Saturday, December 3, 2011

simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.


Nothing is more elegant than a pair of white gloves. Chic, simple, and glamorous, they are a lasting fashion staple. Lately, I have become more enamored than usual by white gloves. They convey such elegance and sophistication. I don't own any yet, but am constantly on the hunt for just the right pair.

Gloves were first worn for fashion by women in the 13th century. It wasn't until the 16th century, though, that they truly made their mark. Queen Elizabeth I wore jeweled and embroidered gloves, making them a true fashion statement!

There are three general lengths for women's gloves: wrist (matinee), elbow, and opera (full-length.) My personal favourite, are the wrist-length gloves, like my ultimate style icon, Audrey Hepburn (pictured below). 

wrist-length, or matinee gloves.
 
  
elbow gloves.

full-length, or opera gloves.

What do you think about traditional white gloves?

xo Shannon

49 comments:

  1. I adore gloves! If they're white, like you, I prefer them wrist-length, but I have a love affair with dark coloured velvet gloves that go up beyond the elbow. I saw them in moveis and especially if the woman wore a ring over them, I was floored with delight!

    jo from slowcatharsis.blogspot.com

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  2. so true and the photos are truly wonderful !

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  3. They're very elegant and even sexy ;D but I don't like wearing them as it's too hot in my country :P

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  4. wrist length white gloves are perfect!
    great photos :)

    xxLiora
    http://lioraatsea.blogspot.com/

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  5. I think gloves are classic beauty item, but for me personally I don't think I'd wear them. Unless they were fingerless lace gloves.

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  6. definitely going on a gloves kick in general right now.but I really want to get a pair of pretty white gloves!!

    <3Amanda
    feast.fashion.faves

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  7. love simple and chic things as well. great post.
    have a Cupcake sweet day!
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  8. white gloves asre very elegant

    love vthe third pic

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  9. fantastic photos!
    thanks or your comment on my blog! I follow you ... I hope you do the same! XDDD
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  10. i love white gloves i think they are sophisticated and classy..

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  11. white gloves look very sylish. Love these pics!

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  12. Love white gloves, too. They can bring so much elegance to an outfit!
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  13. lovely retro pics ;) love the gloves but only if you have a vintage or retro style ;)
    xoxo,
    MaNAa

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  14. Hi there! Thank you so much for your wonderful comments. I really appreciate them. The party dresses are fun no doubt, and I know what you mean. I wish I had some cool parties to wear them too :)

    Gloves! I love the classy look they give. I've always wanted to try it out though. I never have and hope someday I can.

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  15. I've never tought about white gloves, but they are really elegant and sophisticated!!!

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  16. White gloves are great, ultimate class to keep them white

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  17. inspirational post. great photo choices, and nice learning about the history of white gloves. :) yes, i think when worn properly, it really gives it the extra stylish factor... and i'd totally wear it going to work, if i was still working, that is! :)


    hope you had a great wknd. i always appreciate you visiting me and leaving me sweet comments.

    'til next time!
    jasmine

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  18. I am a total glove girl. Not really because of any specific fashion statement that I am trying to make, but because I get really dry skin on my hands during the cold weather. Gloves are a necessity. I would be too worried about getting white gloves dirty.

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  19. I love the pics you picked out, wonderful women. The gloves are too oldschool for today's styles, but I love to see them on events like Cannes or the Oscar ;-)
    But maybe I should try, you're inspiring...

    xxx Jess

    thanks for every single comment, I really appreciate them!

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  20. Gloves like this are very classy. At that time women were very elegant and feminine.
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  21. thanks so much for your lovely comment! i've already been following you for a while though :) <3
    xoxo,
    Nancy

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  22. Ohhh love these photos.
    The white gloves are definitely classic!
    --Annie
    newenglandromance.blogspot.com

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  23. I love the essence of these white gloves... it gives an outfit the classic elegance and sophistication :)

    ~Pau
    www.lilbitsofchic.com

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  24. Love the white gloves. The first look is my favorite. Gorgeous picture. Now I'm going to attempt to put together a similar look ;)

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  25. Can't argue enough. Simplicity really shines with dress attitude and of course the elegant white gloves. Rock. :D

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  26. I love the gloves, adds a certain sophistication!

    Also, I am a bit late but thanks for leaving a comment on my blog :)

    X Mallika

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  27. You can never go wrong when you talk about Audrey! Thank you again for commenting on my blog! Greetings from Helsinki on this rainy but wonderful Monday!

    xxx
    E
    http://dragonflyelisabeth.blogspot.com/

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  28. Such a lovely thing to blog on! White gloves are the ultimate sophistication piece. They are so reminiscent of a beautiful period.Great post my dear and thanks for your comment on my blog :)
    Aimee
    www.new-yorkdoll.blogspot.com

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  29. I love white gloves ! :) very nice post ! this is my blog :
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  30. Very inspiring pictures. I love Grace Kelly's style. So classic and beautiful.

    I'm not sure if I could do the white gloves, but I love how timeless they are.

    xo,
    Shannon
    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com

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  31. I agree white gloves look so chic! Have a lovely week. <3<3

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  32. white gloves are great, but i think i would mess them up and they would be full of stains :(

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  33. I'm such an Audrey Hepburn fan! And I couldn't agree more - simplicity is KEY! http://www.boutiqueonfeet.blogspot.com

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  34. Joli blog :D Merci pour ton commentaire

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  35. everything glove that is not wool!
    have all the reasons given chic
    I'm new to this and I'm finding people wonderful
    I follow

    XX
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  36. These ladies are just all about elegance. Such beautiful, classy ladies. My favourite is definitely the Audrey Hepburn pic xx

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  37. Love these white glove looks! So elegant!

    GTBB,
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  38. This is a great post! Love these pictures!

    Jayme & Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

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  39. yes, they are the epitome of class and sophistication...

    Andy


    www.afterflats.com

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  40. thanks so much for your sweet comment! i really appreciate it! i'll always come back and visit!

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  41. white gloves are amazing. very retro and feminine. so the outfit with it would be striking

    Lyosha
    Inside and Outside blog

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  42. beautiful post!

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  43. HI! thanks for the visit and for your wonderful compliments
    You are very kind

    very nice post;)

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  44. I love white gloves! In fact, I have a pair that I've been meaning to wear. This is inspiring me to do so next time I go out. Thank you :)


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