Fingerless Gloves

Fingerless glovesÂ--when worn purely for adornmentÂ--we loathe ye. You bring to mind body-builders and shopping mall punks and other awkward types. Your persistence is annoying: Madonna wore lacey versions of you in her Â"Like A VirginÂ" days and last month Jared Leto wore you for a 30 Seconds to Mars concert. MadgeÂ--youÂ're fine, it was 1985, and we all make mistakes. Jordan CatalanoÂ--not so much.

Of course thereÂ's always an exception, and in this case itÂ's Karl Lagerfeld. King Karl can do whatever he likes and wear whatever he likes. However, even though he just put fingerless gloves on his recent runway and Marc Jacobs made crocheted versions for springÂ--our revulsion is not staunched. WeÂ're calling for a Time Out: Fingerless Gloves, and hope that Hot Topic hears our call.

Like legwarmers worn outside the dance studio or wallet chains attached to designer denim, the fingerless glove tries to say, Â"Hey, IÂ'm hardcore,Â" which of course means that itÂ's not. This item is only appropriate when itÂ's worn for necessityÂ--for work situations or a costume for Oliver TwistÂ--never for looks.

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