Winter, sometimes is a hard season to embrace.
Many of us are sun worshippers and love nothing more than sun kissed skin and strolling barefoot on the sand.
Unfortunately even in the Southern hemisphere we have to deal with low temperatures, although it’s never too extreme.
Personally I love the change of seasons and the chance to mix up my fashion choices. I adore a good coat and a fabulous pair of boots.
But let’s not forget about the humble glove, which during its history has glowed from Downton to Down Under, from Breakfast at Tiffany’s to anywhere with style.
And Marilyn’s diamonds certainly wouldn’t have glittered and glowed without them…
This year I was lucky enough to receive the most gorgeous pair of leather gloves for my birthday.
I had spied them while in Venice, Italy on my travels in January but alas it was the last night we would be there and the boutique was closed.
I did a bit of detective work and located the store for my lovely friend who surprised me with them, needless to say I was absolutely thrilled.
They are the softest of black leather lined in silk, and reach to just below the elbow so there are no gaps between glove and coat cuff.
Leather is a popular choice for winter gloves and if you are happy to spend a little more, well worth the investment.
Think timeless design, and classic shades such as black, forest green, navy or oxblood all of which would work with nearly every other shade.
Some leather gloves will be lined in lambswool, cashmere or sheepskin.
Think carefully about how cold it gets in your neck of the woods before splashing out on a pair you’ll only get two weeks use a year, as they will be too hot otherwise.
Woollen gloves are just divine, and come in all colours of the rainbow. Being a lower price point, one can have a few different shades to mix and match.
High street stores usually have a fun selection as do department stores such as Target and K-Mart, so warmth doesn’t need to break the bank.
I also love the fingerless style.
These are really practical as they keep your hands warm whilst being able to access phones, pens and computers, which is so important these days.
Gloves aren’t just for fashion, they are a practical accessory too.
Could you imagine being on a motorbike without gloves, or going skiing, snowboarding or iceskating and not keeping those digits warm?
Really there is something to suit everyone’s needs and tastes.
So as we dive into the depths of Australia’s winter it’s time to slip those delicate, or very masculine fingers into the perfect fit.
I know mine are going to be shown off this week, how about yours?
Jo Bayley, Fashion Elixir, The Culture Concept Circle, 2016