I have a tendency to lose gloves. I cannot, no matter how I devote my best efforts, keep them more than a year. My habit of misplacement has led me to rifle through bargain bins at H&M; I cannot countenance spending significant cash on something I will likely leave somewhere, or allow to fall from my pocket.
Many people feel this way about sunglasses. I can empathise with them, but I think my record with sunglasses improved somewhat when I took the plunge and spent over £100 on a pair. Now I am accustomed to expensive frames, I am no longer anxious and have ceased to create cynical fictions in my mind of the wretched things being stolen. They dominate my thoughts far less because of the norm of having them. I am determined to apply this proven theory to gloves, for I have seen some handsome and graceful gloves that have caused me to question my stoic reliance on cheap elasticised black cotton.
Having said that, elasticised black cotton gloves, especially the Thinsulate variety, are extremely useful; they’re versatile, very warm and look well on a fine hand. For more casual wear, with weekend jeans, a corduroy jacket and a v-neck jumper, they are perfectly adequate. However, if you want to give your winter outfit that extra polish, then a pair (or perhaps two pairs, or three?) of finely made gloves are just the ticket. Aside from being very practical in preparation for the elements, gloves add a genteel finesse to an ensemble.
Leather ‘gents’ gloves
One of the most popular choices for gentlemen is the lined, or unlined, leather ‘gents’ glove. For comfort and luxury, some men will choose a cashmere or fur lining. This is certainly recommended for the gentleman who wishes to treat his fortunate fingers, but beware that linings can bulk a glove somewhat; hands that appear large are unbecoming.
Dents make some of the finest leather ‘gents’ gloves. Using soft nappa leather, deerskin and lambskin, their gloves are well-made and reasonably priced for their fine quality.
Leather ‘driving’ gloves
Due to the preponderance of roofed cars and the arrival of power steering, driving gloves are rarely used for their intended purpose. However, that is by no means a reason to condemn them to the scrap heap; driving gloves are youthful and natty, and give the wearer a cavalier élan and a romantic allusion to the daredevil racing drivers of the roaring twenties.
Dents also make some fantastic driving gloves too. The colour range is a little limited and you can find more daring creations in high-fashion retailers, but they are of a good quality and they are, once more, very reasonably priced.
Although it may be tempting to call these gloves archaic, they are extremely comfortable and useful for those who ride motorcycles and vintage open top cars. My mother also finds them tremendously practical when picking holly in the woods for the festive wreath. They are perhaps a little large for wearing with the double-breasted suit and scarf, but they have many other uses.