Decorative and functional
I really love accessories: scarves, bags, gloves... I have lots of them. But for me gloves (or any accessories for that matter) are not just decorative but first and foremost functional. I don't collect them so that I would have something to add to an outfit to make it more interesting; I wear them to keep warm, to protect myself from the elements. But that doesn't mean they shouldn't have a little something to set them apart...
Attention to detail,that's what it boils down to, for me. You see, I'm a bit of a minimalist: I hate clutter and prefer to have fewer items but insist on better quality. This means that I prefer to save my money and buy the one 'perfect' scarf / bag / necklace rather than several cheaper ones of poorer quality. In the long run this keeps the clutter at bay, too.
What does this have to do with gloves?
I require the same level of quality from my gloves than I would of anything else I buy: I expect them to last, and I expect them to impress. The devil is in the details: is the lining warm enough, is the stitching well done, and is the leather buttery soft? And then there are the buckles, buttons, metal accents...
And colour...I love gloves in pretty colours. I just don't have many of them. Why? Well, as boring as black may be, it is also practical, i.e. won't show the dirt... I know, it sounds horrible, but it's true. And I learned that the hard way. I mean, if I had the kind of lifestyle that involved cars and / or drivers and only social engagements, I would probably have a very different wardrobe. But my lifestyle requires me to take public transportation, carry a heavy bag and ignore nasty weather... which means that my wardrobe has to be utilitarian and sturdy, e.g. gloves that allow me to grab hold on a crowded bus. You only realise how dirty handrails etc are after you see what they do to your new pink gloves...
What about wristwarmers?They may not be what you need for the really cold weather, but I find they can be very useful nevertheless, not least when taking photos. And cashmere wristwarmers can be washed, which is always a good thing.
What about you, do you like gloves?
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