As a born-and-bred Southerner who now finds herself in Brooklyn, I’ve spent a lot of time analyzing my winter wardrobe. And though I’ve addressed most of my closet’s cold-weather downfalls — I now own a puffy coat, clunky snow boots and a warm winter beanie — I’ve overwhelmingly failed to stock up on one necessity: winter gloves.
Winter gloves are admittedly easier to overlook than these other must-haves. Trench coats can’t hold a candle to puffy coats in a New York City blizzard; snow boots are the only tried-and-true way to prevent spontaneous sidewalk falls; and hats are inevitable if you want your nose and ears to have any hope of surviving the season. But winter gloves masquerade as expendable. You can just stick your hands in your pockets, right?
Sure, if you don’t mind the utter lack of mobility. But what happens when you have groceries to carry? Or a warm coffee to hold? Or an adorable clutch to tote around? We all have entire lives to lead during our pedestrian commutes to offices and gyms and restaurants and homes — lives that we can’t interrupt every time it snows, because honestly, it just snows too much to do that.
The answer to this dilemma lies in winter gloves (ideally, cute winter gloves, because function and fashion don’t have to be mutually exclusive). With a little help from winter gloves, we can navigate the winter without sacrificing the ability to use our hands. We can hold our groceries and coffees and cute clutches without forcing our fingers to endure frigid temperatures.
Plus, cute winter gloves promise to elevate any outfit, adding a level of chic sophistication that truly cannot be understated. Being able to look glam and stay warm is the absolute best of both worlds; so why are we still apt to overlook this clearly underrated piece of clothing?
This season, I’m leading a campaign to change that. Winter gloves are a gift from the sartorial gods. They’re equal parts practical and cute — and the only real downside is that you’ll have to spend money on them. (But since the ability to stay warm, cozy and active on a winter’s day is invaluable, who really cares, right?)
Ahead, you’ll find a shopping guide to some of the cutest winter gloves on the market right now. Consider this a 19-part argument in favor of cute winter gloves; let these genuinely cute accessories help you stay a little warmer (and look a little chicer) this season.
Originally posted on StyleCaster.
Chevron Leather Touchscreen Gloves
Worried about gloves impeding your ability to text? Not an issue with these touchscreen-friendly gloves. (Plus, they’re neutral, so they’ll match literally anything you have on.)
Chevron leather touchscreen gloves, $38 at Topshop
Sportmax 2-Faced Leather Gloves
Yup, color-block gloves are totally a thing.
Sportmax two-faced leather gloves, $170 at Farfetch
Carolina Amato Leopard-Print Gloves
A pop of animal print never hurt anybody — especially when that pop of animal print is protecting your fingers from the cold.
Carolina Amato leopard-print gloves, $160 at Shopbop
Agnelle Funny Patches Gloves
Because embellishments make everything more fun.
Agnelle gloves with funny patches, $134 at Farfetch
Your favorite teddy jacket is officially available in mitten form.
Teddy mitten, $18 at Urban Outfitters
Manokhi Contrast Gloves
Equal parts elegant and edgy — I didn’t even know that was possible.
Manokhi contrast gloves, $223 at Farfetch
Balenciaga Printed Leather Gloves
You can’t be surprised — logomania pervades everything.
Balenciaga printed leather gloves, $550 at Net-a-Porter
Maximalists will love the opportunity to add yet another layer of fun to their ensembles.
Metallic gloves, $40 at Topshop
Burberry Cashmere-Lined Vintage Check Gloves
Burberry plaid, done the winter glove way.
Burberry cashmere-lined vintage check gloves, $344 at Farfetch
Calvin Klein Metallic Gloves
I mean, why not make your gloves the focal point of your outfit?
Calvin Klein metallic gloves, $410 at Farfetch
Special-Edition Leather Patchwork Gloves
These patchwork gloves are statement-making without veering into over-the-top territory. Plus, patchwork is one of 2019’s favorite fashion trends, remember?
Special-edition leather patchwork gloves, $49.90 at Zara
Agnelle Eyelet-Embellished Gloves
The eyelet embellishments aren’t totally practical, but they’re so cute, I can’t bring myself to care.
Agnelle eyelet-embellished gloves, $137 at Farfetch
Barbour Checked-Lining Gloves
Cuffs will keep your wrists as warm as your digits.
Barbour checked-lining gloves, $60 at Farfetch
Because you can’t go wrong with a standard pair of leather gloves.
Leather gloves, $49.90 at Zara
Nylon Quilted Mittens
Next-level warmth, delivered in the coziest way possible.
Nylon quilted mittens, $29 at Urban Outfitters
Christian Wijnants Annah Gloves
Fit for a gala, these hot-pink gloves are sure to elevate any outfit you throw together — even if you’re just wearing sweats.
Christian Wijnants Annah gloves, $407 at Farfetch
Check Leather Touchscreen Gloves
The more touchscreen-friendly gloves you can get your hands on (or in!), the better.
Check leather touchscreen gloves, $40 at Topshop
Bottega Veneta Nappa Leather Gloves
Because your all-black-everything look could always benefit from a pop of color — especially when that color is red.
Bottega Veneta Nappa leather gloves, $440 at Farfetch
Agnelle Striped-Detail Gloves
An updated take on the classic black leather glove.
Agnelle striped-detail gloves, $109 at Farfetch
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