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Although Emily Post advises that if a man can afford, his evening gloves should be white, the Indispensable Guide to Classic Men's Clothing and the Amy Vanderbilt Complete Book of Etiquette advise that gloves should be gray and of leather or suede. So I followed the latter suggestion, also seeing that gray would be more versatile, as befitting morning dress. However, understanding that I should wear them, I am not sure how to wear them. All I find are rules for ladies, and I was wondering whether anyone on here knows the rules governing gentlemen's usage of formal gloves, which I understand are quite different from the restrictions applying to ladies' gloves. From photographs and the like, it appears that men only wear them outdoors, and take them off as soon as entering a building, as in most pictures I see of men wearing gloves, they are carrying them. Is that true? Thank you.
 

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https://www.blacktieguide.com/White_Tie/White_Tie_Defined.htm

If you scroll to the bottom of this page, it is suggested that one's outdoor gloves be leather, while indoor gloves be of a certain style (kid). Somewhere else I heard leather is for outdoors and cotton is for indoors (or warm weather outdoors). In essence, one must bring two pairs of gloves to an event, and I would assume the changing of the gloves occurs while service is taking your overcoat/outdoor gloves. Seems kind of silly now, but I'm sure it worked at some point in history. Anyway, my two cents.
 

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I have not heard of wearing grey evening gloves, and wouldn't really consider them acceptable. Mine are always white, and kid; while I have a selection of cotton gloves, I only ever wear them on unusual occasions: they're decent for dance practices, for example.

Cotton gloves simply don't look as nice, don't wear as well, and don't have as pleasant a feel, which is especially important for dancing: quite a few ladies have commented on the feel of my gloves, despite their wearing gloves as well. It's worth noting, however, that cotton gloves can often look better in photographs with unfortunate flashes.

I do wear two pairs of gloves for evening-wear: white gloves simply look horrid outside with an overcoat, and don't serve their intended purpose. I usually keep my white gloves in my evening coat, and do put them on upon removing my overcoat.

I don't know about outdoor/indoor distinctions, however. My view is that the distinction is instead one of travelling and arrival: the evening gloves are only worn at one's destination. They're also not worn when one is eating or drinking anything, so it's very frequent that men won't usually be wearing them while indoors and not dancing. At the opera or theatre, on the other hand, I leave mine on.
 

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I have only leather and those are for outdoor use only. I haven't seen any men wearing gloves indoors, although I am open to the concept.
I have a pair of dove-grey leather gloves for outdoor wear, which get quite a few compliments based on the presumption that these are in fact the most formal and elegant color available.

Should I have the occasion to attend a white-tie function, I will definitely get a pair of white kid gloves. But as my days as a potential escort to a debutante ball are over, and my days as a doting parent have not yet begun, I don't see this occurring any time soon.
 
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