Opera length gloves are the longest of formal gloves. Ladies opera gloves can range anywhere from 16 and 22 inches, while some can be as long as 30 inches. Long evening gloves are considered an opera length glove if it reaches to the mid-biceps or higher on the wearer's arm. Keep in mind a glove would reach different points on the arm depending on a woman's height and build.
The best known type of opera glove is the mousquetaire glove which features a buttoned mousquetaire opening at the inner wrist. The purpose of this opening is so the wearer can open the buttons and slip her hand out without taking off the whole glove.
Ladies opera gloves continue to be popular accessories for bridal, prom, debutante, and quinceañera gowns and at very formal ballroom dances. To this day, for example, it is mandatory for female participants at the Vienna Opera Ball to wear white opera length gloves.
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