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While bridal gloves might be thought of as an accessory only reserved for more formal celebrations, they also make for a totally nostalgic and opulent wedding-day look. And who are we to argue with an accessory beloved by the royals and worn by the impossibly chic Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy on her wedding day?
For vintage-inspired brides, wedding gloves are a perfect accent to any style of dress. From delicately embroidered and crocheted pairs to elegant opera-length gloves in silk, there's no shortage of options to choose from. For a more modern take on bridal gloves, long, full-length styles complete with oversized ruffles or edgy embroidery deliver drama to a fashion-forward or minimalist slip dress. While gloves are traditionally worn during the ceremony—from walking down the aisle to the exchanging of vows—trust us, this is one accessory you won't want to skimp on.
From veils to hair accessories to footwear, there are many ways to personalize your wedding day look. But if you're going for an unexpected finishing touch, consider one of these pairs of bridal gloves.
Read on for the best bridal gloves for every style and budget.
Most Delicate: WickeDealStore Sexy and Elegant Sheer Gloves
Colors: Black, White | Size: OS | Materials: Polka-Dot Tulle
These pearlescent gloves (also available in a fingerless style) are here to make your happily ever after a reality. They're handcrafted from a stunning sheer tulle material that's at once stunning and sweet.
Best Affordable Luxury: David's Bridal Satin Opera Length Gloves
Colors: Blush, Blue, White, Ivory, Black | Size: OS | Materials: Satin
Nothing says Old Hollywood glamour quite like a regal pair of opera-length gloves. If you're throwing a black-tie bash, scoop up a pair of these pearl-strewn Carolina Amato beauties for the perfect finishing touch.
For the Bold Bride: Cutopitumont Golden Star Gloves
Colors: White/Gold | Size: OS | Materials: Tulle
Whether you're getting hitched in Vegas or are just looking to add an alternative touch, look no further than these conversation-starting Frida Kahlo-embroidered gloves. Swap out your gown for a bridal jumpsuit and blazer co-ord to really put these stunners on display.
Best Bow: Cutopitumont Satin Bow Bridal Gloves
Colors: White | Size: OS | Materials: Satin
Channel a romantic bridal look with these ivory tulle bridal gloves front and center. A lovely bowknot detail is accompanied by shimmery floral embellishments for an impactful finish.
For the Timeless Bride: David's Bridal Lea Matte Satin Wrist-Length Gloves
Colors: White, Black | Size: OS | Materials: Matte Satin
No need to worry about looking back at your wedding photos and saying "what was I thinking?" because these matte satin wrist-length gloves are as classic and timeless as it gets. Since these gloves are such a crisp white, be careful and keep them away from your makeup to avoid any unwanted stains.
Most Versatile: Cornelia James Lucrezia Tulle Glove With Mousquetaire
Colors: Black, Ivory, White | Size: 6 - 8.5 | Materials: Tulle
Sheer, gauzy, and light, these handmade gloves have an air of elegant mystery to them. Crafted from tulle that is nude, rather than stark white, these gloves will complement your skin tone and warm up your look.
Best Lace: Cornelia James Serena Lace Mitten
Colors: Black, Ivory | Size: 6 - 8.5 | Materials: Lace
Wrist-length lace gloves are the perfect accompaniment to a classic and clean ballgown. If you're going totally retro for your wedding, pair them with a tea-length dress for ultimate vintage vibes.
For the Fanciful Bride: Cornelia James Calypso Duchess Satin Glove
Colors: Pearl, Black, Ivory | Size: 6 - 8.5 | Materials: Duchess Satin
The harlequin cuffs on these wrist-length gloves are all you need to elevate a simple and understated wedding dress. To make the cuffs stand out, pair them alongside a figure-hugging gown for a drama-inducing look.
For the Glamorous Bride: Cornelia James Hermione Duchess Satin Gloves
Colors: Black, Pearl, Midnight Blue, Smokey Rose, Ivory, Silver Mist, Champagne, White | Size: 6 - 8.5 | Materials: Duchess Satin
Opera-length gloves are crowned 'opera' gloves quite simply because they're the epitome of glamour and opulence. Pair these Cornelia James duchess satin gloves with a structured ballgown or a classic slip dress à la Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy for an enchanting evening.
For the Contemporary Bride: Sleeper Zephyr Ruffle Gloves
Colors: White | Size: OS | Materials: Polyester
If you had any qualms that it's not cool to wear gloves on your wedding day, then it's time to put that notion to rest. These frilly beauties not only bring the pomp and circumstance, but you'll be able to wear them beyond your big day.
For a Black-Tie Wedding: Cornelia James Ariadne Duchess Satin Gloves
Colors: Ivory, Black | Size: 6 - 8.5 | Materials: Duchess Satin and Feathers
This panache-packed pair will add flair to any bridal look. Trimmed with ostrich feathers, these luxe above-the-elbow gloves were made to match a simple, sleek slip dress, a sleeveless Roaring '20s-inspired dress, or even a strapless gown with a mermaid silhouette.
Most Dramatic: Cornelia James Jessica Fine Net Glove
Colors: Black, Ivory, White | Size: 6 - 8.5 | Materials: Tulle
If you're all about clean lines for your wedding dress but prefer a dash of whimsy when it comes to your accessories, opt for gloves with playful details. Go big or go home with this opera-length pair featuring nine exquisite bows.
What to Look for in Bridal Gloves
Bridal gloves make for a chic finishing touch to any wedding day look. What's more, bridal gloves come in scores of different lengths, fabrics, and colors to complement all bridal styles and wedding outfits. For brides with traditional tastes, opera-length gloves in lustrous satin are an utterly sophisticated choice for formal weddings. Saying "I do" at city hall? We love the look of wrist-length gloves in tulle or faux leather paired with a chic bridal suit or retro-inspired mini dress. And for the bride who's looking to add a bit of vintage flair to their look, opt for bridal gloves crafted from swiss dot fabric, or styles adorned with vintage-inspired lace and a row of buttons.
What are the different glove lengths?
The length of a glove is measured in inches or buttons from the base of the thumb to the top of the glove. The most common glove lengths are elbow, opera, classic, and shortie (wrist-length).
What gloves work best with a sleeveless gown?
While it all comes down to personal style when it comes to accessorizing your wedding day look, if you're planning on wearing a sleeves wedding dress, we recommend opting for elbow or opera-length gloves. Longer-length gloves make for a bold choice when paired with sleeveless or strapless silhouettes.
Do my bridal gloves have to match the color of my gown?
This depends on your bridal style. While some brides may want their gloves to match the color of their gown perfectly, others may go for gloves in pastels or jewel tones–it's entirely up to you! However, keep in mind that bridal gloves are meant to enhance your gown, not detract from it.
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