Glove sizes are measured in inches. The measurement is taken around the palm of the hand, at the base of the fingers. If your hand measures 6 1/2 inches, you wear a 6 1/2 glove. Many women like to buy gloves slightly large. (I have man hands and long fingers, and wear a 7 1/2.)
String gloves were popular in wool, cotton, nylon or rayon. Yellow, beige, or any natural color was worn with sports or riding clothes. Alternates for sports clothes are woolen gloves or mittens. "They are especially smart in black for a woman and in bright colors for teenagers." Double woven fabric, made from cotton is very thick and smooth and can barely be distinguished from suede leather. It can be washed, so it is more practical.
- Chamois can mean either natural creamy yellow color, or the actual chamois leather.
- Kid, glace kid, and glace are thin, smooth surfaced leather gloves. Fine kid has a gloss but is not usually so rich and luxurious looking.
- Pigskin is exactly what it says. Pigskin gloves are worn with sports, tailored and casual clothes.
- Ostrich, reindeer, and capeskin are also used for everyday wear.
- Suede and mocha are soft, velvety leather.
- Doeskin is similar to suede and mocha, but of lesser quality. Some doeskin gloves can be washed, but white doeskin will yellow after a few washings. Most leathers tend to stiffen with washing.
- Black sueded is lovely, but prone to "cracking" (rubbing off on your clothes).
For petite women, "shorties" (gloves that come just above the wrist) are the perfect length, in slip on, or one button style. Wear them to match your outfit, or as the only contrasting accessory - don't match gloves to purse to hat.
Perhaps flu season would go better for us if we went back to wearing gloves? I'd be ok with this, as I love gloves. All in favor, raise your (properly gloved) hand.