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If you opt for any of the last three styles, keep in mind that you'll need to expose your ring finger at some point during the ceremony. You have two options: You can make a slit along the seam of the glove's ring finger, then slide your finger out, tucking the loose material inside the palm so it's not left dangling. Or you can remove your gloves altogether and hand them to your maid of honor. Practice this tactic beforehand though, so you won't look like you're performing a strip tease!

Accessories: Wedding Glove Glossary

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

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.

-- Hollee Actman Becker

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