Daywear gloves were never black. Instead, colors like chamois yellow, off white, sand, pale yellow, biscuit, or shades of grey or even brown used to be the norm.
Peccary Gloves in Chamois Yellow Alpaca Lined & Handsewn by Fort Belvedere
Peccary Gloves in Gray Alpaca Lined & Handsewn by Fort Belvedere
Peccary Gloves in Chamois Yellow Unlined & Handsewn by Fort Belvedere
Morning Dress Shirt in Peach with white Contrast Collar, Chamois Yellow Vest & Gloves
It will look particularly dapper if you match the color of your gloves with your morning waistcoat. Otherwise, Chamois yellow and gray are the most common morning dress glove colors. In the summer, you can wear unlined gloves and in the winter lined gloves. For a quality selection of morning dress gloves, take a look here.
For gloves, fit is the most important consideration. They should be tight fit
ting, and this is achieved by forgoing the lining and adding a button closure. This way, the leather fits tightly around your wrist and does not interact with your jacket sleeves like a typical men’s glove would. Back in their heyday, you could find many varieties of kid skin gloves; kid (lamb) skin is still a great glove material, because it is soft and flexible.
Unlined, Handsewn Peccary Gloves with Button for Morning Dress
However, the most highly regarded modern glove leather nowadays comes from the peccary, a wild North and South American animal that is similar to a wild boar, but in fact comes from a different species. It is the only leather that has three distinct prongs (see pictures), and it is renowned not only for its buttery softness but also for its extreme durability. Of course, all this subtle softness and durability comes at a higher price. So, if you are on a budget, get the lamb nappa or suede gloves and opt for peccary only if you want the very best. But watch out, especially in Italy
Peccary Leather with the Characteristic 3 prongs. & Lamb Nappa
I have seen gloves advertised as peccary, that were in fact made of the less expensive, and less durable carpincho leather.
Boni de Castellane in Morning Coat with Gloves & Cane
Gloves can be either machine sewn or handsewn. Both are equally as acceptable with morningwear but ait takes much longer to produce a hand sewn gloves. This is particularly true for peccary gloves because that leather is so difficult to sew.
For the best look, you should always wear unlined gloves, because even a silk lining would just make it look less elegant. Luckily lamb leather is quite soft and peccary is simply the vicuna, when it comes to glove leather. Once you have felt the buttery soft leather, I am certain you will not miss your lining. In case you wear your formal morning dress outfit in colder weather, closely-fitting lined gloves are a fine choice as well.
In my experience, grey gloves are a wise investment because they can be worn with many regular outfits such as sportscoats and business suits, not just with a morning coat. Yet they are different than all the black and brown gloves you can find anywhere else without being flashy.