It's hard to imagine there was a day, not too long ago, when ladies didn't leave their house without matching shoes, handbag, belt, hat and gloves. Today, gloves are relegated to the garden, the softball field, or cold temperatures.
Although I appreciate casual and comfortable clothes for every day wear, part of me wishes I could leave the house in hat and gloves and not be stared at like an alien from outer space!!!
While enjoying re-reading my vintage etiquette books, I ran across the proper etiquette for ladies' gloves.
Do wear gloves when you go shopping, visiting, driving; and for outdoor festivities such as garden parties and receptions.
Do wear gloves as a mark of respect in a place of worship.
Do wear gloves for formal indoor occasions: receptions, balls, and on arrival at a luncheon or dinner party.
Do keep gloves on in a receiving line.
Do keep gloves on while dancing at a formal party.
Do keep gloves on at a cocktail party until the drinks and hors d’oeurves are passed. Then turn gloves back at the wrist or remove one glove.
Do remove gloves entirely at the dining table.
Do remove gloves after your arrival at an informal party or luncheon, leaving them with your coat
Don’t play cards with gloves on
Don’t apply makeup with gloves on.
Don’t wear jewelry over gloves, with the exception of bracelets.
Don’t make a habit of carrying your gloves—they should be considered an integral part of your costume.
Don’t wear short gloves to a very gala ball, court presentation or “White Tie” affair at the White House or in honor of a celebrity.
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