Let us set the scene. It was New Year’s Eve. We were celebrating by donning our most stylish outfits and sipping champagne with our S.O. Your friends. Then, we spotted her. A woman in a dazzlingly stylish outfit, wearing…opera gloves? Indeed. The ultra-glam accessory seems to be a major trend right now. Opera gloves have a long history dating back to ancient Egypt. We are thrilled that they are returning to the limelight. This article will tell you everything about this trend, including where to purchase your own pair.
WHEN DID OPERA GLOVES GO INTO STYLE?
In the time of the Egyptian pharaohs gloves had a significant socio-economic significance. It was easy to conclude that a person entombed in lavish gloves was wealthy and played a significant role within society.
Later, women with high social standings wore evening gloves every day as an act of modesty and proper etiquette. The role of the glove changed with the times. Women of high rank wore gloves to protect themselves from diseases that could easily infect the lower and middle classes, or to keep their hands soft so that they were not performing hard labor. The gloves were first worn by actresses such as Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn in the middle of the 20th century.
WHICH OPERA GLOVES CAN YOU WEAR TODAY?
Opera gloves are continuing their evolution. They saw a revival in 2020. Opera gloves were seen on A-list celebrities and models, as well as prominent musicians and actors, on red carpets and in music videos. Think Ariana Grande in her stunning Grammy’s Cinderella gown, Olivia Rodrigo in “good 4 U” music video, Lizzo at the Grammy’s afterparty, and Instagram influencers Matilda Djerf and Nitsan Raiter.
Modern gloves are not reserved for the wealthy, as in the past gloves were only for the elite. Opera gloves will be around for a long time, regardless of whether you use them to keep warm in the winter or to add femininity to an outfit. We support whatever your motivation, no matter what it may be.
We’re sure you know the history of opera gloves. So, let’s make it easy for you to find 11 of our favorite opera glove shops so that you can be the belle at your next event (even if it is just dinner).
1. FREE PEOPLE TEA TIM PRINTED LACE GOVES
These shorter gloves will make you feel like Emily in Paris. You can also pretend that you are walking along the Seine late at night with un café au lait and croissant.
Price – $48
2. SLEEPER ZEPHYR RUFFLE GLOVES WHITE
These gloves feature gorgeous ruffle detailing at their wrists. They are a modern take on the classic accessory worn by stars such as Grace Kelly, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis. These gloves would look great with a simple slip dress.
Price – $180
3. FREE PEOPLE TULLE OMBRE GLOVES
No problem, no fingers. Ombre is in vogue, with ombre hair colors and ombre lips. For a touch of edge, try this look on your forearms. For the ultimate grunge-inspired look, add a leather jacket to your shoulders.
Price – $150
4. CULT-GIA MELANGE SUITING GLOVES
These Ecru gloves are subtle and elegant, but they have a sophisticated texture. To really lengthen your fingers, paint your nails with a delicate nude colour.
Price – $128
5. FREE PEOPLE COUCOU LOLA DOT GLOVES
Are you looking for something bold and vibrant? A red, sheer, and fingerless glove is the best choice. You can wear them all day without needing to take them off for text messages.
Price – $110
6. FREE PEOPLE DAYDREAM VELVET GLOVES
These soft, velvety opera gloves are the perfect addition for your winter ensemble on colder days.
Price – $68
7. SHUSHU/TONG SENSE BLACK BOW GLOVES
These elegant black padded nylon taffeta gloves have bow detailing at the cuffs for a romantic winter date.
Price – $156
8. FRERE PEOPLE LONGINGLY USE GLOVES
These vintage-inspired gloves can be elevated to the next level. Add a few rings to the gloves and you’ll be thankful later.
Price – $58
9. ASOS DESIGN LONG LACE GLOVES
They are the new LBDs. These semi-sheer floral lace gloves are perfect for elevating any look, whether it’s your favorite mini dress or your best GNO outfit.
Price – $15
10. MISCREANTS LONDON VELVET OPERA GLOVES WITH IVORY TRAIN PUFFS
You are correct. Those giant poufs attach the long white trains to the gloves. These babies will turn heads, no matter if you have a flair for dramatic dressing or a tendency to overdress.
Price – $209
11. MISCREANTS LONDON BLACK VELVET GLOVES WITH GREEN BOW
These black velvet gloves with satin green bows are dramatic and add a sense of drama to any night out.
Price – $165