Trending cocktail and opera gloves to buy for levelled-up eveningwear

Gloves aren’t just for chilly days – they can elevate your next party look (Pictures: Credited below)

When you think of gloves, you’re probably leaning towards wooly and warm or sterile and surgical – but they’re so much more than that.

Most of what’s considered fashionable at the moment are essentially reworked pieces from the past, with some vintage-inspired trends (’70s revival, for example) wowing and others (Y2K visible thongs, please don’t make us relive that era) falling flat.

With formalwear on the agenda for the festive season, one of these retro staples has emerged; gloves for evening looks.

Cocktail gloves, opera gloves, evening gloves. Whatever you want to call them, they’re all over our Instagram feeds, and on celebs like Lady Gaga (at the House of Gucci premiere no less), Rihanna, Margot Robbie, and Lizzo.

The high street has followed suit, and there are plenty of options on the UK high street. We’ve rounded up our favourite ‘out out’ gloves, so you can serve up Hollywood glamour at your next function.

Juicy Couture x Asos Velour Gloves

These are outrageous but iconic, in a Paris Hilton kind of way (Picture: Asos)

Buy for £60 at Asos.

Amblyodipsas Mesh Opera Gloves

Match your gloves to your partywear for maximum impact (Picture: Aime)

Buy for £60 from Aime.

Dries Van Noten Jersey Gloves

Bold accessories like this work well with more muted clothing, making a simple black dress pop (Picture: Net A Porter)

Buy for £180 at Net A Porter.

Vivien of Holloway Long Gloves

For vintage-inspired glamour, head to Vivien of Holloway (Picture: Vivien of Holloway)

Buy for £8 from Vivien of Holloway

Aym Studio Opera Gloves

The delicate fabric used for these handmade gloves defines and flatters your hands (Picture: Aym Studio)

Buy for £25 from Aym Studio.

Tea Time Printed Lace Gloves

Not ready for Opera length? Choose a shorter pair in a lightweight fabric to jazz up nighttime dressing (Picture: Free People)

Buy for £40 from Free People.

Blue Chiffon Textured Gloves

Bonus points for thin chiffon gloves, as you can still use your phone with them on (Picture: PLT)

Buy for £9 at PrettyLittleThing.

Black Polka Dot Mesh Gloves

Another shorter option, these polka dot numbers are a nod to the 1980s looks currently making their way back into the mainstream (Picture: River Island)

Buy for £12 from River Island.

Satin Evening Gloves with Feather Cuffs

Channelling Aretha, Celine, Mariah – and pretty much every diva (Picture: Dents)

Buy for £55 from Dents.

Y2K Print Long Length Gloves

These Fifth Element-style gloves have futuristic tech too – removable thumbs for easy scrolling (Picture: Jaded London)

Buy for £18 from Jaded London.

Monosuit Gloves Neon

Admittedly they’re a splurge, made more tempting by the quality Italian fabric that’s so fine you can see your manicure through it (Picture: Wolf and Badger)

Buy for £168 from Wolf and Badger.

Lush Love Fishnet Gloves

Fishnet puts these on the right side of trashy, while the gems make sure you’re still a little bit classy (Picture: Dolls Kill)

Buy for £13 from Dolls Kill.

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