How to Measure Glove Size

how to measure glove size

Written by Sonia Su

When I first set out to find the perfect pair of gloves, I quickly realized that knowing my exact hand size was essential.

The fit of a glove can greatly affect both comfort and functionality, whether for everyday wear, work, or a specific sport. After all, just like how an ill-fitting shirt can feel, most of us know how uncomfortable an ill-fitting glove can be. Check out Nimble Made's slim-fit dress shirts to help you look your best.

Measuring your hand size accurately ensures that you select gloves that fit snugly, provide proper dexterity, and offer optimal protection.

In this article, I will guide you through the simple process of how to measure your hand and understand glove size charts, so you can confidently find your perfect gloves for any purpose.


How to Care for Gloves

Caring for gloves properly ensures they last longer and maintain their functionality. Here are some tips on how to care for your gloves and other important considerations:


Leather Gloves: Use a damp cloth to wipe off dirt and stains. Avoid soaking them in water. Apply a leather conditioner regularly to keep them supple.

black gloves

Fabric Gloves: Check the care label. Most fabric gloves can be machine-washed on a gentle cycle with mild detergent. Air dry them to prevent shrinking.

Rubber or Latex Gloves: Wash with mild soap and water after each use. Ensure they are completely dry before storing to prevent mold and mildew.


  • Do not wring them out: This can distort their shape. Instead, gently squeeze out excess water and reshape them.
  • Air Dry: Lay them flat on a towel or hang them to air dry. Avoid using direct heat sources like radiators or hairdryers, which can damage the material.

fabric gloves


  • Keep them in a cool, dry place: Store gloves away from direct sunlight and moisture to prevent fading and mildew.
  • Use a glove box or drawer: Keeping gloves in a designated place helps maintain their shape and prevents loss.

Other Important Tips

  • Avoid contact with chemicals: Chemicals can degrade the material of gloves, especially leather and fabric ones. If you handle chemicals regularly, use specialized protective gloves.
  • Rotate use: If you wear them daily, consider having multiple pairs to rotate. This reduces wear and tear on a single pair.
  • Regular inspection: Check your gloves regularly for signs of wear, such as holes or thinning material, and replace them if necessary to ensure proper protection.

By following these care tips, you can extend the lifespan of your gloves and ensure they remain comfortable and effective for all your needs.

men's gloves


How to Find Your Glove Size

To measure glove size, follow these steps:

  1. Use a flexible fabric tape measure.

  2. Wrap the tape measure around the widest part of your hand, just below the knuckles, excluding the thumb.

  3. Record the circumference in inches.


Women's and Men's Glove Size Chart

Here's a chart for glove sizes from 6 to 12 inches:

Hand Circumference (inches)

Glove Size (unisex)

Men’s Size

Women’s Size

6-7 inches




7-8 inches




8-9 inches




9-10 inches




10-11 inches




11-12 inches





This chart provides a general guideline for matching hand circumference to glove sizes. If your hand measures slightly different, use the larger of your two measurements to determine your corresponding glove size on the chart.

Adjust the size based on the fit preference and the specific glove brand, as glove sizing can vary slightly.

Depending on some brands and gloves, you may consider measuring from the bottom edge of your palm to the tip of your middle finger.

glove sizing chart
If you liked this article, check out Nimble Made's other helpful guides on accessory sizing and body measurements:

Here are also quality men's accessories to pair with your gloves, including this Brown Leather Card Holder Wallet and these classic black dress socks.


Frequently Asked Questions about How to Measure Glove Size

How do I know my glove size?

To find your glove size, measure the circumference of your dominant hand just below the knuckles (excluding the thumb) using a soft measuring tape. Compare this hand measurement to a glove size chart, which typically corresponds to the measurement in inches.

What size glove is 7 inches?

A glove size of 7 inches typically corresponds to a size Small for women and an Extra Small for men. This measurement is taken around the knuckles of the dominant hand, excluding the thumb.

What glove size is 8 inches?

A glove size of 8 inches typically corresponds to a medium size for men and a large size for women. Using a tape measure, this measurement is taken around the widest part of the hand, usually just below the knuckles.

What glove size is 10 inches?

A glove size of 10 inches typically corresponds to a size XL (Extra Large) in standard sizing for both men and women. Glove sizes are usually determined by using a measuring tape to measure the circumference of the hand around the knuckles and exclude thumb.

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