variety of colors including gray, blue, and black. Some of these suits come with detachable lining, which can easily be removed and replaced when it is time to change outfits. This means that you do not have to buy another suit.
If you are the more traditional type, there are evening gloves for you as well. The classic black lace-up variety is a great option for those who want to look like they belong in the early part of the 20th century. If you want to add some color to your ensemble, a frilled clutch would be appropriate. If you prefer fabrics that drape and bend, chiffon is the way to go. For an edgier look, leather might be the best choice.
The materials used in glove making have also changed over time. Gone are the bulky, heavy satins of the nineteen seventies. Instead, come gloves that are more flexible, lightweight, and thinner. Satin has always been popular but it is not as popular today as it once was. Laces are still very popular but so have buckles. Buckles can either be embellished or plain.
The return of evening gloves is not complete without the right accessories. The evening glove hat is another important accessory that completes the look. The shape of the hat is determined by the style of the gloves but many prefer to have a simple studded hat. Evening gloves can be worn with almost anything so you do not need to be dressed to impress. A simple pair of evening gloves can be dressed up or down to match any outfit.