Friday, September 24, 2010

Friday Charm School - How to Carry a Purse and Wear Gloves Like a Lady

Welcome to Friday Charm School! Today's lesson deals with purses and gloves.

Today, purses have become a much more important part of your fashion statement than they were in the 50s and 60s, but the basic rules for how to carry your handbag still apply. Above all, you don't want to appear awkward and unbalanced as though you are carrying a burden. Your purse should be an accessory that you carry neatly and effortlessly.

To carry a handbag, slip your hand through the handle from the outside and let the handle rest on your wrist. Turn your palm up with fingers relaxed. Place your wrist lightly against your waist so the purse rests on the flat of your hip. Don't carry your handbag under your arm like a football, as this can ruin the lines of your dress. Don't carry your handbag down by your side with your arm fully extended, as this can not only bump your leg repeatedly, but also become an obstacle for passers-by.

To carry a clutch purse, hold the bottom of the bag in your hand, resting it on the length of your index and middle fingers. Rest your hand against your hip, letting the bag relax to an angle.

To carry a shoulder bag, rest the strap on your shoulder. In order to keep the bag from swinging when you walk, grasp the center of the front strap to hold it in place. Don't push down on the top of the bag. Don't slip the strap over your head and wear the bag criss-crossing the body. This ruins the lines of your garment.

Gloves have started to come back as an important fashion accessory. Do you know what to do with your gloves?

How to put on gloves:
1. Slip your hand down the glove and gently ease it on by grasping the cuff.
2. If the gloves are snug, smooth the fingers on gently to avoid splitting the seams.
3. Never pull by the cuff, as this can stretch your glove. Instead smooth the glove with upward strokes from the fingers up the arm.
4. Never push between the fingers. Smooth the fingers with upward strokes until the glove is comfortable.

How to remove gloves:
1. Pull gently at the tip of each finger until you can hold the fingertips of the glove.
2. Grasp all the fingertips of the glove in the opposite hand and pull gently to ease your hand out.
3. Never grasp the cuff to pull your gloves off, as this will turn them inside out.

How to hold your gloves:
1. After removing your gloves, ease away any creases and reshape them.
2. Fold the thumb of each glove in and press the two gloves together, palms in, with fingertips and cuffs even.
3. With the cuff end facing out, fold the gloves over the side of your hand between the forefinger and thumb. Hold them in place with your thumb.
4. If the gloves are long, fold them in half lengthwise and place the folded part out, then hold between the forefinger and thumb.

Remember, a lady always wears both gloves, not just one.


Sheila said...

Oh my gosh, I just love these posts. Thank you for doing them.

Have a great weekend!

Nancy said...

The information about the gloves is actually really helpful. Thanks a lot!

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Thank you, Sheila. I'm so glad you like them!

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Women who learned how to wear gloves are probably all over 60 at this point. It's no wonder the information has gotten lost. Thank goodness for the internet!

Rosy said...

Thanks for this post, they are a very valuable information.
Also, I have a question that maybe someone can answer me, when wearing gloves in a restaurant, Do they need to be removed to eat or is okay to eat with them in their hands?

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Rosy, I think you should remove your gloves before eating. You wouldn't want to stain the gloves, and eating with them on could be awkward and result in spills.

Gladys said...

Thank yo for this post. I own a beautiful pair of tatted gloves that I wore to a Christening. The kids made fun of me but I felt so "grown-up" and lady like. It's a shame the only time we wear them now is when it's cold or in the food line :)

Ashley Jewel T. said...

goodness, ive been carrying my gloves with the fingers facing OUT!
i wont be doing that anymore.
i love these little tutorials.

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Gloves made a short comeback a couple of seasons ago, and I did see some fashionistas wearing them in pretty colors to great effect.

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Ashley, I'm glad you're enjoying them!

deang said...

A friend of mine in her 80s says that some of the long "opera-length" gloves worn for formals had separate hand and arm pieces, and for eating they would remove the hand piece and push up the fabric at the wrist a bit. She was not a fashion person but she says she misses the feel of wearing gloves, that they made her feel clean by protecting her hands.

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Deang, I know what you're talking about, although there were not two separate pieces. The longer gloves had an opening at the inner wrist that closed with tiny buttons. Women could remove their hands from the lower portion of the glove through the opening and allow the hand portion of the glove to dangle. This way they didn't have to remove the entire glove from their arm. I watched "Coco Before Chanel" recently, and this technique was used by some of the women in one of the dinner scenes. Fascinating!

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