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Elsa’s gloves were mostly a placebo. We see her freezing the fjord through her shoes and her magic breaks out of the handcuffs, which are much sturdier than gloves. Elsa’s powers were less likely to go haywire when she wore the gloves because she thought the gloves would stop her powers. That took some of the stress away and made the magic less likely to break out (because it reacts to her emotions).