Elbow-length gloves: The accessory that could become your next everyday essential

Elbow-length gloves: The accessory that could become your next everyday essential

Pairs of perfection

Text: Debby Kwong

Editor: Amelia Chia

Not just for a night at the opera

The last time we remember seeing elbow-length gloves at the movies? When Julia Roberts wore white gloves with that elegant off-shoulder red dress when she goes to see La Traviata in Pretty Woman, and Richard Gere surprises her with a ruby necklace. If that's always been part of your dream ensemble — and perhaps that Rihanna or Cardi B effect had a part to play — the stars are in your favour as dramatic long gloves are back on the runways at Hermès, Prada, Loewe and Calvin Klein. Balenciaga even took it a step further with sleeves that ended in futuristic gloved fingers.

No longer restricted to high-end or fancy events that call for a gown (remember Cinderella and her white gloves for her night out at the ball?), elbow-length gloves are a quick and easy way to add elegance and glamour to any outfit. For daily manoeuvring, it might be a tad challenging to don crystal encrusted ones like the Moschino pair Cardi B wore at the Met Gala. However, there's no reason why you shouldn't take a style tip from Rihanna at the Grammy's by ensuring your leather gloves match the colour of your coat.

If we could humbly add, avoid satin gloves; we doubt Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is the look anyone is trying to go for. Instead, for a modern take on this glove style which dates back to the 17th century, opt for materials like latex, patent leather or exotic skin, paired with a strapless or sleeveless dress. Cue Bella Hadid when she launched her collaboration with Chrome Hearts.

And whoever said gloves are impractical as it stops you from using your phone? Karl Lagerfeld had the answer at Chanel with fingerless elbow-length gloves. No wonder he's a modern-day genius.

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