Big and tall winter wear: gloves

You’re reading the first installment of Chubstr’s month long Big Men’s Winter Wear Series, putting a spotlight on stylish winter clothes in extended sizes. We’re covering everything from head to toe, with gloves kicking things off. Read more below.

There’s no getting around it. In most parts of the country it’s getting cold, and quickly. Gloves are necessary when cold weather hits, both for function and looks. We’ve done the hard work for you and narrowed down the glove selection to 3 variations that are perfect for any occasion.

The Knit Glove.
A casual Variation of our cold weather friend.


When you mention knit gloves, sometimes the image of a big bulky glove with a snowflake comes to mind (you know, the ones with the matching hat?). Here we’re talking about a finer gauge wool that’s soft, looks good and yes, is warm. This awesome pair from J.Crew give the look of casual knit wool and feature built-in “smart phone functionality” without the weird silver tipped finger. Perfect for when the urge to Instagram a snowflake hits. Pair this glove with a barn coat, quilted jacket, or peacoat.

The Ski Glove.
Warm. Dry. Ready to Go.

Columbia Gloves

Let it be known that the Ski Glove should only be worn for, well, skiing and any winter outdoor activity like sledding, snowmobiling, or dreaded snow shoveling. A few qualities to look are breathability, warmth and the ability to repel water. A steadfast go-to are the Columbia Whirlibird Gloves. They tick all of the above-mentioned boxes while retaining a rather slim fit for a ski glove. An added bonus is the cuff and elastic that fits over your sleeve. Remember, these gloves should only be worn with a parka, squall coat, or ski jacket.

The Leather Glove.
Classic and Sophisticated.

Coach Gloves

Your Dad has been doing it right all these years. A good pair of black leather gloves is your trump card. They can pull together a look perfectly when wearing an overcoat, car coat or wool trench. Leather gloves should be considered an investment piece; this isn’t time something you should try to buy cheap. Coach, who makes some of the finest leather around, has a wide variety of winter gloves. Their classic Basic Nappa Gloves, in Black or Fawn, are cashmere lined and sophisticated without being stuffy. Truly a piece that will be in style for years to come.

Not sure where to start? Here are a few winter glove buying tips:

  • Try on different sizes to ensure the proper fit. Gloves that are too big will be frustrating and bulky.
  • Stick with natural fibers and materials to keep hands warm but not sweaty.
  • Make sure to keep leather gloves dry and condition the leather before and after each season.

Which type of winter glove works best for you? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

Featured photo of man and dog by Logantech on flickr.

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Tyler Jacobs

Great article, Matt! Loved reading it. :)

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I've shopped old navy and seems like they are one of the only people that try remotely to cater to plus size mens clothing, however i find their jeans fit wonderful through the thigh area but not so much through the legs... i wear a 46 to where the jeans fit they look good, but i have found that the leg area they use too much fabric... even when I've tried their slim & skinny jeans. I just wish that they would test more and try making them look more tailored, without them being to tight or to big through the leg. I feel like a lot of stores really don't pay attention to this side of the size spectrum, probably because it costs them money. You don't see very many extended sizes in store for some reason and what you do find a lot of the time is over sized generic clothing basically drapes which seems like they guessed at what the size it might look like. Although stores like Casual Male XL has decent clothing... and you can find most extended sizes, its completely over priced, and since I'm young i do feel like they don't have styles current with younger generations, feel sorta like shopping with my dad. Although  it might seem like I'm bitter, not gonna lie kinda am I'll take what i can get and make it work, just wish some of these companies would pay us big guys and gals a little more attention and give us something stylish current and with a great fit!
I love wearing socks but sometimes wanna try to not wearing it but still doesn't find the shoes that match with pants. Yea brogues is nice. Great explanation and answers U0001f44d
Azharul Azhar
Yeah Mathew!
Azharul Azhar