Vintage Fashion | Glove Etiquette for Beginners

Vintage Fashion | Glove Etiquette for Beginners

I admit, I have a bit of a thing for gloves.

Specifically vintage gloves that are small enough for my stubby hands. They look smart, come in a trillion styles and colours and make you feel like a lady. They are also the one part of my wardrobe that gets consistently noticed.

But since our mothers were freed from the social expectation of hats and gloves, we’ve forgotten how to wear them! Gloves were an integral part of dressing for many eras, but the majority of questions I receive are from lovers of 1940’s – 1960’s fashion. So here, my darlings, is a beginners playbook for the wearing of gloves – information courtesy of several 1950’s fashion etiquette brochures.

When to wear gloves

Gloves should be worn on the streets of cities and large towns.
They should be worn when driving or travelling on trains, planes or other public conveyances.
Gloves should be worn for church and formal occasions including weddings, luncheons, dinners, garden parties or receptions.
The hostess should also wear gloves while she is receiving guests at these functions.

When not to wear gloves

Please remove your gloves to eat, smoke, apply makeup or play cards.

Glove Etiquette

  •  If you are lunching in a restaurant remove your coat on entering but retain your hat and gloves. Removeyour gloves when you are seated at the table.
  •  When attending a party with food or hors d’oeuvres turn your gloves back at the wrist or remove one while eating. ( This is where those gloves with wrist buttons come into play )
  •  When attending an informal event, remove your gloves on arrival and leave them with your coat.
  •  Always remove your gloves completely when seated for a meal. Try to do so discreetly, a lady does not make a spectacle of removing her gloves.
  • Gloves are left on while shaking hands.
  • Bracelets are the only jewellery that should be worn over your gloves.

Miss Pinup New Zealand 2017 Velvet DeColette walks us through the basic rules for wearing gloves, the perfect vintage fashion accessory.

Which gloves do I wear?

Day Gloves 

  • Short gloves in cotton or nylon come in lovely styles. Consider bright polka dot prints for the races, and embroidered or lace-trimmed gloves for summer parties.
  • Black kid leather is appropriate for city sightseeing and theater in metropolitan settings.
  • Crotchet or string gloves for casual garden parties and fairs in the country, or at the beach.
  • Leather gloves are wonderful in winter, especially for shopping and also driving.

Evening Gloves 

  • The appropriate length of glove can be chosen according to the length of your sleeves – the shorter your sleeves, the longer your gloves.
  • White and off white, including ivory, beige and taupe, are the traditional colors for opera gloves. these pale colours are appropriate for virtually any occasion on which opera gloves are worn.
  • Black Opera Gloves should not be worn with light-colored dresses, but can be worn with black, dark-colored or bright-colored clothing.
  • Black gloves are also considered the most elegant with evening dress.
  • Long coloured gloves should really be worn only with dresses of a coordinating colour scheme.
  • Opera gloves should not be put on in public but should be put on in the privacy of your own home. If they must be removed in public please do so discreetly. ( I can only imagine this was included in 1954’s brochure as the sight of a woman peeling off an opera glove could drive a man crazy.)

Lilli Ann inspired gold and black floral ladies suit. Made and worn with vintage hat and gloves and modern back seam stockings and leather heels.

Of course, these are the fashion rules from the era our beloved gloves are from. Modern women have the freedom to disobey or obey them as they please. Personally I find the subtle nuances of wearing vintage clothing part of the experience, so I  hope these guidelines will help you confidently don your gloves like the retro beauty you are! Have fun and be bold!

With Style & Sass

    Velvet DeCollete

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Golden Age Glamour

Golden Age Glamour: An evocative phrase, bringing to mind diamantes and satin gloves, fluffy boudoir mules and furs. Nothing makes you feel more glamorous.

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Golden Age Glamour | Velvet DeCollete

Outfit Breakdown

Bra + Suspender Belt | Pip & Pantalaimon
Knickers | The Warehouse – unsure of brand as I always cut the tags out!
Gloves + Fur | Vintage
Earrings | Diva
Stockings | Undercover back-seam stockings by Voodoo
Boudoir Mules | Thrifted

A side note on bras | This bra was too big in the band for me, but I also found the cups just weren’t the right shape for augmented breasts! Any recommendations for vintage style bras that work for ladies that have had some help?

Photos | Froger
Model + Styling | Velvet DeCollete

With style and sass,


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Cadillac Dreams | A Classic Hollywood Inspired Photoset

Cadillac Dreams | A Classic Hollywood Inspired Photoset

Bad girls may have more fun, but classy girls get away with it.

Inspired by the elegance of classic Hollywood and it’s movie starlets this is the sister set to Start Your Engines | A bad Girl Photo Shoot. Shot in the same location with the same magnificent Cadillac this set takes style inspiration from the glamorous publicity shots of 1950’s cinema stars. (With a few ‘paparazzi’ style shots thrown in for fun).

Photographer | Froger
Shoot Assistant | LaVonne from Tock Tick Vintage
Model | Velvet DeCollete (moi)

Cadillac Hollywood Starlet | Pinup Photoshoot | Velvet DeCollete

Cadillac Hollywood Starlet | Pinup Photoshoot | Velvet DeCollete

Outfit Breakdown 

Wiggle Dress | Beckon Couture – made from a Vintage Vogue pattern
Gloves, Sunglasses, Bag & Fur | Tock Tick Vintage
Shoes | Pulp Noir
Vintage Imitation Pearl Necklace | Gifted
Earrings | Diva
Hosiery | Pretty Polly

Cadillac Hollywood Starlet | Pinup Photoshoot | Velvet DeCollete

Cadillac Hollywood Starlet | Pinup Photoshoot | Velvet DeCollete

How beautiful is the vintage fawn skin bag in the photo above? Unsurprisingly it’s part of La Vonne’s personal collection, I nicknamed it ‘The Bambi Bag’.

Oh and did I mention Elvis stopped by? He’s such a hoot!

Cadillac Hollywood Starlet | Pinup Photoshoot | Velvet DeCollete

prerequisite dorky photo with the sun reflector!

Classily yours,







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Monday Style Tip No.2

Monday Style Tip No.2

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Stylishly yours,

          Velvet  x

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Pink Fur and Pouts

Pink Fur and Pouts

Pink fur
Pink beret 
Black lingerie

Imagine a Parisian cabaret performer – the type you’d find backstage at a smoky vintage nightclub, reading poetry and drinking espresso. She’s my inspiration for this shoot with Zandy J.

I had such fun styling this look. Searching for a contrast between sweet hyper-femininity and shameless sex appeal I met my old nemesis…pink. I’ve never been a pink lovin’ gal ( swearing off it for over a decade) but there was something about the soft sensuality of these fur cuffs that wouldn’t be ignored.

They made me feel vampy and playful all at once. Like a 1940’s man-eater cooing in the ear of a well dressed mob boss.

Oh la la…
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Outfit breakdown

Beret | Boohoo
Pink fur cuffs | Boohoo (worn over gloves)
Gloves | Tock Tick Vintage
Corset | Corset Story
Knickers | Kmart
Stockings | Voodoo
Shoes | Hijacked from my mothers collection

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All Photographs | Zandy J Pinup Photography
Model + Styling | Velvet DeCollete

I have to say my hair and makeup skills have come a long way in the last few years, but my naturally curly hair does not like humidity! Any lovelies willing to share their tips for keeping humid locks sleek and styled?

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A Very Vintage Day Out | Pt. 2

A Very Vintage Day Out | Pt. 2

Very Vintage Day Out Part two (read part one here)! The part where I bombard you with photos from all the rad Photo Safari photographers I posed for at VVDO. Two of the photos were even judged Runner Ups in the VVDO photo comp – Proof that hard work pays off ya know.

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Photo | Byard James

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Photo | Jeff Yu – Awarded Runner Up in the VVDO photo competition

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Photo | Froger

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Photo | Reese Waters – Awarded Runner Up in the VVDO photo comp


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Photo | Photo by Alyssa

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Photo | Reese Waters

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Photo | Jeff Yo

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Photo | Diana Vollmerhausen

Photos | As credited
Model | Velvet DeCollete
Wardrobe | Bespoke Design by Velvet DeCollete

These are the Very Vintage Day Out Best Dressed competition finalists! I was humbled to stand alongside such awesome girls and fab retro fashion. Isn’t Georgia the cutest with her diner girl tray!

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Photo | David Michael Photography – the Best Dressed Finalists!

As always, I’d love to know how you spent the day if you attended, there was so much on that I missed!

With style & sass,

                Velvet x


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Photo Preview | Velvet & the Mannequin

Photo Preview | Velvet & the Mannequin

Sunday saw my first shoot with Mike of Froger Photo and the lovely LaVonne of Tock Tick Vintage. It was such a fun day, things got weird, I got lost in the Narnia of LaVonne’s store buying pretty things, oh, and we took some photos!

The photos are being edited and sent off to various publications in the hopes of achieving ‘published pinup’ status, but I do have one or two I can share in the meantime.

These are from the first set we shot. Poor LaVonne is a natural camp mum – adjusting garters with my derriere in her face and holding camera-flash-thingies in awkward places without complaint. She’s so enthusiastic about her vintage collection you really must check out Tock Tick  if you need anything (When I was there she had 73 pairs of gloves!…She now has 72…).

Mike had a mannequin idea lead to a few giggles on my part and some great photos on his. He gives really useful direction which as a model can be the difference between an okay pose and a rockin’ pose.

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Photo | Froger Photography
Model | Velvet DeCollete
Gloves, Mannequin & Mannequin Wardrobe | Tock Tick Vintage

As always, My Everpatient Husband was my amazing support crew – couldn’t do it without you babe x

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