How to Rock Opera Length Bridal Gloves

Bridal gloves are back as the ultimate detail for those desiring a vintage or deco look for their wedding.  Period movies & TV shows featuring vintage, deco & 40’s styles have had a major influence on bridal gown design & accessory styles this season.

Below find classic silk opera length gloves worn with a Gatsby inspired Art Deco gown designed by Sonthai Gi, owner and head designer of Bridal Gown Studio.  A  large bauble worn over the gloves along with a statement bracelet elevates the glam factor to A+.

Classic diamond white silk opera length gloves complete the look of another deco inspired gown designed by Sonthai Gi.
Classic silk opera length gloves complete the look of a deco inspired gown designed by Sonthai Gi.

Wrist-length, elbow length & opera-length gloves for weddings, proms or debutante balls in classic silk, or white kid leather are a wonderful tradition and lend an air of sophistication to your bridal style.  However, you are certainly not limited to traditional gloves.  Lace gloves, champagne or black gloves add an eliminate of surprise but do not stray too far from tradition.  We love the look of black opera length gloves to complete a deco gown as shown below.

Black opera length gloves in duchess silk satin look fabulous with this deco gown designed by Sonthai Gi,  owner Bridal Gown Studio.
Black opera length gloves in duchess silk satin look fabulous with this deco gown designed by Sonthai Gi, owner Bridal Gown Studio.

With Winter weddings, Debutante Balls and Mardi Gras upon us, it’s the time of year that calls out for opera length gloves…and for us, many emails to Rachel Howard, inquiring on evening glove etiquette. Below please find your guide to to opera length glove etiquette:

1. Traditionally, opera gloves should not be put on in public, but should be donned in the privacy of one’s home before going out.

2. Your gloves should be kept on when shaking hands in a reception line or when dancing.

3. Gloves may also be worn while drinking, however, It is better to remove, or partially remove them, when possible (see #4 below).

4. You can partially remove your opera gloves by unbuttoning the mousquetaire wrist opening and pull your hand out through the opening, then tucking the finger section under the wrist or under your bracelet, if you are wearing bracelets – **bracelets should be worn over the gloves.

5. When you sit down to dinner, you should take off your gloves, and then put them back on when dinner is over.

For more tips and advise on wedding gloves and evening gloves, visit our tips and advise section on color, selecting the best style for your gown and more.