Post # 1
I’m planning a 1950’s-vintage-inspired wedding. My dress is a bouffant ballgown with a cathedral train in satin and lace with off the shoulder cap sleeves.
For a formal wedding, and for period correctness, I should wear elbow length gloves, but I’m quite unsure. Not too many people wear gloves nowadays, and I’m wondering if it’ll be "too much"? I haven’t found too many gloves besides cheap-looking spandex ones that aren’t really appropriate.
What do you think? Did you wear gloves with your gown? Are they more of a hassle (during the ceremony/eating/etc) than they’re worth?
Post # 3
You can buy non-shiny non-spandex gloves online, at sites like
I also remember seeing some nice ones at Nordstrom (granted, this was at least 5 years ago). Or you could actually find vintage gloves on eBay, but make sure you know your glove size then.
Keep in mind that when brides wore gloves in the past, they often slit the seam on the ring finger so they could put the ring on without removing the glove. And remember that gloves were NEVER worn for eating. If you get the kind with wrist buttons, you can roll the glove up on your wrist so your hands are free, but if not you’ll have to take them off entirely.
I think gloves could be a lovely period accessory for you, but try them on with your dress to make sure you like the look. I’d even think about buying some cheap spandex ones just to get the feel of the outfit, before committing to more expensive ones.
Post # 4
buying ‘trial" cheap one is a great idea! thanks!!
Post # 5
YOu must check out http://thesartorialist.blogspot.com/ and go to the post about Lane Crawford Party For Beijing Store Opening. There is a photo of a woman wearing wrist length red gloves that I cannot get enough of yet! I think this look is much more modern while still being classic.
Post # 6
- Wedding: April 2011 - in the woods
Here’s a recent bride who wore gloves. I thought of you!
Post # 7
if you like the look of gloves with your dress, then go for it! if nothing else, you could wear them for the pictures and ceremony and take them off for the reception (hopefully you’re getting married at a colder time of year or in air conditioning, though. i don’t think they’d be worth it in july).
also, you can match the fabric to your ‘style’, whether it be lace or satin or linen.