With the cold making its comeback, if you haven’t already begun your sartorial switchover (aka digging out the knitwear and packing away the linen), then you should probably be scheduling it in imminently.
But there’s a lot more to a winter wardrobe than woolly jumpers, thick outerwear or heavy leather boots. Accessories are often forgotten about, as warmth often steals priority over style. But the one add-on you should remember to wear this season? Gloves.
As seen at the likes of Balmain, Moschino and Emilia Wickstead this autumn and winter, the humble accessory can elevate your working uniform or weekend ensembles and keep you toasty on your commute – win win.
Though for a more Audrey Hepburn inspired look and a little less Michael Jackson, the key is in the fabric.
Whether you prefer cashmere, wool or leather, budget or designer, there are countless styles to choose from at the moment.
When trialling numerous pairs of gloves and putting them through rigorous testing, the best kind don’t prevent movement (ie sending a text), in line with today’s trends and don’t cost an arm and a leg.
So if you are looking for a new pair of gloves this season, these are the pairs you should definitely be getting your mitts on right now.
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Kley natural cashmere lined suede gloves: £35, Debenhams
Debenhams’ own brand, Kley, which only launched last month is everything you would want a pair of gloves to offer. Quality lining? Check (cashmere to be precise). On-trend? Of course – they’re tonal. Affordable price point? Absolutely. Not to mention how chic the logo sits on the seam. This pair, in particular, would greatly offset Kley’s wine-coloured wrap coat or look equally as stylish with navy.
Aspinal sheepskin lined gloves: £115, Aspinal of London
If you think this pair from Aspinal lacks any talking point, you are clearly mistaken. While this pair is handcrafted using soft buttery suede, the inside is sheepskin-lined which only means heavenly warmth for your hands. Ideal as a gift, or a treat for yourself, your hands will thank you.
Johnstons of Elgin Cashmere gloves: £45, Liberty
If you are after a fail-proof pair, this is it. Its cashmere material brings a luxe feel yet the price point doesn’t show it. The all-over grey marl boasts a quick return on your purchase, as there will be little in your wardrobe these knitted gloves won’t look great with.
Isabel Marant colour block gloves: £250, Net-a-Porter
If you find yourself constantly tapping into the tonal trend when it comes to getting dressed in the morning, this pair from Isabel Marant means you don’t have to break the habit when it comes to your accessories. The mink and white colourway is an unusual match, but we think they’re ideal for the daily commute or for a chic arrival to impromptu evening drinks.
Arket black leather gloves: £55, Arket
Arket is the epitome of quality clothing all year round and its gloves haven’t disappointed. This goat leather pair are great for those who enjoy a minimal aesthetic which not only makes a great contrast with any camel infused outerwear but is versatile enough for the dog walk. An all-rounder in my opinion.
Paul Smith navy wool gloves: £40, Paul Smith
This pair is for the more practical dresser and ideal for those looking for a pair that simply does the job, but does the job well. The gloves’ navy colouring create a classic look but its folded pop of teal lining can offer a little more something different.
M&S leather stitch gloves, £17.50, M&S
These gloves were a pleasant surprise from the high street’s favourite, Marks and Spencer. Although this pair is available in black, we prefer the cobalt blue and rouge colours, as they can instantly make up for any forgotten earrings or rings as you leave the house. Plus, have you seen the price? Bargain.
Ted Baker leopard print gloves, £79, Ted Baker
How fun are these gloves? In a somewhat dreary sartorial season of subdued knitwear and dull-coloured outerwear, this pair from Ted Baker are an effortless way to inject more of a talking point to your look during the winter season. Why not wear matching leopard print accessories for an even bolder statement?
Valentino gold plaque leather gloves: £355, Matches Fashion
Now, if you are willing to invest a little more (ok, a lot) in this accessory, these gloves are the leader of the pack. These are the type of gloves that you keep forever and pass down (if you can part with them that is). The Valentino logo isn’t too intrusive yet prominent enough for a luxe statement and the burgundy hue is a personal favourite with us, as its combinations with other items in your wardrobe are endless. Although, the bottle green version is just as luxurious and a little bit different from what’s out there. Decisions, decisions.
Reiss camel cashmere gloves: £25, Reiss
Available in grey or camel, these Reiss gloves really are just as great quality as its clothing. If opting for this style, we recommend also wearing a matching scarf for a classic take on these camel knitted accessories. Note: they are half price at the moment so grab them while you can.
The verdict: Women’s winter gloves
The gloves you choose will very much be influenced by your daily routine. Those busy with errands and the children during the day will love Paul Smith’s practical woolly version, whilst those that would like a little something extra may be more swayed for Valentino’s burgundy pair, or Isabel Marant’s tonal edition. But for those that don’t want to scrimp on style but perhaps are a little more mindful when it comes to budget, the leather and suede pair from Debenhams’ new collection, Kley, won’t disappoint.
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