Girls had lace, boys had leather, but neither had fingers.
No longer for cardboard-box-dwellers anymore, fingerless gloves were the super-cool street style of the 1980s.
There was the cut-off style where only the fingertips were gone or the complete fingerless style where the glove ended at the knuckle line, leaving your fingers free from constriction.
Whatever the style, you weren’t really 80s cool without a pair of fingerless gloves.
Madonna inspired the street-sexy style with dainty lace in fashion colours. White lace, black lace – sure, we’d seen it before. But what about hot pink, neon green, and fluorescent yellow?
Short, long, two colours worn one over the other – there were no limits to the allure of lace gloves when you were a material girl.
Boys had their own version of fingerless gloves that conveyed power, strength, and street cred.
Breakdancers used cut-off leather gloves for protection as they rotated on their hands, allowing them to still maintain a grip when waving across the floor as ‘the worm’, while Metalheads donned black leather driving style gloves that made their hands look really awesome during their lightning-fast air-guitar riffs.