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Let's Talk Gloves ~ Dahling, With Gail Carriger

I admit it, yes, I'm one of them. I'm one of those girls that always has cold hands. Always. This has resulted in a love affair with gloves.

Let's Talk Gloves ~ Dahling, With Gail Carriger
Martin Margiela, 2001 via 1stdibs.com

The affair began when I moved to Ohio, persisted when I lived in England, escalated when I excavated in the Andes, and has never stopped.

Let's Talk Gloves ~ Dahling, With Gail Carriger
Self at FenCon
My obsession has encompassed every material and type of glove from woolen mitties to fingerless lace to kid elbow length to satin opera gloves to plaid driving gloves.

Let's Talk Gloves ~ Dahling, With Gail Carriger
 Gail's event collection (as opposed to every day wear)

Fortunately for me, I have rather small hands which means many vintage gloves fit me. Also freinds and family have learned of my love for gloves and so I have inherited many a particularly special pair. For example, of the ones above the red opera, and sage lace, and the cobalt are all from my grandmother from the 1920s. Also, I am less inclined to purge gloves as they take up so little room. And then my friends who knit get in on the action.

Let's Talk Gloves ~ Dahling, With Gail Carriger
Here are some great shots from the runway on modern fingerless gloves.

It's amazing how the addition of gloves to an outfit can render it instantly punk, or retro, or ladylike, or edgy. I will say I tend to prefer lined leather for my everyday jaunts about town, cloth is so slippery.

Let's Talk Gloves ~ Dahling, With Gail Carriger

The ones that seem to garner the most attention, however, are my little net gloves.  There is something about them that seems to be universally appealing.

Let's Talk Gloves ~ Dahling, With Gail Carriger Let's Talk Gloves ~ Dahling, With Gail Carriger

You don't have to take my word for it, Tuppence Hapenny covers the same subject for those who are after vintage.

Let's Talk Gloves ~ Dahling, With Gail Carriger Let's Talk Gloves ~ Dahling, With Gail Carriger

Of course, white is the classic choice. But they do get dirty easily, so tip number one, avoid white kid. It feels wonderful and wears great but is impossible to clean and very few professional cleaners know who to do properly it anymore.

Let's Talk Gloves ~ Dahling, With Gail Carriger Let's Talk Gloves ~ Dahling, With Gail Carriger

You can go for the retro without being too vintage derivative by picking a glove color that doesn't perfectly match your purse, or by going for something that coordinates with the pattern of the outfit rather than fitting in perfectly.

Let's Talk Gloves ~ Dahling, With Gail Carriger Let's Talk Gloves ~ Dahling, With Gail Carriger

But there are ways to make even your vintage gloves work with a modern street look too. Just plain old black works wonders in a high glamor context, but a pop of color can be ultra modern in a street chic look, see the catwalks this Fall and various style bloggers.

The other cool things about gloves is if you have boney little wrists (like me) that don't fit most bangles, puting the bracelet on over the glove makes it fit properly and not bruise your wrist bone!

Let's Talk Gloves ~ Dahling, With Gail Carriger


How about a pair for Sophronia? She's my new main character in the Finishing School series.

Let's Talk Gloves ~ Dahling, With Gail Carriger
1840s mitts via The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

And you know what the best thing is about gloves on the convention circuit? They protect you from Con Crud! It's fantastic. Of course, keeping a low intake of alcohol and sugar and getting plenty of rest are also helpful.

Let's Talk Gloves ~ Dahling, With Gail Carriger
Hoaw to Pack Steampunk (and other costumes) by Gail Carriger Let's Talk Gloves ~ Dahling, With Gail Carriger

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