Is anyone else glad the week is almost over!?! Where did the winter go? I usually hibernate most of winter and now, the plans just continue. A friend of mine is
whoring sending me out to be squired Saturday. He said he thinks his friend and I would be good company, but I think he is trying to play match maker, but I digress. So yours truly is going to his first opera on what you would call a blind date....oh dear...I'm bound to make a spectacle one way or another.... So were off to see the opera of Francesca di Rimini at the Met, where he is a patron.
So this got me to thinking I need the perfect opera gloves... and must remember myself with the way of opera glove etiquette and proper manners for wearing opera gloves.
**Traditionally, opera gloves should not be put on in public, but should be donned in the privacy of one's home before going out, or of course, conducting a white glove test.
**Your gloves should be kept on when shaking hands. Or grabbing a arse.
**Gloves may also be worn while
guzzling sipping gin champagne, though care must
be exercised not to spill liquids on them, especially when the gloves are made
of kidskin or some other delicate leather. It is better to remove, or partially
remove them, when practicable.
**When you sit down to dinner, you should take off your gloves, and put them back on when dinner is over.
**If you remove your opera gloves, you should not take them off in a way that calls undue or seductive attention to the process (unless, of course, you are attempting to seduce the viewer!, not that I WOULD EVER!)
**You can partially remove your opera gloves in this fashion: unbutton the mousquetaire wrist opening and pull your hand out through the opening. The empty glove hand can then be rolled up neatly to wrist level, either tucked under the wrist or under your bracelet, if you are wearing bracelets.
**Six-button gloves, also known as three-quarter length or coat-length gloves, may properly be worn with just about any length of sleeve. With longer sleeves, the arm pieces are generally tucked under the sleeves.
**White and its various shades, including ivory, beige and taupe, are the traditional colors for opera gloves and are appropriate for virtually any occasion on which opera gloves are worn. Well I guess my red ones are out..
As you might imagine, it's just not proper for a mistress just to walk up to a gentleman and tell him that she'd like to get to know him better, like I usually do! "Flirtation codes" were developed using a wide variety of objects. The "fan code" is the best-known, but gloves are also used as flirtation signals. Here are some of the better-known glove signals:
**Twirling one's gloves around her fingers - We are being watched
**Holding the tips of the gloves downward - I wish to be acquainted
**Gently smoothing the gloves - I wish I were with you; I would like to talk with you, or a give a good hand job.
**Holding one's gloves loosely in her right hand - Be contented
**Holding one's gloves loosely in her left hand - I am satisfied
**Striking one's gloves over her hands - I am displeased . Like that would ever happen.
**Tossing one's gloves up gently - I am engaged.
**Dropping one of her gloves - Yes. I'll be using that one alot.
Should be an interesting early afternoon. Now I just have to decide swank swept retro downfall, or chic up swept bouffant? And if I do find him very attractive, God help us. Someone is bound to find one of my opera gloves on the doorknob of one of the viewing box doors!!!! So the culture weekends just keep contining around here. I just hope I don't get nervous and spray my cock-a-tail all over some regal opera matriarch!!!!