Gloves are a beautiful tradition and there is no
reason why you should not consider them in this day and age.
Unfortunately, classic opera gloves have nearly disappeared from the modern retailers
inventory, making only a scarce appearance during high school proms in
shiny stretch lycra.
Without the button opening on the
inside wrist known as the mousquetaire, these gloves are ungraceful to
remove during a wedding ceremony, as the lack of wrist opening necessitates
taking them off at the altar to accept your wedding ring.
make your guests suffer as you do a mock strip tease in front of the
pastor. Wear the real thing... kid leather or vintage knit.
Your best bet is to scout the vintage
clothing stores for the true opera glove with
mousquetaire that can allow your hand to come out through the wrist
opening, while still wearing the long glove over your forearm. Easily unbuttoned at the altar, the
mousquetaire opening allows you to keep the glove on your forearm while
you remove your hand to accept your wedding ring. The glove can
then be rolled up neatly
and tucked into the wrist like a hanky. Don't worry, this is
Check out the photo of
if you are uncertain of the practice.
Other options, such as Fingerless gloves, also called
"sleeves or gauntlets" are a 1950's style that still looks great when done
in the same fabric as the gown. Usually elbow length, with a vee
point over the hand, the gauntlet may be secured with an elastic loop that fits
around the middle finger or extends around the thumb. This style easily accommodates
a wedding ceremony without removing your accessories.