Our ancestors in Europe and America were compelled to wear gloves when they left their house; it was considered the height of impropriety to show naked hands to the public. Short white gloves were de rigueur in the spring and summer, while long ones that went past the elbow were worn at balls or to the opera. Nowadays we are not compelled to wear white gloves, yet no one can deny that they look charming and do protect the hands from the elements. For a cute, girly look, try a pair of lace ones to a summer wedding. For an elegant look to wear at a party or ball, elbow-length ones are a must. Look on Tumblr for ideas.