Gloves on while dancing
Posted by marilyn penner on June 12, 1998 at 17:09:19:
In response to not entirely!, written by Emelye on May 29, 1998 at 13:37:05
] Perhaps wearing gloves while dancing was for propriety - perhaps male and female skin were not allowed to touch directly. Has anyone read an etiquette guide of the era that may answer it? I was told that a lady must wear long gloves with a short sleeved gown & short gloves with a long sleeved day dress.
] ] I wonder if it was just simply a fashion accessory to wear gloves - of course it could also be a necessity for the cold or for the horse-riders.
] I think there was another reason -- if you have ever done any ballroom dancing (as opposed to what people call "dancing" in this day and age), you 've probably noticed that one's hands can get a bit sweaty, especially if one is dancing in a warm room. Gloves provide the necessary friction that enables a gentleman to keep ahold of his partner's hand, particularly during a fast dance!
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