Check your pockets or your purse: Do you have everything that you need to go for a drive in your fiercest wheels? You’ll definitely need your keys, and maybe your favorite pair of sunglasses. If you want to make a statement, you might also want to bring along a quality pair of driving gloves.
Since the late 19th century, a sleek pair of leather driving gloves have served as a status symbol for those wealthy enough to own a vehicle. In the beginning, men’s driving gloves were the “must-have” accessory. Once women got the vote and artists depicted “the new woman” driving an automobile, ladies’ gloves for driving were all the rage.
The Roaring 20s are here again, these fashionable accessories are making a comeback! Fashionable car-lovers the world over are keeping a good pair of luxury driving gloves on hand. You might want to add a good pair of driver’s gloves to your collection this winter, but where do you start?
We have some suggestions that can help you choose the best driving gloves before the winter hits! Keep reading to learn more about the history of this trend, and how to bring it into the 21st century!
Why Did We Start Wearing Driving Gloves?
Have you ever wondered why most cars come standard with a “glove box?” While most of us keep insurance information and tissues in there, there was once a time when they held driving gloves! In the very beginning, the glove box was the small drawer beneath the driver’s seat and migrated to the passenger side much later on.
But why wear gloves to drive at all? If you collect antique or classic cars, then you’re well aware that materials and construction have changed considerably over the years. Once upon a time, uncovered metal steering wheels in unheated cars were a problem for the average driver, who needed feeling in their fingers to steer!
The metal steering wheel was equally problematic in the summertime when the sun could make the metal dangerously warm. A good pair of driving gloves prevented burns, blisters, and slippery sweat from making driving unpleasant.
Occasionally, early automobiles came standard with wooden steering wheels, making driving gloves equally important. A good pair of leather driving gloves could prevent the driver from having to remove splinters!
Ultimately, necessity is the mother of invention – and fashion trends! Driving gloves remained a popular high-end accessory through the 1960s, long after steering wheels became more modern. Today, they serve as fashion accessories with the added benefit of keeping hands toasty in the winter and keeping oils and sweat at bay.
Men’s Leather Driving Gloves
When most men seek out a new pair of driving gloves, they’re hoping to accomplish two things. They’re looking to improve their grip on the steering wheel for added traction and to reduce vibration. The third reason, of course, is to look great behind the wheel!
If you’re hoping to achieve all three, you might consider a pair of vintage-style driving gloves. You will gain all of the benefits of a more contemporary style while matching the vibe of your favorite classic or vintage car!
Some of the most popular vintage-style driving gloves come from companies that have been in the business for generations. Consider a pair of Red Wing Heritage Driving Gloves made from genuine buckskin!
Another high-end option is a driving glove made by Engelmüller, who offers an entire Gentleman Driver Collection. Their high level of craftsmanship combines with their vintage design to create a truly superior product.
Parisian fashion brand Christophe Fenwick has also put out a unique pair of men’s vintage driving gloves. These gloves get their unique look from a combination of cotton crochet and lambskin. These organic elements give every pair a unique look that you can’t find anywhere else.
Women’s Leather Driving Gloves
Driving gloves for women have been a popular accessory since the turn of the century but got a boost during the Jazz Age. Popular images and advertisements depicted women behind the wheel, serving as an image of agency in the era of universal suffrage. No flapper or society woman wanted to be without a good pair of driving gloves to prove that she should be taken seriously!
If you want to show the patriarchy what’s what, you might want to start with a classic pair of vintage driving gloves from Riparo. These touchscreen-friendly gloves help bring classic 20’s style from the Jazz Age to the Computer Age. Likewise, you can choose a pair of Riparo’s fingerless gloves for a different approach to the trend.
Another way to elevate your style while giving a nod to this vintage trend is to choose a colorful pair of driving gloves. Wolf and Badger manufacture women’s driving gloves in several striking colors. From trendy teal to striking red, there is a pair to match your every mood!
The Latest Trend for Luxury Car Lovers
While we no longer need a pair of driving gloves to protect our hands when we hit the road, this luxury accessory definitely makes a statement. Donning a pair of winter driver gloves can help keep your hands warm and your steering wheel pristine! Choose the right pair for you and then grab your keys for a stylish, vintage nod to the history of the automobile!
Are you looking for more small ways to add a little touch of luxury to your life? Check out the rest of the blog for more posts about everything from style to cars and yachts!
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