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I just saw the new Spiderman this weekend and like a lot of people, I thought to myself, “Great movie,” “I see a sequel,” and “I see a fashion trend.”
I mean fingerless gloves, of course.
In several of the scenes, Peter Parker, played by Andrew Garfield, wears fingerless gloves and shirts with thumbholes in the sleeves so they cover his wrists. I wondered if I was the only one who noticed. I have some fingerless gloves already, but the shirts are another story. I thought the shirts were very cool, so I made a mental note to do some sleuthing when I got home.
While I was looking for information and pictures from the movie I came across a website called superherohype.com.
In addition to pictures, I found a chat that seemed to be sort of a debate on the same subject: the fingerless gloves and why the character wore them. The posts and the replies were entertaining, interesting, and pointed out a few things that made me laugh at myself.
I could wait for the DVD to re-trace Spiderman’s wardrobe choices, or make it a project to search out the answer. Was Peter Parker merely hiding his gadgets or making a fashion statement? Was it deliberate? Did I just see the birth of a trend?
What’s interesting is if this trend takes off, it will get equal time with the sexes. Men have always worn fingerless gloves too, but it’s women who usually wear them for fashion rather than function, like they did in the ’80s. It’s as if we trade off every couple of decades or so. For example, Wikipedia notes during the time of the romans men wore them for function, needing their digits exposed. Think of Ebenezer Scrooge, who was supposed to be a banker, so he could count his money.
It may take a minute to see what happens with the sleeves and fingerless glove trend, but with other trends from the ’80s getting attention, the movie, and fall just around the corner, it makes sense to me.
The movie may tempt you to wear a pair now, but I suggest you wait until the weather cools down. Fingerless gloves may not seem like the most practical thing for warmth, but obviously if you need your digits exposed for some reason, or to hide your spidey skills, you will see they are quite functional.