Gloves used to be an essential for brides. Then they seemed to just disappear from the scene. As fashion has always been cyclic, everything old becomes new again. And, so it is with gloves. Although they have not returned to their previous stature as an essential, they are definitely a fashion statement.
Gloves are available in a myriad of styles, lengths, fabrics, colours, and embellishments. The one thing that everyone seems to agree upon is that the colour of your gloves should match the colour of your wedding gown. Silk, kidskin, velvet, lace, cotton, and spandex are just some of choices that you will have. Choosing the right length can be complicated and will depend on the style of your gown and the length of your arms. Generally, the longer the glove, the more formal they are. If you can’t find exactly the length that you are looking for, most gloves can be altered, so don’t worry about it. If your bridesmaids will be wearing gloves, they should be the same length as yours or shorter – never longer.
There are many different lengths of wedding gloves available. Here are a few of the most popular:
- Wrist length: often made of lace or cotton and embellished with pearls
- 2 – button or 2 inches above the wrist bone: a very good choice with a short sleeved gown
- 8 – button or 8 inches above the wrist bone: comes just below the elbow and is a great length for strapless gowns
- Opera length: the longest gloves and the most elegant
During the ceremony you will need to remove your gloves. Hand them over to the maid of honour with your bouquet. Don’t forget to put them back on afterwards. They will add an air of sophistication in your photos.