Since the 16th century, hand muffs have been a
womenswear winter fashion accessory.
These hand-warmers were cylindrical shaped,
opened at both ends and made of luxury fur or fabric-
decidedly a dress trend of the wealthy (and royalty!).
(image from houseeffg.org):
Miniature of British monarch, Queen Elizabeth I
a fashion icon of her her era
holding at black muff, 1586
(Bodleian Library, Oxford)
(image from fashion-era.com):
Woman holding a fur muff, 1639
Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries they were worn
by women and men alike.
(images from info-fabrics.net):
Fashionable lady and gentleman sporting hand muffs, 18th century
However by the 20th century, hand-muffs had evolved into
a mostly women focused accessory.
(image from the dreamstress):
A lady carrying large white fur muff, 19th century
(image for lookandlearn.com):
Hand muff fashion (1912) , rolls into the 20th century
During the chilly season of a/w 2014,
allow gloves and mitts to ‘fashion-hibernate.
Revive the hand muff as signature winter warmer wear
for keeping frosty fingers toasty warm.
And why limit muff-wear to hand cover? Alternate use of a woolen scarf with a
faux fur ‘body muff’ for added warmth and style factor.
(images from style.com):
Muffs: winter-warmers for a/w 2014
Faux fur hand muffs
from designer, Christopher Raeburn
Faux fur ‘body muffs’
from designer, Eudon Choi