From veils and hair accessories to jewelry and belts, there are many ways to personalize your bridal look on your wedding day. It always starts with the gown, whether it’s a fairy-tale ball gown, figure-flattering mermaid silhouette, bohemian slip, or daring illusion style dress. Unconventional brides may feel inclined to wear a colored wedding dress (like Mandy Moore recently wed in!) or a silhouette with romantic bows for a distinctive wedding-day look. But for vintage, fashion-forward, or edgy brides, gloves are an accessory that guarantees a standout bridal moment.
Bridal gloves are certainly an old-school and formal tradition—your grandmother possibly wore a pair in her wedding photos way back when—though they’re undeniably glamorous. Think about it: When is the last time you put a pair on for an evening event? They make for a totally nostalgic and opulent look! And what could be better for standing out on your wedding day?
Royals and style icons have famously donned bridal gloves. Audrey Hepburn wore them when she married actor and director/producer Mel Ferrer in 1954. (Her 1957 Funny Face character, Jo Stockton, famously wore a pair of wrist gloves to accompany the high neckline Givenchy wedding gown, too!) Also in gloves: Carolyn Bessette when she married John F. Kennedy Jr. in 1996, Princess Beatrix of The Netherlands when she married Claus Von Amsberg in 1966, and Princess Masako of Japan for her First Audience Ceremony at the Imperial Palace when wedding Prince Naruhito in 1993. For vintage-inspired brides, gloves are a perfect accent to any style of wedding dress from delicately embroidered and crochet styles to elegant opera-length gloves in silk to pearl-adorned versions in wrist, elbow, or full length.
For a modern take on bridal gloves, long, full-length styles deliver drama to a fashion-forward or strapless wedding dress, while black gloves (like Vera Wang showed en masse for her 2014 spring/summer bridal collection) deliver on edge for the daring bride. Even if you don’t wear gloves for your wedding ceremony, they make for a photogenic accessory when posing for all of your wedding photos. Plus, gloves are a clever tactic for staying warm if you’re shooting your photos outside in the winter.
If you think bridal gloves are for you, ahead, shop our edit from vintage styles found on Etsy to sheer, satin, and embellished styles from bridal brands. Bring on the glamour!