Smitten with Mittens: Sylish and Functional Gloves for Winter
January 7, 2013
It’s that time of the year to transition our wardrobes from shorts and tees to layers and accessories. Some of my favorite fall/winter accessories include scarves, beanies, and the most underrated of all winter accessories, gloves and mittens. Anyone who knows me can tell you that once chilly weather comes around, I’m almost never without gloves on, especially because I’m naturally inclined to freeze below 60° (California climate has spoiled me!) The way that mittens hug my palms so snugly and keep my extremities nice and warm is fantastic–but alas, there is always trouble in paradise. As many of you probably know, it can be really difficult to perform certain tasks when you’ve got either sausage fingers or (basically) socks on your hands while wearing gloves and mittens. One solution I’ve found is to simply snip off the tips of your knits to make fingerless gloves for more dexterity. But, if you aren’t looking to do that, I’ve recently come across a few neat designs that may address some of your glove- and mitten-wearing woes.
I think it’s safe to say that one of the most problematic aspects of gloves is that they give us a hard time using smart phones especially when an important phone call needs to be made and you’re stuck tugging and pulling at your gloves, taking them off , then putting them back on again, phew, what an inconvenience. Now the future of phones and gloves are in your hands, literally! These Bluetooth-enabled hi-Call Gloves not only allow you to control your touchscreen, but also enable you to actually speak into your glove through a speaker sewn in the thumb and a microphone built in the pinky. Can you believe it? Well, if you don’t believe us, check out this video of Hi-Fun’s Bluetooth Gloves to see them in action.
A similar pair of gloves with touchscreen capability but without the hi-tech aspect of the ones mentioned above are texting gloves. Texting gloves are like your regular knit gloves but feature contrasting tips with a little bit of texture so you’re able to talk, text and play games without having to take your gloves off.
If you like your gloves with a little more breathing room, then Freehands are for you. With removable tips for just the index finger and thumb, so only the important fingers are in use while the rest of your fingers aren’t exposed to the elements.
Although I do not smoke, I do appreciate functionality, and these Smoking Mittens definitely seem useful for when you need a smoke out in the cold. Constructed with a metal eyelet on one glove to perfectly fit a cigarette, keeping both hands warm and toasty while you take your cigarette break. These unisex, one size fits all mittens are also designed to be reversible so that the cigarette eyelet can be used with your right or left hand.
Almost as important as warmth is safety. These Biker gloves with reflective arrows help increase your visibility when riding a bicycle at night. These will definitely come in handy (pun intended) for warning cars on the road and other fellow bikers the turns you will be making (when using the proper signals and hand gestures of course). For more information on bike safety and night riding you can learn more from this Beginner’s Guide to Bicycling at Night.
So there you have it, a few new options for your wardrobe this fall/winter. I’d love to hear about your cold weather must-haves. In the meantime, stay warm and text on!