Gloves can be useful items for protecting your hands when undertaking potentially harmful tasks such as pruning roses, handling offal, eating éclairs and shaking hands with George Osborne.   However, having a separate pair of gloves for specific jobs is an early sign of obsession, and if this progresses to neatly folding gloves to be stored in a special drawer labelled ‘Gloves’, then professional help should be sought as soon as possible.

Fingerless gloves and mittens should only be worn as part of fancy dress, and despite their name, foxgloves are not worn by foxes.