Glove styles over the centuries always included short (wrist gloves), mid-length, and long buttoned gloves. There also were such as fingerless gloves and gauntlets.
Short or wrist gloves Short gloves were generally worn in daytime or when wearing long sleeves. From the 1500s they were usually made of cotton, silk, kid, or knitted. They were often embroidered in fine silk, or over-loaded with ornaments. For a period of time the cavaliers wore white gloves with broad black lace ruffles and heavy fringes or gloves of a pearl color trimmed with gold.
Long gloves In the 1700s women started to wear long gloves. Some gloves reached half-way up the forearm, and others ended on the upper arm or sometimes above the elbow. By the 1870s, twelve and fifteen button white kid, silk, or velvet gloves were worn with evening or dinner dress. From 1890-1902 very long suede gloves with as many as twenty buttons were in vogue. In the 1800s, wearing long suede buttoned gloves during the day and when having tea was considered chic and classy. Long tight-fitting buttoned gloves made of kid leather, silk or net remained fashionable till 1900s.
Fingerless gloves Fingerless gloves have actually long history, dating back to the early Romans and Greeks! The practical side of fingerless gloves was that they allowed a person to carry out tasks requiring finger dexterity, such as stitching and embroidery. Fingerless gloves were quite popular with the wealthy classes who liked to display the flashiness of their rings. Gloves were crafted out of fine leathers, silk, or velvet and came in different lengths and styles.
Gauntlets Gauntlets are gloves that have a short or a long and extended cuff that is usually flared. This style may have been borrowed from the Asiatic people. Gauntlets were the preferred gloves used by the medieval nobles and knights to protect their hands and forearms during battle and tournaments. By the mid-1500s, gauntlets became an important part of fashionable dress in Europe.