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.

Bluetooth-enabled hi-Call gloves

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.

Talk to the hand, girlfriend

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.

Volcom texting gloves

Volcom texting gloves

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.

Reflective Biker Gloves

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!

4 Responses to “Smitten with Mittens: Sylish and Functional Gloves for Winter”

  1. Jeremy H. Says:

    Those bicycling gloves will very much come in handy for a biker like me! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Tori Says:

    With almost all phones now requiring you to actually touch it with your finger the glove that let’s you do so without removing is great.

  3. Taranu Cosmin Andrei Says:

    bluetooth and textting gloves are great ideas! It is really annoying when your hands are warm and feel comfortable and then, suddenly someone sends you a message you really have to answer or someone calls you and you really have to answer and only after a few seconds you get your gloves off, you already start to feel the pain. I really need those kinds of gloves, especially bluetooth ones. The idea of talking to the hand is really funny. Ha-ha :)) !

  4. kerah13 Says:

    The texting gloves are such a great idea. It’s a real pain having to fuss with mittens or gloves and use your phone during the winter. The freehand gloves look awesome. I wonder how much a pair of those would run for?


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