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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Gloves

J.Crew gloves in apricot with Wolff et Descourtis scarf.
 It's that time of year: the gloves are in heavy rotation and an absolute necessity.
Did you know that leather gloves need to be dry-cleaned on a regular basis to keep them in fine condition?  I only bring mine in once or twice a year, but I do air them out in between wearings.

I've been wearing my light apricot gloves, pictured above, on evenings out with a black dress and coat. I like the contrast with black, and the pairing of the gloves with my Wolff et Descourtis scarf.  The gloves are so delicate in colour that I don't like to wear them for long periods of time.  That's right, I'm handling my gloves "with kid gloves".

During the Christmas season I was wearing my red gloves quite a bit, just for some festive cheer.
Brora wool wrap with red velvet trim, bright red gloves from J.Crew.
 They certainly are a bright red statement, but I do like them with my Brora wrap in jewel tones.  You can see the wrap has a trim of bright red velvet ribbon which matches the gloves perfectly.

My everyday gloves these days are a pair of dark green leather gloves from J.Crew.  They are lined in cashmere yet not quite warm enough for a cold snap, I find my fingers freezing when I'm out walking.
My everyday gloves in a neutral dark green.
I do like the shade of green however, the colour is great with my tweed coats in oatmeal and pale green, and of course they complement my everyday handbag with its dark brown leather.

All of my gloves are from J.Crew, I bought them on sale for about $40 a pair, a really great price for the quality.  They are now sold out which is not a surprise, especially considering Michelle Obama wore a pair in a lovely shade of plum at the Inauguration last week.

What colour gloves are you wearing these days?  Do you rotate between a couple of pairs?  Do you have a pair of gloves that you also handle "with kid gloves"?
xoDani

48 comments:

  1. Eek, I've had my black and brown leather gloves for 20 years and have never even considered cleaning them, you are too clean over there!

    Aside from those I have a red pair and a chestnut pair and my big sheepskin mittens for really cold days.

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  2. Tabs I was reading just this morning that they should be cleaned four times a season, I've never done that but I usually bring them in once or so. I think if you air them out you're fine. I need some big old mitts for my longer walks, these gloves are nice but my fingers freeze when it's -20.
    Today I need an umbrella, we're having crazy weather, now it's raining and we are expecting thunderstorms later today!

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    1. Dani, re. walks maybe you really should look at Ugg mittens/ gloves. Just discovered another friend is a fan after WMM commented here about them.

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    2. GF I'm looking for those UGG mitts!

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  3. Morning Dani - gloves are among my favourite accessories! I have quite a few pairs that are Italian leather with cashmere linings - but you're right, for -20 they are not warm enough. I would love a pair of sheepskin mittens like Tabitha's - I got sheepskin earmuffs for Christmas, really effective!

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    1. Patricia your earmuffs must be toasty warm, what a great idea then your hair doesn't get mussed up.

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  4. Oops...I've never cleaned my gloves! These days my Torquoise suede gloves are getting the most wear in the evenings and my Taupe suede during the day. If its raining or I'll be carrying a lot of bags and things, I wear leather to spare the wear and tear on the suede.
    For walking my dogs I wear my fingerless hand knit gloves because I'm in northern CA right now and the weather is mild. Sorry to have to add the weather report, you seem to be having a terrible time of it this season!
    Jennifer

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    1. Hi Jennifer, your turquoise gloves sound so pretty. J.Crew did that colour this year and they looked gorgeous. I wish I was in Northern CA!!

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  5. Dani, hope your household is on mend. I was wishing I had snagged a few more pairs of the JC leather gloves in colours before the Inauguration/ 40% grab. I only have brown, black and that green, and would like a shot of colour with grey coats etc. - not just 'cause of Mrs. O and girls, mom, although lovely. I only dryclean my gloves at end of season with coats before storing. Bit of a germ freak (TTC) so always washing my wool and cashmere ones. But the cleaner's chemicals skeeve me a bit too (I know there is green cleaning, but that is a trek for me, not practical with coat bundle.) Like the idea of that slightly apricot shade with black, but I would also worry about spoiling them.

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    1. Hi GF, I am very afraid of spoiling them, I wear them out and remove them as soon as I get to my destination. Do you have the same green gloves? They're my favourites this winter!

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  6. Dani, funny you should bring up the subject of gloves,I just bought 2 pairs of Ralph Lauren cute gloves at tjmaxx marked down to 10 dollars. They were really cute black leather with ivory bows on the top. Kids are always loosing gloves so this was a great price and adorable. Glad you are up and about today! Stay dry!

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    1. Anon those RL gloves sound beautiful and what a deal!

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  7. I have black ones to go with my black trench coat when I work at funerals. My 'every day' leather gloves are hot pink!

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  8. Dani, that reminds me. J. Crew used to make their gloves with Sermoneta (famous Roman brand that actually has a little shop in Yorkville). I think they are now made in the Phillipines (not sure if "Italian" leather) but I could be wrong. www.sermonetagloves.com

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    1. Well now, copy says "crafted by Italian maker" so I guess they are still using this well respected brand.

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    2. GF I think Sermoneta has been switched, the label on my gloves says Made in Philippines "Portolano for J.Crew". Sounds like an Italian brand with a factory in the Philippines.

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  9. I have frog green, black and Michelle purple ones I bought in Italy a few years ago. The cashmere lined ones can still be made in the Florence area. Yikes, have never cleaned any of them!

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    1. Lane I'm laughing because no one cleans their gloves! I take mine in but not often at all, maybe end of season if they haven't been lost. I mean it's not like any of us would have dirty hands anyway, I think it is the hand lotion that might need removing and that's it.

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  10. Hope you are feeling better, Dani.

    I would wear red gloves all the time! They are such a gorgeous color. My need for gloves is minimal. We get a few weeks, maybe a month, of cold morning temps. I have a pair of black Coach gloves that I've had for years, they are my go-to pair. I've never cleaned my gloves and it never even occurred to me!

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    1. Hi DF, I'm starting to think cleaning gloves is not necessary at all!

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  11. So pretty, I love a soft leather glove. I'm very sensitive on my wrist and hands to gloves, so can only tolerate cashmere and soft leather (that sounds so snobbish!). I have several J.Crew gloves like yours, which I save for outings without the little one (as I tend to always scuff them). I'm really loving my new cashmere glittens from J.Crew that I recently picked up -- they're very soft and thick and warm, as well as practical for daily use. My "dress-up" gloves are long brown calf-hair from Talbots that look very elegant with a bracelet sleeve coat. Hope you are all on the mend!

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    1. Hi M, we are well on the mend, thank you! Your dress-up gloves sound amazing, I have a long pair of black leather gloves that are perfect with a bracelet sleeve, love that look!

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  12. Living in northern california, cashmere gloves are perfect warmth factor for me. Depending on outfir, i wear grey, black or cerulean. Last 2 pairs are from Brora. Particularly love the cerulean color.

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    1. Anon I think the Brora cerulean is one of the prettiest colors!

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  13. Since I live in Texas, I seldom wear gloves. However, I do have a pair or two. I haven't looked at them lately (Global Warming and all), but I believe one pair is gray wool with some black leather on them and the other pair is plain black. And I have never cleaned them.

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    1. Susan your gloves sound lovely but I guess it would be too hot to wear them. I've never been to Texas but I think I'd love it.

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  14. Your glove and scarf combinations are beautiful, Dani. I have black leather with faux fur cuff, lovely squidgy black velvet ones and 2 other cute little fingerless pairs that transform into mittens when I unbutton the back of them. I really need one of those pairs that toddlers have that go inside their sleeves though, because I always fear losing one.

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    1. Thanks Sulky! I'd like to attach MrBP's gloves to a string as well, he's forever losing gloves.
      Leather with a fur cuff = Very Sulky Kitten.

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    2. I want Sulky's - so Dr. Zhivago-ish.

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    3. Paw of steel, in a furry glove!

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  15. I've never cleaned my gloves either! eek. I have my black pair and a purple pair of gloves.

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    1. LR don't worry most people don't!

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  16. Eeek..I have never dry cleaned my gloves. I have a pair of cashmere lined leather gloves from Nordstrom and a pair of tek gloves by Northface. The NF gloves are fabulous-warm, slim fitting and I don't have to take them off to send a text :-)

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    1. Julie those NF gloves sound sensible!

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  17. I just bought some purple leather gloves to go with a Pringles purple and grey plaid scarf my step-daughter gave me for Christmas. I had picked up some knitted ones, but they weren't very warm! I've never dry cleaned a pair of gloves in my life! If might looked soiled or bagged out of shape I would probably try a gentle hand wash. Then again, I didn't pay the earth for them and I'm not likely to - I think they are too easily lost.

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    1. Shelley that sounds a very nice combo. Good point too often they get lost before the end of the season anyway.

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  18. J.Crew cashmere-lined gloves are pretty good quality and the price is reasonable too. They make great gifts as well. I love colorful leather gloves and have several pair from J.Crew that are part of my rotation along with other brands. Have you ever tried J.Crew shearling gloves? So cozy, although not as warm as my UGG shearling mittens but you can at least drive while wearing them.

    I clean my gloves once at the end of the season only. I have many pairs and change them up daily if not more often so there is less wear per pair and they do air out but the lotion and natural oils need to be removed eventually.

    Love how you mix and match your accessories Dani. It always looks elegant.

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    1. Thanks xoxo! I have had the j Crew shearling gloves but mine popped holes, probably from wearing them while skiing (gripping the poles to save my life!)I am after those UGG mittens!
      I think at the end of season is sensible for cleaning, especially if they just get sent in with the winter coats!

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  19. For walking and -20 - only uGG shearling mittens, everything else puts me in agony! However, I LOVE pretty gloves and have many pairs of varying weights, some leather and cashmere lined, some unlined, some thick wool. I love the colour of your green ones - I have a green pair but they are not warm enough for this time of year. Today it seems balmy as it has gone up to -8!

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    1. WMM and it is due to get balmier for you, it is +5 here now and raining, we have thunderstorms coming later today. I remember we had a winter thunderstorm last year and it was the weirdest thing.

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    2. Yay! I might be able to wear my new winter coat!

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  20. I love colorful gloves and have quite a few pairs but strangely, none of them are from J.Crew, I never thought they were worth the money. I usually buy mine in department stores like L&T, on sale or at discount places like TJMaxx, Century 21, etc. Recently my favorite pairs are eggplant and burgundy.
    Ooops, I never dry clean them, I just toss them out when they look worn out. It is definitely wasteful, but cheaper than dry cleaning, since I buy my gloves for about $20 a pair.

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  21. Hi Dani-Your glove/scarf pairings are so pretty, a perfect way to chase away the winter blues! I have many pairs of gloves, mostly from JC, but I had no idea they needed to be cleaned-oh dear. I will from time to time apply leather conditioner to mine and I do try to let them air out a bit between wearings. I am hoping that you are resting when you can, this mean old flu is a tough one-my dearest was sick for over a week. Take care, sweet pea.

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  22. Black and brown leather. Shearling mittens from when we lived on the East Coast. Rarely wear gloves in LA, although my painting studio is freezing and sometimes I wear wooly fingerless gloves. Never thought about cleaning any of them - hmmm. Going to Europe in March so will have to peruse my gloves actually.

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  23. Dani,
    You better come and sort me out as I had no idea that you dry clean gloves. After they take a beating I thought you toss them. I'm always learning something fron your blog. I just received the Brora gloves in cerulean and I'm in heaven. Perfect weight for the West Coast . Now if I was in Ontario Uggs would be on my hands.

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  24. Your gloves and scarf/wrap combinations are so pretty. I am a fussbudget about gloves. I always wore cashmere lined leather gloves when I worked in an office, but I've since lost & tossed (lost one, tossed the mate). But even then, they bothered me. My ring slides to the side and it would always be caught in the wrong place inside the glove. And if I bought gloves that fit right in the fingers, they felt too tight on the rest of my hand. This year I bought an odd pair of gloves that do not make me want to tear them off immediately. They are black leather on the palms (including thumb) and a burgundy wool blend on the back, from LL Bean (was going to link, but can't find them on their web site). They suit me because I've got the grippiness of leather for driving but the top doesn't feel constricting. They are not cashmere lined, you would not like the lining, it is polyester (just checked, I didn't even know before).

    I am not sure how they dry clean gloves. Would they have to turn them inside out to clean the cashmere linings?

    It is not usually cold enough to need gloves often here. If I really need them, I am on a ski slope and that is a different kind of gloves altogether. Your collection is really beautiful.

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  25. I wear gloves all the time the second it gets the least bit cold. I have used Coach leather lotion on my good gloves, and turned them inside out and cleaned the lining with a damp slightly soapy cloth. I have many pairs of J Crew cashmere gloves, but found the fingers on the leather gloves to be very narrow this year. A shame because I loved the green leather. It was surprising to me because I actually have rather slim hands. I finally realized that I find fitted leather gloves make my hands feel colder, probably because they are restricting my circulation, so I am very careful not to buy gloves that are not loose enough in the fingers. I love your pairings of scarves and gloves. Leather gloves do look elegant.

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