There is something sexy about long satin opera gloves, and that is often the way that they make me feel when I am wearing them. They are one of those accessories that feel a bit suggestive, whether that is your intention when wearing them or not. This sort of suggestion has become synonymous with the wearing of long gloves and they have been used to excite, titillate and suggest in a variety of mainstream mediums, including film and fiction.
I suppose this is why glove etiquette suggests that Opera gloves should not be put on in public. They should be put on in the privacy of your own home and if they are removed in public, you should do so discreetly. Although I have worn them out when dressed in formal evening attire, most of my wearing is done in the privacy of my own home, for an audience of one, so thankfully I am following convention.
Other Glove Etiquette
A lady in waiting should remove her gloves in the presence of the Queen.
Slapping with a glove is an insult.
Paying homage can be done on a bent knee, with the offer of a glove.
Tossing a glove at the foot of the enemy is a challenge.
Gloves should never be worn when drinking, smoking, playing cards or putting on makeup.
Gloves should be worn rather than carried.
You should never wear rings over gloves, although a bracelet may be acceptable.
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.
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