Guidelines for choosing Day Gloves
- Cotton or nylon shorties, from
bright polka dot prints for the races to embroidered or lace-trimmed fashions
for summer parties.
- Black kid for city sightseeing
and theater in metropolitan settings.
- String gloves for casual activities in the country or at the beach.
- For the winter you will need a
small collection of leather
gloves, which are great for shopping and
Fitted leather gloves are at their
most elegant when they are made of glacé kidskin and smartest when they are in
a neutral shade and a classic style.
quality leather gloves can be fairly expensive and they do need to be taken
good care of (see below) so that they maintain their freshness.
should fit well and since leather gloves are made in quarter sizes you should
be able to shop around for the perfect pair. Style wise, they should be devoid
of trimming and, of course, it is good day glove etiquette for them to be worn only
on the street and never indoors.
Opera Glove Etiquette
wearing an evening dress a pair of Black Opera Gloves are the most elegant.
correct opera glove etiquette for the length of glove is dependant on the length of
your sleeve – the shorter the sleeve, the longer the glove and therefore opera
gloves are properly worn with sleeveless or short-sleeved dresses/evening
and its various shades, including ivory, beige and taupe, are the traditional
colors for opera gloves and are appropriate for virtually any occasion on which
opera gloves are worn.
Opera Gloves should not be worn with light-colored dresses, but can be worn
with black, dark-colored or bright-colored clothing.
gloves of other colors should really only be worn only in coordination with the
colour scheme of the dress you are wearing.
gloves should not be put on in public but should be put on in the privacy of
your own home.
should always be removed when eating, even
if it is no more than a cocktail canapé. They
do not have to be removed when drinking but if there is a risk of spilling wine on them,
then it is fine to take them off.
should remove your gloves when you sit for dinner and put them back on afterwards.
should not be removed in order to shake hands and do not apologize for not doing so.
removing of the gloves in public should be done discreetly and not in the style
of a burlesque dancer.
- Don’t wear jewellery over
gloves, with the exception of bracelets.
- Don’t apply makeup with
- Don’t play cards with gloves
partially remove your opera gloves as follows: unbutton the mousquetaire wrist
opening and pull your hand out through the opening. The empty glove hand can
then be rolled up neatly to wrist level, either tucked under the wrist or under
your bracelet, if you are wearing bracelets.
Caring for your Opera Gloves
- Luke warm water with mild soap
flakes—swish gloves back and forth and rub fingertips gently.
gloves on hands and rinse in clean lukewarm water. Squeeze excess moisture
away; some soap will remain on purpose as a softening agent.
gloves and blow into each finger, restoring it to approximate shape. Now place
gloves flat on a towel away from radiator heat, shaping them as you would shape
a hand-washed sweater.
gloves are almost dry, work them — smoothing them on carefully — restoring them
to their original shape.
- Store gloves flat.
Just for Fun!
In Victorian era gloves were
used as flirtation codes, so if the moment presents itself:
- Twirling one's gloves around
her fingers - we are being watched.
- Holding the tips of the gloves
downward - I wish to be acquainted.
- Gently smoothing the gloves - I
wish I were with you; I would like to talk with you.
- Holding one's gloves loosely in
her right hand - be contented.
- Holding one's gloves loosely in
her left hand - I am satisfied.
- Striking one's gloves over her hands
- I am displeased.
- Tossing one's gloves up gently
- I am engaged.
- Tapping one's chin with her
gloves - I love another.
- Dropping one of her gloves - yes.
- Dropping both gloves - I love
- Turning the wrong side of one's
gloves outward - I hate you.
Other Dress Code Etiquette to learn on this site:
Cocktail Dress Code Etiquette
Funeral Dress Etiquette
Dress Code for an Interview
Black Tie Dress Code
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