In any and every historical times gloves made their own unique statement.
We all have heard of the famous white glove test for cleanliness;
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 a glove at the foot of the enemy was a challenge.
Formal glove etiquette
Today there is still a glove etiquette to keep in mind.
Ines has her own idea of glove etiquette as you can read below, but in case you would like to follow classic indication, here's some:
- Gloves should never be worn when drinking, smoking, playing cards or putting on make-up.
- Gloves should be worn rather than carried.
- Never wear rings over gloves.
- Short gloves are appropriate and elegant for cocktail parties.
- At informal occasions gloves should be removed upon arrival and left with the coats at the cloakroom.
- Short gloves should not be worn to a “white-tie” event, court presentation or gala ball.
- Formal events require gloves that are at least past elbow length.
- The traditional bridal glove is white and the length is 25.6" (65cm.).
- Gloves should remain on during greetings.
- Unless it is an informal summer wedding, long gloves are a signature accessory for brides.
- The mother of the bride should never wear white long gloves.
When to wear gloves
Perfect occasions to wear gloves include:
- Public transport
- Garden parties
- Formal indoor events
- Dancing at (formal)parties
- As a bride
INES' GLOVE ETIQUETTE WITH A MODERN TWIST
Times are changing, wearing gloves has become more of a fashion attribute in European modern times.
Elegance is timeless and next to quality of the leather and its craft the essence lies in the personality, style and flair of every individual.
Thats why Ines always says:
- "Whatever the occasion, always, always wear gloves".
- When shaking hands at a reception.
- On the dance floor.
- While drinking and smoking.
- In the bedroom.
- When you sit down to dine, if you remove your opera gloves then you should take them off in a seductive and elegant way.
- Think about colors, combinations and contrast.
- Black long leather gloves can look amazing combined with a white wedding gown.
- Long gloves can be worn crunched down following the natural movement of leather, be creative.
- If you feel like it, wear gloves.
The personality of gloves
Different types of gloves inspire their own personality.
Enchanted evenings are characterised 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 Peccary leather and simple short black kid gloves look great with any outfit.
Certain sports are characterised by their own types of gloves.
For example riding gloves are made of plain chamois or brown leather while golf gloves are a half-glove with exposed fingertips made from fine capeskin.
Collect gloves for formal wear, sports and different weather conditions so you always look fashionably finished when you get dressed.
As occasions and holidays pass, your glove collection will become more exciting and eclectic.
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