While there are gloves for just about any activity or occasion, the first application most of us think of is keeping warm. Gloves protect us from all kinds of dangers and inconveniences, while at the same time keeping us (and our hands) looking stylish. A good set of gloves will provide fit, comfort and protection—and look good while doing all three!
When winter weather hits, be prepared with a pair of gloves that will stand up to the elements. Look for winter gloves that have three layers: a waterproof outer shell, an insulating layer and moisture wicking inner liner.
Fashion gloves are a great way to accessorize a formal gown or dress—just be sure to remove you gloves when eating or engaging in other hand-intensive activities.
Wrap a tape measure around your palm, just below the knuckles. Use the measurement to judge your glove size: extra-small 6.0 inches or less, small 6 to 6.5 inches, medium 6.5 to 7.0 inches and large over 7.5 inches—add about one inch to find a man's size.
While gloves will allow you to be more dexterous in the cold, mittens will keep you warmer as your fingers get to share each other's warmth.
Specialty gloves are available for a number of activities including golf, gardening and sports. Look for specialty gloves that offer palm and finger tip protection, while allowing moisture to be wicked or vented away from your hands.
Gloves are available in a number of styles. While mittens keep your fingers toasty, fingerless gloves provide the ultimate in dexterity. Rugged winter gloves are up to any challenge, while fashion gloves are great for commuting and a night on the town.
Natural glove materials never go out of style. Leather works for both formal and casual gloves—look for lined gloves for extra warmth. Wool and suede are classics, while cashmere adds an extra touch of grace.
While men's gloves tend to be more functional—think driving and dress gloves—women's gloves are more fashion forward and whimsical. Don't forget the little ones: boy's and girls gloves need to be cool while being warm at the same time!
Waterproofing is a must for winter weather. Designer gloves can put an attractive spin on a functional accessory, while long gloves and cuffed sleeves can bring an old world charm to a new outfit.
Whether they're a fashion statement or a functional tool, the right pair of gloves should be comfortable and easy on the eyes and budget. Most of the time, you'll want gloves that keep your hands warm and dry, but sometimes you'll need a glove for a special occasion or activity. Deciding how you'll use your gloves is an important first step in finding the right pair.
To find your glove size, measure around your hand at the palm below the knuckles. Next, measure from the tip of your middle finger to the base of your hand. Use the larger of the two measurements to determine your glove size. Once you've determined your glove size, try on a few pairs, making sure to try both gloves and to flex your fingers and make a fist while wearing the gloves. If the glove has a cuff, make sure it is long enough to extend under the sleeve of your coat or jacket.
In general, you'll want gloves with at least two layers. Three for winter gloves. The outer shell defines the look and functionality of the glove. Interior lining provides comfort and wicks away moisture. Winter gloves should have a third insulating layer between the shell and lining.
When it comes to winter gloves, you usually have to choose between warmth (mittens) and dexterity (fingered gloves). But what if you had a third option? Convertible mittens feature covered fingers, but add a fold-over mitten top that allows your fingers to share their warmth. Keep the top on when you don't need you fingers and then peel it back when you're ready for finger-intensive activities!
There are many kinds of gloves designed for specific activities and applications. Here are a few to consider as you search for the perfect pair of gloves:
Driving: Providing flexibility and excellent grip are the twin goals of a good pair of driving gloves. Leather is the preferred material here, although synthetic materials can provide superior moisture wicking properties.
Work: In the garage or the backyard, a good pair of work gloves protects your hands while allowing you to get the job done right. Look for heavy-duty gloves with plenty of protection in the palm and finger tip areas.
Gardening: Digging in the dirt can be fun, but it doesn't have to ruin your hands. While cotton and leather gardening gloves can be inexpensive, they aren't your best bet when working in mud or with sharp thorns. Consider a synthetic glove with reinforced fingertips for the best protection.
Sports: Sports gloves tend to be thin and made of leather or synthetics. The best sports gloves will have velcro wrist fasteners to make sure the glove stays tight throughout your activity. Venting or moisture wicking capabilities will keep you comfortable and improve your grip and concentration.