Wedding Glove Glossary

Want to wear gloves to your wedding but don't know where to start? Let us give you a -- ahem -- hand.
by Hollee Actman Becker

What could be more sophisticated than finishing off your wedding gown with a long pair of white gloves, just like the ones worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's? While kid leather styles are considered the dressiest, satin spandex, crushed velvet, and sheer organza can also look ultra elegant. Don't know the difference between an opera style and an elbow? Read on...

Fingerless Glove

The fingerless glove -- worn either short or long -- is great for the all-important exchange of rings.

Gauntlet Glove

A long glove with a complete lack of hand covering, the gauntlet looks more like a sleeve that travels from elbow to wrist.

Short Glove

Most appropriate for informal or semi-formal events, the short glove hemline ends within two inches of the wrist (about nine inches long). This style looks great with long-sleeved gowns, and is commonly referred to as a "one-button glove." Two- and four-button styles end between the wrist and the elbow.

Elbow Glove

A glove that ends just above or below the elbow, this style can feature six, eight, or ten buttons, depending on the length of your arm.

Opera Glove

The most formal of all gloves, the opera-length style features 16 buttons, extends to the upper part of the bicep, and looks wonderful with sleeveless and strapless gowns.

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