Gloves are an essential winter gear in cold climate
As an Alaskan, the first thing that comes to mind when you talk about gloves is protection of your hands and fingers when it is lousy cold outside. You need them in winter to not freeze your finger to the doorknob when leaving the house. On your way back, you can’t drive your car without them when your car was outfit plugged in in the parking lot. You just can’t drive a car when your hands are frozen to the stirring wheel. A friend of mine even wears mitten over her gloves as she can’t stand cold fingers.
Gloves can take your look from good to great
But there is so much more to gloves than just staying warm. They are a real style factor. Can you imagine Her Majesty the Queen without wearing her gloves? It’s her signature style!
Cocktail-length gloves are as classic as classic can get. Marilyn Monroe wore them. They give the attitude of mystery, they look sexy. Amal Clooney wore white long gloves at the Golden Globe. Recall Angelina Jolie wearing a dress were long gloves were even attached to the dress?Many First Ladies wore gloves for style: Jackie Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, and recently Melania Trump.
NYFW had many looks with super-long – opera length – gloves on the runways.
How you can up your look with gloves
When these women can up their style with gloves, you can do it too. Here is a list of tips how to add them to your outfits.
- Get a pair of driving gloves. So cool. Black is a classic. Red is a head turner. Beige or tan are perfect for summer. Just imagine the stares, when you leave the car and taking them off. 😉
- Long black gloves with a little black sleeveless dress are ageless style. Such a LBD also looks great with silver-gray or white gloves. It’s a classic, chic and elegant.
- Long leather gloves are a must-have for winter coats with 3/4 length sleeves.
- In winter, go for gloves with colors. For a modern look, a similar shade than your bag, shoes, hat, or scarf is much better than the exact shade.
- Recycle your sleeveless evening gown by adding a pair of shiny satin gloves in silver, gold, white or black the next time you wear it.
- Are you getting married this year? White shiny satin gloves are look great for brides with sleeveless gowns.
- Speaking of weddings, a mother-of-the groom or bride skirt suit with 3/4 sleeves looks elegant with white or black satin fingerlings. Make sure that the contrast is not too hard. Resist to wear the look with a fascinator or wide brim hat, and cat-eye sunglasses, and a top handle bag with matching shoes. That’s so 1960s. Go for a clutch that doesn’t match your shoes. Skip the hat.
- Rock a monochromatic look with gloves.
- Use gloves as a pop of color in your winter outerwear.
- Make sure you match your gloves with the material of your outfit.
- Match the color of your short gloves to the color of your jacket/coat. So chic.
- Long formal evening gowns in gem colors look very elegant with opera length white satin gloves. When you have tuned upper arms, but don’t like the look off your elbows, these long beauties are your best bet to show the results of all your weight lifting efforts off.
- If you are a regular at horse races, wear short gloves like Julia Robberts did as Vivian Ward in Pretty woman. Her outfit was timeless and is ageless. It looks very modern even more than 25 years later.
Outfit inspirations with gloves
Here some outfit inspirations how I wear my gloves.
LeatherCoatsEtc gloves, beret and leather coat, Celine tote, Sienna Studio leather skirt, GNW tigh, Harley Davidson booties, Jones New York polka dot shirt, and Pavlova Russian scarf (all own)
Max Mara denim coat, Tucker brocade skirt, GNW Luxe cashmere sweater, GNW tight, L.K. Bennett tall boots, silk scarf, Prada bag, and LeatherCoatsEtc gaunlets (all own)
Shearling coat, Pavlova Russian scarf, LeatherCoatsEtc gauntlets and beret, Celine bag, Aerology color denim with sequins, GNW lace socks, Manolo Blahnik booties (all own)
Velvet gown with stole and opera-length leather gauntlets
Neck-holder velvet gown with coin belt and leather opera gloves
Do you wear gloves for more than just keeping your hands/fingers warm? What are your styling challenges with this accessory? Let me know by email, so I can help you (and others) solve the problem.
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P.S. Before I forget: Remember that there is a glove etiquette. You can find more about it at the link.
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