Warm hands, warm heart

Glove season is upon us, so style guru SJ shares with you her favourite gloves of the year

Warm hands, warm heart

We all know that feeling when your hands are so cold that basic tasks become painful; opening containers for example. Even if you are fortunate enough not to live in areas with particularly cold winters, you will most likely visit them at some point in your life. A good pair of gloves can last you many years and, if you live in Melbourne or Hobart, is non-negotiable from now until September!

Gloves: the name itself sums up my feelings – love. This morning I went for a walk with my friend. This was actually a much bigger deal than it sounds given the single digit temperature, impending rain and icy winds. An hour later I arrived home fairly warm, given my outfit was not dissimilar to a snowsuit, aside from my hands, which appeared to have frozen at some point.  Cue the realisation that glove season is upon us.

Today I look at some of the different types of gloves and their various merits. Buying gloves used to be fairly straightforward but the arrival of many touchscreen smartphones has made it a more difficult task, to say the least.

Leather gloves
My personal favourite, leather gloves are by far the most stylish of the glove family. Perfect for evening events they are warm and will hold their condition much better than most other fibres. I’ve also found it is possible to continue to use your touch screen phone as leather is still a ‘skin’ of some variety. NB; this does require a high level of concentration and patience and it may be argued it’s easier just to remove said glove.

ASOS, Dents Silk Lined Leather Gloves, $96.95

Target, Leather Crop Gloves, $30

        

Mittens
As modelled by many children’s cartoon characters mittens are indisputably the cutest member of the glove family. They are also very easy to get on and off.  Unfortunately once on, they do make life slightly more difficult as you essentially now have a paw as opposed to five functioning fingers. Recommended for those who like a challenge.

The Iconic, G-Star Raw Alpine Kittens, $60

ASOS, Adidas Originals, Mittens $16.72

 

Fingerless gloves
Arguably the least fashionable glove you can get. Despite it’s shortcomings in the style department it probably takes out the title of most functional glove. Allows you access to five functional fingers with the added bonus of fingerprints. A required taste, but excellent for those who cannot live without their touchscreen and/or those of us who require fingerprint access to rooms (read secret agents).

The Iconic, 1&20 Blackbirds, Fingerless Gloves $14.95

ASOS, Fairisle Fingerless Gloves, $6.69

Convertible gloves
The most flexible member of the glove family, convertible gloves have little hoods so you can keep your fingertips warm and then BAM, out they pop when you need them. Very handy, excuse the pun, and more stylish than fingerless gloves, these give you the best of both worlds.

Glassons, Fingerless Hood Gloves, $13





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    Yvonne
    24th May 2013
    3:33pm
    Leather for me every time, stylish and long wearing!!
    PlanB
    25th May 2013
    7:10am
    I always used to wear the "Dents" leather but these days I like the fingerless ones as I can still use my fingers and still be warm
    leapyearbaby
    25th May 2013
    7:11am
    Having arthritis I wear special gloves in bed at night which save me from being woken by pain in my hands. They are made of a fabric which includes a metal thread which I believe is warmed by body heat. I purchased them from one of those homewares catalogues delivered to my doorstep.Wonderful!
    For daywear I also wear leather gloves during the winter months from May to October here in Tasmania.
    PlanB
    25th May 2013
    7:28am
    They sure sound like a darn good idea leapy
    Precious
    13th Aug 2013
    7:49pm
    Ditto...its very warm where I live in the West Australia coastal and the mere thought of wearing gloves here gives me the shivers lolol however in the case of arthritis (which I have in fingers I suppose from all the gardening and craft years) I manage without.....good luck your idea sounds the answer


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