It's a great shame that driving gloves are no longer used very much, because they look so chic. Although you will have to risk being dubbed a poseur if you wear a pair today, it's worth the risk, especially if you drive a convertible, because they are really very, bloody cool. Grace Kelly wore a pair to great effect in the recent TV showing of To Catch A Thief, when she drove Cary Grant around the south of France. The original point of driving gloves is not clear - maybe steering wheels used to be very slippy in the old days, or maybe it was due to the lack of heating in cars - whatever. They can only be a good thing and bring down road rage. AB

Grace Kelly, chic in her gloves, drives Cary Grant to distraction in Hitchcock's `To Catch A Thief'

Leather/fabric gloves, pounds 39, Daks at Simpson, Piccadilly, London W1, 0171 734 2002. All cars from Hamleys, 188-196 Regent Street, London W1. Enquiries/mail order: 0171 734 3161

White cropped leather gloves, pounds 60, Vivienne Westwood, 44 Conduit Street, London W1, 0171 439 1109

Leather/fabric fingerless gloves, pounds 195, Hermes, 155 New Bond Street, London W1, 0171 499 8856

Yellow leather driving gloves, pounds 35, Dents, as before

Brown leather/cotton gloves, pounds 27.50, Dents, from Selfridges, Oxford Street, London W1. Enquiries: 01985 212291