|Fashionable and practical, women’s gloves
have come a long way from the Victorian age
when they were a mandatory clothing accessory.
Today’s gloves come in a dizzying array of
materials, styles, and uses.
When buying women's gloves, here
Lastly, fashion gloves are becoming
common one again. With many colors
you can choose between glamour,
fun, or sexy.
Some gloves even come with openings
nails and rings.
- Begin by deciding on gloves or mittens, with
mittens having a single area for all of the
fingers. Mittens are generally thought of
as children's wear, but for some people with
poor hand circulation, they can be warmer
than fingered gloves.
- Gloves come in a varying degrees of warmth,
as determined by the outer shell material,
the insulation, and the lining. Leather,
wool, fabrics, fabric blends, and manmade
materials are the most common materials.
Cold weather linings come in fur, cashmere,
wool, or fabric blends and choice is mostly
personal taste. For really cold weather,
look for insulation material (such as down
or Thinsulate) between the shell and the
lining. The best gloves promote "breathing"
so that the moisture from your hand is wicked
away and does not leave the glove feeling
- Many brands come as "one size fits most"
but others vary in size. A good fitting glove
should be form fitting for best mobility
without being too snug. Look for gloves that
are long enough to cover between your hand
and the cuff of your coat so that your wrist
is not exposed to the cold or wet.
- If you will be using the gloves in snow or
rain (for example, for skiing or for clearing
snow from your car), look for gloves designed
to repel water.
- For gloves to work in, look for gripper palms
that make gripping and holding easier. Heavy-duty
gloves may be stiff and make bending your
hand difficult, so features such as sewn-in
panels or heavier material on the back of
the hand where less stretching is required
are a plus. Pre-curved fingers in heavy-duty
gloves are also a nice feature. Removable
linings allow you to dry them or replace
them easily. These gloves should come with
a cinch or Velcro closure that can be tightened
with one hand to fasten them securely.