10 best women's gloves and wrist warmers for winter 2018
Leather, suede or cashmere? We've picked classic, colourful and outrageous gloves for winter
Queen Elizabeth I was the ultimate glove wearer. She loved pairs decorated with rich embroidery and ones studded with jewels. The queen slid them on and teased them off at court, so that her audience would notice her elegant fingers. Or so it is said.
But you don’t need to be Elizabeth I to warrant a decent pair of gloves; you just have to be cold.
Here, we’ve found some of the finest pairs. Tempted by the fashion of the 21st century, we’ve been wearing them around town and on long, leafy walks to see how warm and comfortable they really are.
We’ve even put them on and taken them off in front of our friends and family, so that they notice and admire our garments, if not our fingers.
Pinky Contrast Burgundy Leather Gloves: £39, Oliver Bonas
Fabric: 100 per cent leather (shell); 100 per cent polyester (lining)
Leather? Suede? We couldn’t decide which one we wanted either and were drawn to this swish pair incorporating both by British brand Oliver Bonas. These gloves are as supple and snug as they look, and are lined with snowy faux fur. A neat popper button at the wrists offers a tailored look. Queen Elizabeth I’s views are yet to be discerned, despite a weekend seance, but we couldn’t resist.
Isotoner Ladies Luxury Suede Gloves with Faux Fur Spill: £30, Totes
Fabric: 100 per cent suede (shell); 100 per cent polyester (lining); 100 per cent polyester (trim)
On the suede front, we’ve plumped for these Isotoner gloves, available in black or navy. The fur trim made us feel suitably cosy, while the style also evoked a bit of glamour. The material suggests they’re probably not quite up to a biblical flood or helping Santa in Lapland, but they’re more than snug enough for our more temperate climes.
Soiree Patterned Velvet Gloves: £32, Free People
Fabric: 100 per cent velvet
For the ultimate in statement gloves, we’ve gone for this stretchy velvet pair from Free People, known for its ethical clothing. There are three styles – we love the houndstooth pattern, too (very Seventies), although it’s pretty understated in comparison.
Markberg Grey Mix Helly Gloves: £59, trouva.com
Fabric: sheep leather; 70 per cent wool / 30 per cent acrylic (lining)
We loved the versatility of these gloves. You get the benefit of leather, as well as wool cuffs that you can wear around your palms or fold down as sleeves. And most importantly, you can wear them and still use your phone.
Cashmere Button Gloves: £35, Lavender Hill Clothing
Fabric: 100 per cent cashmere
Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, has been spotted in a Lavender Hill T-shirt. Twice. Surely, the gloves are next.
The British brand was launched in 2013 by 24-year-old Isobel Ridley.
These super-soft gloves are hand-knitted in Hawick, a town in the Scottish borders with a strong knitwear tradition. Towards the end of the 19th century, the town made more than a million pounds of wool into socks and other snuggly garments every year.
Of more immediate importance, these lovely gloves come in grey, navy, red and camel.
NY Charisma – Hand-Knitted Confetti Space Dyed Cable Gloves: £48, Wolf & Badger
Fabric: polyester, lambswool and nylon blend
Ah, the fingerless glove. Who wouldn’t want to rock the catwalk Dickensian look? Of course, they have other appeals, too – from allowing you to show off your rings (very 16th century) to making it easy to use your phone.
This pair by New York brand NY Charisma said winter to us. Yes, we love cashmere. But everyone needs chunky knits, too. They felt homely.
We’re particularly excited about Wolf and Badger, which curates lots of independent designers, as they’ve just opened a new store at Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross. There’s also a store in New York.
Cashmere Graphic Heart Wrist Warmers: £55, John Lewis & Partners
Fabric: 100 per cent cashmere (four ply)
We love this design from British brand Brora, which combines colour blocking (a key autumn/winter trend, should you like that sort of thing) with a heart motif.
We’re coveting a lot of Brora at the moment, which could be because of its sheer range of cashmere items. It also makes a point of using sustainable, ethically sourced fibre, and uses a mill in Scotland that has been going for 200 years, which sounds pretty romantic. More than 50 processes are involved in their designs. No shortcuts here.
We liked these wrist warmers, too, for their thumb cover – slightly longer than many others we tried, as well as the elasticated edges for a warmer fit.
Cove Wrist Warmers Pink & Pink: £45, covecashmere.co.uk
Fabric: 100 per cent cashmere
Wrist warmers are everywhere this winter and we couldn’t get this minimalist design out of our heads, however much we tried. Perhaps this says something about our heads.
We suspect, however, that you’ll love them, too. They come in 10 colourways, including green and pink, blue and yellow, and the featured mulberry and neon pink. Combinations that shouldn’t work, but do.
These gloves are delicate delights.
Cashmere Wrist Warmer Indigo: £24.95, Schöffel
Fabric: 100 per cent cashmere
When only classic will do. These simple wrist warmers by Schöffel – known for its smart countrywear – are as comfortable as they look and make a great extra layer. We loved this indigo pair, but they also come in raspberry and kingfisher (green).
Belinda Robertson Recycled Cashmere Fingerless Gloves: £30, Atterley
Fabric: 100 per cent recycled cashmere
You can’t miss the keyword in the name of this pair – and it’s not cashmere. Yes, recycled fabric. Hooray for the planet. These soft wrist warmers come in four vivid colours: purple, salmon, red and blue.
The Verdict: Best gloves and wrist warmers
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