Q: I would like a high-quality glove that isn’t difficult to pull on when my fingers are stiff. What do you recommend?
A: The secret to gloves that will last is buying the best quality you can afford for everyday, and then style up with some fun, inexpensive options. Look at the overall construction. Is the stitching small and evenly placed? Is the exterior water-resistant? If it’s a knit, is it a tight, close knit that will keep you warm? And can you slip it on and off easily? Fit is very personal, so don’t worry about the size – look for comfort. Here are some of my practical and fun favorites.
Bionic’s women’s or men’s Cashmere-Lined Winter Gloves ($50, bionicgloves.com), designed by an orthopaedic hand surgeon, feature pads to make gripping easier, and flexible fabric over the knuckles and between the fingers aid fit and flexibility. The gloves have a sheepskin exterior for warmth, and they’re simple to pull on and take off.
Bochi Bros Purple and Black Buffalo Check Plaid Winter Gloves ($13, sears.com) have a stretchy palm for comfort. The slight gathering at the wrist helps with slipping them on and off.
The North Face women’s or men’s Apex Gloves ($55, TheNorthFace.com) feature a breathable, soft, water-resistant shell and silicone palms for better gripping.
Isotoner women’s Hybrid Convertible Fingerless Gloves ($35, totes-isotoner.com) expose fingertips when you need to use them, and fold forward over fingers, creating mittens for warmth.
A glove for exercise will support and protect your hands and wrist. The Bionic women’s and men’s Short-Finger Fitness Gloves ($30, bionicgloves.com) cushion and protect hands and provide better grip while working out.
You can’t go wrong with a simple, dark, solid-colored glove with stretch; you should be able to find this at many department stores.
If you’d like leather, consider Isotoner Women’s Smooth Leather Two Button Gloves ($48, totes-isotoner.com). The Thinsulate lining provides plenty of warmth and comfort for tender hands.
Christine Schwab is a longtime fashion reporter and author of Take Me Home from the Oscars: Arthritis, Television, Fashion, and Me (Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 2011), in which she chronicles her years battling rheumatoid arthritis in Hollywood.
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