Evening glove

formal glove reaching above the elbow, worn with evening or ball gowns

Evening gloves are long gloves for women's formal wear.[1] These gloves are often worn with evening dress for debutante(ball gown[2]) and wedding dresses.[3] The longest of the evening gloves are called the "opera gloves". Opera gloves are very long gloves that go far beyond the elbow.

The appropriate length of the gloves is determined by the length of the sleeves of the dress. The shorter the sleeves of the dress, the longer the gloves should be. Ladies' gloves for formal(white tie) and semi-formal(black tie) wear come in three lengths for women: wrist, elbow, and opera. The opera reaches over the elbow, usually reaching to the biceps but sometimes to the full length of the arm.

The most formal fabric for evening gloves is kidskin[4] (young goats leather). The most expensive opera length gloves are custom-made of kidskin. Many other types of leather, most usually soft varieties of cowhide, are used in making full-length gloves; patent leather and suede are especially popular as alternatives to kidskin, and are often more affordable than kidskin. Satin and stretch satin materials are extremely popular, and there are mass-produced varieties as well. More unusual glove materials include leathers made from salmon, python, and stingray.[5]

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  1. "Britannica : Gloves". britannica.com. 2021-11-12.
  2. "Debutante Dress". encyclopedia.com. 2021-11-12.
  3. "How to Wear Wedding Gloves". wikihow.com. 2022-01-26.
  4. "Victorian gloves: etiquette for use". January 10, 2021.
  5. Snaije, Olivia (March 4, 2014). "Blood, sweat and silk on the long road to Paris Fashion Week". CNN. Retrieved 9 August 2019.