Gloves have a fascinating history and exude a vintage elegance. First worn as symbols of prestige and power, they were typically only seen on the hands of royalty. In the middle ages, ladies would give them as a token of affection to her suitor, and by the Renaissance, women of fashion wore ornately embroidered and perfumed gloves daily. Some even collected them obsessively, such as Queen Elizabeth I (sixteenth century) who accumulated more than 2,000 pairs! The tradition of giving gloves as keepsakes to wedding guests continued into the nineteenth century. Different lengths have been popular at different times but the short and even fingerless gloves seem to be making a comeback in today’s bridal fashion. Here I’ve collected some of my favorites from Etsy and around the web.
Learn more about the history of gloves here: The History of Gloves