For thousands of years, humans have worn gloves to keep them warm and to protect them. However, they only started to be used as a fashion accessory back in the 1500s, when the Queen of England and other famous women started to wear elbow-length gloves with their formal outfits. By the 1800s, gloves were already a must-have accessory in the everyday wardrobe of both women and men.
Within a few decades, styles started to be more modest. Dress sleeves became longer. Although gloves were still considered a mandatory accessory for well-dressed ladies, they became shorter. Most women of the late 1800s wore their wrist-length gloves all day long, even indoors. Evening dresses, featuring shorter sleeves, required longer gloves, in order to cover the arms. Putting on or removing your gloves in public were considered indecent gestures.
During the late 1800s, gloves were also mandatory for well-dressed men. They had to wear them at all times while dancing at a ball or during their relaxation moments at home.
Investing in a good pair of winter gloves is unbelievably rewarding. If you’ve ever worried about losing a finger due to low-quality gloves, with poor lining, you can surely understand the importance of wearing a pair of gloves that keep your hands protected against freezing temperatures.
Choose a brand that respects leather and knows how to work it properly
Expensive gloves are made from premium leathers and materials. Higher prices are a reflection of the good working conditions. Performing quality inspections at each step of the production process are vital in order to make sure that all gloves we produced are flawless. Brands like Chester Jefferies are renowned for their quality.
Try to find a brand that offers half sizes
You can’t figure out how comfortable a glove is going to be by simply looking at it. It’s only after one or two weeks of wearing it that you can feel its high quality or the lack of it, thereof. Poorly made gloves will start sagging, as the material is too elastic to offer you a snug fit. In order for such gloves to fit, you have to work hard the first time you put them on and hope they are going to take the shape of your hand after wearing them for several times. Half sizes can be the perfect solution to this problem. Even better, some manufacturers offer quarter sizes, just to make sure their clients will find the best fit without struggling.
Purchase at least two pairs and alternate them
All natural materials such as leather or wool need to rest. Worn daily, these materials will wear out faster. This applies to gloves, as well as to dress shoes featuring leather soles – when the sole is always damp, it wears out much faster if you don’t give it a break. This is why you should have at least two pairs of gloves and alternate them.
Choose the most appropriate lining for your climate, or get all three choices.
The ideal glove wardrobe should include unlined gloves, wool or cashmere-lined gloves, and fur-lined gloves. Unlined gloves are best in 32F and above temperatures, wool-lined ones are good down to 17F, and fur-lined ones should keep you warm below this threshold. This also depends on your personal resistance to cold and on the amount of time you usually spend outdoors.
Beware that the highest quality, warmest linings are more delicate
Cheaper gloves feature polyester-fleece or wool-polyester lining. These materials are more durable than wool or cashmere. The quality standard isn’t related to the durability of the lining, but to how fine the wool is. Cashmere or wool linings will surely wear out after two seasons. However, they are way more comfortable and warmer than their cheaper alternative.