Beyond the white glove test
Today, gloves mean so much more than simply protection against the elements and are now at the forefront of fashion and etiquette.
Etiquette and gloves
We all have heard of the famous white glove test for cleanliness, and in historical times gloves made their own unique statement.
A lady in waiting had to remove her gloves in the presence of the Queen and those lower in position would need to remove their gloves for her.
Slapping with a glove was an insult, paying homage was done on a bent knee with the offer of a glove and tossing at glove at the foot of the enemy was a challenge.
Today there is still glove etiquette to keep in mind.
If you like to keep it still very formal follow this:
Gloves should never be worn when drinking, smoking, playing cards or putting on makeup.
Gloves should be worn rather than carried and you should never wear rings over gloves.
Short gloves should not be worn to a “white tie” event, court presentation or gala ball.
Since gloves are more a fashion attribute in European modern times, just keep Ines' etiquette in mind:
"Always wear gloves":
When shaking hands in a reception or when dancing.
While drinking and smoking.
When you sit down to dinner.
If you remove your opera gloves, you should take them off in a seductive and elegant way.
Perfect places to wear gloves include shopping, driving, visiting, garden parties, formal indoor occasions, a receiving line and dancing at formal parties.
At informal affairs, gloves should be removed upon arrival and left with the coats.
Formal events require gloves that are at least past elbow length.
For a wedding, the traditional glove color is white and gloves should remain on during the receiving line.
Unless it is an informal summer wedding, long gloves are a signature accessory for brides.
The Personality of gloves
Different types of gloves inspire their own personality.
Enchanted evenings are characterized by long opera gloves while garden parties bring to mind shorter gloves.
In the cold weather, cashmere-lined leather gloves offer a fashionable feeling of comfort and warmth.
During travel, washable Peccaryskin and simple black kid gloves look great with any outfit.
Certain sports are characterized by their own types of gloves.
For example, riding gloves are make of plain chamois or brown leather while golf gloves are a half-glove with exposed fingertips made from fine capeskin.
Every little girl should have her first pair of gloves to celebrate special occasions and her interest in gloves is certain to extend into the teen years and beyond.
Giving her gloves as gifts every year will encourage her to appreciate the elegance of this accessory.
As occasions and holidays pass, your glove collection will become more exciting and eclectic.
Collect gloves for formal wear, sports and the weather so you always look fashionably finished when you get dressed.
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