One subject we’ve yet to cover in much detail is the cold weather staple of gloves. These handy (get the pun?) finger-sleeves keep your extremities warm in the harshest of conditions.

But how do you account for style when your digits are freezing over. Follow this easy to use four-step guide and your fashion fears will be gone. As always, feel free to leave a comment below if you have any queries, questions, points of contention or any other observations.

Step One: Material

If you don’t yet own a pair of gloves, you want to focus on buying supple leather; nothing will match your wardrobe staples quite as elegantly. Remember, just like all your other leather garments, the proper care routine should be followed; don’t leave your damp gloves on top of a radiator, or they’ll dry out too quickly and crack.

If you don’t fancy cow hide, then there are plenty of imitation leather versions you can buy – plus these are often cheaper than the real deal, so those on a tight budget might want to consider them too!

Step Two: Colour

There are only two colours you should be considering: black or brown. These adaptable shades will complement pretty much everything that you own; if you own an overcoat in either shade, you’ll probably find matching the tone in your gloves will work a treat.

John Lewis Cashmere Lined Gloves

Step Three: Lining

The lining of your glove is probably just as important as the outer casing; potentially, your hands could be sitting against the inner fabric for the whole day, so ensuring you get the best quality material is essential.

For my money, soft cashmere is the only way to go. It’s lightweight but intensely warm, and its durable nature will ensure you receive many years of service from them.

Yes, you will pay a little more than you would for cotton or wool, but ultimately, you’re better served with the extra warmth long term.

Step Four: Size

Make sure your gloves fit correctly. Hand sizes are typically measured in inches around the circumference of the upper palm of the dominant hand, excluding the thumb; be sure to measure accurately before hitting the shops.

Keep in mind when choosing your gloves that a svelte fit will give you greater grip control and prevent the unnaturally swollen feel you get from thicker gloves.

About The Author

Johnathan Bell is the founder, owner and main author of Guy Style Guide, a website dedicated to everyday male fashion, style and grooming. The primary mission? To guide clueless men through the tricky mindfield that is the growing world of male couture. Find him on , Twitter and Tumblr.