The 30 Best Women's Winter Gloves for Every Occasion

Whether you're bundling up for a formal occasion or a long day on the slopes.

A Fashion Week guest is seen wearing big silver hoop earrings, black sunglasses from Celine, a long black blazer with a rhinestone ribbon as a belt, underneath a transparent skirt with black pattern, shiny silver gloves, a black leather bag from Prada and black leather heels from Maison Margiela outside before the Christian Siriano Show on September 08, 2023 in New York City.
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Many of us dread the onset of winter. Frigid temperatures, inclement weather, and shorter days fill many with sadness and resignation, but it's important to remember that there are also myriad elements to love about the season. I love winter fashion, with its cozy cable-knit sweaters, funky puffer coats, and sky-high boots. I also love that colder temperatures offer a more significant opportunity to accessorize. Pieces like hats and cashmere scarves are, indeed, necessities when it's freezing outside, but they're also exciting touches that can breathe life into an outfit. One accessory I intend to elevate this winter is the winter glove—a staple for anyone who braves the cold, wind, and snow.

Winter gloves serve many functions. When worn in terrible weather or during winter sports, gloves keep hands from growing dry, cracked, and numb. At the same time, elevated options (mainly leather and fur-lined numbers) lend elegance to any look. For optimal form and functionality, it's best to invest in gloves that will keep your hands as warm as possible, allow you to function while wearing them, and fit in with the rest of your wardrobe.

"High-quality items, in general, are items we love and want to use repeatedly," agrees Ellinor Sedig, designer and product developer at Hestra Gloves. "We believe that if you can, buy high quality and less. That is sustainability!"

But the most suitable glove depends on the occasion, your personal preferences, and what you're wearing. For that reason, we've broken down the basics about every type of glove and explained how to find premium pairs of each option. Say goodbye to cold hands—and to bland winter dressing.

Finding the Best Gloves for You

Several types of gloves are available on the market, made from different fabrics and boasting varying levels of warmth. Therefore, when searching for your next set of winter gloves, it's essential to consider what activities you'll be partaking in while you wear them.

"The consumer should consider the use of the glove and their everyday life," agrees Sedig. "For example, am I biking to work and eating out for lunch? Then maybe a washable glove is preferred, or a glove with removable, washable lining to feel fresh even off the bicycle saddle. What are the weather conditions where I live? A waterproof and windproof glove is important to keep the hands warm if it rains a lot. If the consumer lives in a frigid city, choose a glove with insulation, not only a glove with lining."

Above all, she says, invest in gloves made from premium materials. Not only will this extend your gloves' lifespan, but it will also save you money in the long run.

Best Leather Gloves

Leather is one of the main fabrics that Sedig recommends for lasting, high-performance winter gloves.

"Each hand is unique, and using your glove makes it a perfect fit for your hands," she explains. "Leather, compared with other materials, only becomes more and more soft and comfortable when wearing."

She notes that Hestra makes several leather gloves with this philosophy in mind, saying it's best "to make gloves that the consumer can wear for a long, long time and wear together with their favorite jackets or coats in all different occasions appearing in their lives." Leather, in particular, transcends trends "but still feels current," according to Sedig, and can come in several colors and styles, so you can rest assured that you'll find something that "you'll like for a long time and that goes well with your wardrobe."

Regarding the best occasion to wear leather gloves, she advises opting for the fabric when taking public transportation or walking short distances, noting that in these situations, "weatherproof and washability isn't as important." She suggests opting for a leather glove with wool lining for added warmth.

Best Wool Gloves

Wool is one of the most popular fabrics for winter gloves. It's warm, more animal-friendly than leather, and doesn't require breaking in.

"Wool is a fantastic fabric," attests Sedig. "Wool makes you warm when it's cold outside, it gets warm in wet conditions, and it has a cooling effect when you are too warm. It has self-cleaning attributes as well!"

She adds that wool gloves can feature wool entirely or be made from another fabric while featuring a wool lining. The latter is excellent, she says, for frigid temperatures.

"Style [wool gloves] with your overshirt, a lightweight jacket, a pile- or fleece sweater, or a trench coat," she suggests.

Best Fur-Lined Gloves

As Sedig mentioned, fur-lined (including faux fur-lined) gloves are perfect for those who need an extra layer of warmth during the cold months. She also points out that wool-lined options, referred to as "lamb fur-lined" gloves, are great fur alternatives that "keep your hands very warm and give you a very soft and comfortable feeling."

Best Fingerless Gloves

Consider a pair of fingerless gloves for a sporty, functional look that's perfect for transitional weather.

"Fingerless gloves are perfect for wearing layers," says Seldig. "In between seasons, an underlayer isn't even needed. But for colder days, wear the tube over your 5-finger glove or mitten, and you will feel cozy. Half-finger gloves also do that for you, making you feel dressed but dressed down and cozy."

Best Athletic Winter Gloves

Whether you love skiing, snowboarding, cycling, or running during winter, you will need a hot pair of gloves to prevent frostbite and discomfort. For snow sports, Seldig advises, "Choose a glove with a removable lining if you sweat a lot or get wet due to weather conditions. It's easy to take out to dry or exchange for a spare lining. The linings are also part of our gloves that gets worn out first, and then you can buy a new lining instead of a pair of new gloves after some seasons on the slopes!"

She also suggests ski gloves with reinforcement patches in their palms since those areas "normally get worn out first." Those patches, she says, should be made of leather or other durable fabrics. It would be best to look for gloves with good grip when cycling. Opt for a lined yet lightweight, sweat-wicking pair of performance gloves for running.

Meet the Expert

Ellinor Sedig
Ellinor Sedig

Ellinor Sedig is a designer and product developer at Hestra. She is currently based in Sweden.

Gabrielle Ulubay
Beauty Writer

Gabrielle Ulubay is a Beauty Writer at Marie Claire. She has also written about sexual wellness, politics, culture, and fashion at Marie Claire and at publications including The New York Times, HuffPost Personal, Bustle, Alma, Muskrat Magazine, O'Bheal, and elsewhere. Her personal essay in The New York Times' Modern Love column kickstarted her professional writing career in 2018, and that piece has since been printed in the 2019 revised edition of the Modern Love book. Having studied history, international relations, and film, she has made films on politics and gender equity in addition to writing about cinema for Film Ireland, University College Cork, and on her personal blog, Before working with Marie Claire, Gabrielle worked in local government, higher education, and sales, and has resided in four countries and counting. She has worked extensively in the e-commerce and sales spaces since 2020, and spent two years at Drizly, where she developed an expertise in finding the best, highest quality goods and experiences money can buy.

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