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From opera to mitten: These are the 3 types of gloves you need for winter

By Josefin Forsberg

All white at Jil Sander autumn/winter 2021

Photo: Vogue Runway

In every woman's wardrobe, there should be a variety of warming winter essentials. Here, Vogue Scandinavia has found the three types of gloves you need this season and the best ways to style them

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With considered styling it is completely possible to make runway ready looks work in our everyday lives. From fuzzy tote-bags to logo tights, the panache and pomp of fashion month permeates and inspires the most mundane details of our wardrobes. When every detail is carefully considered, it is sure to exude a certain sartorial gravitas in every element of an outfit.

This season was no exception. On the autumn/winter catwalks we saw elevated gloves en masse. Narrowing down the many iterations, we identified three types of gloves that will help us through the winter months: The classic black leather glove, the long-length opera glove, and the textured fuzzy mitten. Knowing that some of the styles can be tricky to wear, we went one step further and sourced plenty of ways to style them.

Below, our guide to the three gloves to winter-proof your wardrobe:

The classic black glove

Black gloves at Dolce & Gabbana autumn/winter 2021

Dolce & Gabbana autumn/winter 2021. Photo: Vogue Runway

Sportmax autumn/winter 2021

Sportmax autumn/winter 2021. Photo: Vogue Runway

Black gloves at Ami autumn/winter 2021

Ami autumn/winter 2021. Photo: Vogue Runway

A black leather glove is as much of a basic as a white cotton t-shirt, a crisp shirt, or a tailored trouser. It's a timeless classic to cherish throughout the seasons. If chosen wisely, the right glove has the potential to survive for decades when properly cared for.

This season we saw the style paired with sharp, monochromatic tailoring. At Dolce & Gabbana, a certain office-appropriate aesthetic caught our eye. Bare legs – although rare this time of year – played off a demure navy jacket, showing only a sliver of skin above the black leather gloves. Sportmax's mannish chocolate suit styled with buttery leather had us salivating, while Ami's wintery whites created beautiful contrast when paired with black accessories.


Short leather gloves

Black leather gloves

H&M

SHOP NOWEUR 25
Leather gloves

Weekday

SHOP NOWEUR 30
Glove with pearl trim

Manokhi

SHOP NOWEUR 299
Leather glove

Salvatore Ferragamo

SHOP NOWEUR 427
Megan gloves

Hestra

SHOP NOWEUR 75
Maya gloves

Gucci

SHOP NOWEUR 430

The full length opera gloves

All black look at Courrèges autumn/winter 2021 runway

Courrèges autumn/winter 2021. Photo: Vogue Runway

All white at Jil Sander autumn/winter 2021

Jil Sander autumn/winter 2021. Photo: Vogue Runway

Graphic print worn with black glove at David Koma autumn/winter 2021

David Koma autumn/winter 2021. Photo: Vogue Runway

A plethora of opera gloves was seen on almost every runway. Although the exuberance of this glamorous glove is reminiscent of a night at the theatre, the style works surprisingly well in our everyday lives. The perfect way to keep warm while bracing for the cold evenings paired with evening cocktail attire, or layered under voluminous sleeves when we hit freezing temperatures, the opera glove has proven to be a functional addition to our closets.

With that said, we know styling such a statement piece can be daunting. Why not extend the sartorial life of your summer tops with a long glove à la Courrèges? Giving the cold shoulder has never looked so good. David Koma opted to pair his leather glove layered over a long-sleeved dress in a graphic print, while Jil Sander mastered the art of the 'scrunch'.


Long gloves

Long gloves

Jil Sander

SHOP NOWEUR 450
Leather long gloves

Cos

SHOP NOWEUR 88
Half-moon gloves

Marine Serre

SHOP NOWEUR 340
Essentials extra long glove

Handsome Sthlm

SHOP NOWEUR 300
Long suede gloves

Brunello Cucinelli

SHOP NOWEUR 960
Zipper glove

Prada

SHOP NOWEUR 1428

The textured mitten

Fuzzy mitten at Givenchy autumn/winter 2021

Givenchy autumn/winter 2021. Photo: Vogue Runway

Knit gloves at Acne Studios autumn/winter 2021

Acne Studios autumn/winter 2021. Photo: Acne Studios

Fuzzy mittens at Miu Miu autumn/winter 2021

Miu Miu autumn/winter 2021. Photo: Vogue Runway

While abroad, a black leather glove might be enough, but in the Nordics – where we often hit below freezing temperatures – we truly appreciate a stylish rendition of the mitten. The textured glove works just as well in the wilderness as in the city.

As per usual, we favour a fuzzy rendition of the style. Givenchy made the mitten office appropriate with colour-matched tailoring, while Miu Miu's elbow length faux fur version was made for outdoor adventures. Acne Studios blue fuzzy filangee scarf and matching dress – personified the Swedish sensibility in staying warm and cosy over the winter season.


Textured gloves

Wool-blend mittens

Acne Studios

SHOP NOWEUR 150
Faux fur glove

Apparis

SHOP NOWEUR 90
Ombrato alpaca, wool and silk mittens

Max Mara

SHOP NOWEUR 139
Cable-knit mitten

N.Peal

SHOP NOWEUR 137
Shearling glove

Bottega Veneta

SHOP NOWEUR 655
Khaki faux fur glove

Miu Miu

SHOP NOWEUR 390

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