Many years ago, to be seen without gloves would have been just too much for anyone to handle. It would have been indecent to allow such a thing. Today, gloves are being worn less and less by men and women. The Queen is known for her almost constant use of gloves. No outfit for Her Majesty is complete without gloves. And this used to be the case for many women up until the swinging 1960s where attitudes to more or less everything relaxed – but not always for the better.
A good pair of gloves does more than keep hands warm and stave off chilblains – in my option, they complete an outfit.
For men, it is essential to have at least two pairs of gloves. One pair in black and the other in brown. The black gloves are to be worn in urban conurbations, and brown to be worn when in the country. However when dressed casually in towns and cities, black gloves may appear too formal. This is where a third pair of gloves can come into great use. Navy! And if a darker navy, they can be worn with black shoes and formal suit as well. Yet they will also match a casual short overcoat and jeans perfectly.
It need not be said that a man’s gloves should be leather, lined with wool or silk. Lambskin or suede for country-wear is really the only other alternative. Knitted gloves are for young children. We need not pass comment on fingerless gloves.
White gloves (cotton or goatskin) were once a staple of any man’s wardrobe – for evening wear – but with the changing times these have all but passed away from shops & wardrobes alike.
For women, the colour of the gloves should ideally complement the handbag and shoes. They are usually made from leather or cotton.
In today’s fast-paced, casual world, women tend only to wear gloves when attending funerals or smart weddings. A great shame, really.
- Men remove gloves to shake someone’s hand (although this is not required in very cold countries with extremely icy weather)
- Women can shake hands without removing gloves
- Men should remove gloves when indoors
- A lady’s long evening gloves (for White Tie events) are removed when eating
- Remove gloves by pulling up one finger at a time, rather than sliding off like a bracelet.