Fall to Winter: Fashionable Gloves

Thursday, October 29, 2009

--By Kim Moshtaghi

Nordstrom Pleated Cuff Leather Gloves
Nordstrom Pleated Leather Gloves

Available at: nordstrom.com

Wearing gloves doesn’t come to mind in San Diego... until it’s too late. It often becomes difficult to buy a nice fashion-conscious pair when under pressure. Lately, I’ve learned to keep my eye out for fun pairs of gloves in order to avoid the numb fingers. Personally, I dislike the fingerless gloves-- I don’t get the point, unless you’re a rock star and have a one of a kind manicure to show off. But, isn’t the point to keep the fingers warm? Many things are done for the sake of fashion, but the main purpose of gloves is to keep warm.

There are all kinds of textures and materials when it comes to winter gloves, so it’s important to keep in mind what suits your lifestyle. Rayon and acrylic are more casual and can be worn in the snow. If you are getting them for skiing or snowboarding, you may want to think durability and warmth. For straight up fashion purposes I would get close to leather gloves. Leather is a clean and sophisticated look. It goes well with everything, and wears beautifully getting comfier with time. Whatever you choose, let it make a statement and warm up the fingers avoiding further complications, such as a runny nose.

On another note, color choice can be crucial when purchasing gloves. Make sure you buy a pair that will go with your existing wardrobe. Don’t buy hot pink gloves if you already have vibrant trench coats. If your wardrobe consists of all black, try a risqué bold color to finish off your look with a splash of sass. But, if you’re the girl with the bright trench coats, stick to black, gray or earth tones.

Women: Leather driving gloves - Irish green
Leather Driving Gloves

Available at: bananarepublic.com

Enough with the rules, lets get to the gloves… the first is from Liz Claiborne. It’s actually a scarf and glove set-- the Scarf and Long Gloves Set in Herringbone Eternity. This is a casual fun duo. The gloves and scarf are a perfect “get up and go” set that will go with the season's laid back attire. This is my favorite casual set because the gloves extend beyond the wrists. The gloves' solid black color and the herringbone pattern beyond the wrists make it extra stylish and easy to work with. The scarf also has a solid black trim with the herringbone pattern. Worn simultaneously or not, this pair will adapt to any other texture to insure style and warmth-- goal accomplished!

For the girl who has everything, I would go for the clean-cut Pleated Cuff Leather Gloves from Nordstrom. Elegant in every sense of the word, this pair will keep you humble while being Ivanka Trump like. Surprisingly, they don’t come in a bad color! They're offered in black, burnt sienna, and pine brown. All three are equally as charming. If you’ve got bright colors for the fall, this may be the pair that balances out your look!

Lastly, for the girl who believes in a dark fall/winter wardrobe, I propose a trendier colorful pair of gloves. Banana Republic’s Leather Driving Gloves in mystic purple or Irish green will loosen your ponytail a bit. You can’t be uptight in these hip gloves. Add flavor to your look with a splash of leather spunk, and you’ll be more alive and alert to face cool conditions.
Kim Moshtaghi
Kim Moshtaghi is a contributing writer for Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle. Born in Germany, Kim is currently based in sunny Del Mar, California, where she also serves as Stiletto Jungle's Director of Sales and Promotions. Kim has a communications degree, a third degree black belt, and a totally covetable Gucci handbag collection.