Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush wears gray suede gloves to play the lead in the Giuseppe Tornatore movie The Best Offer. And that is a good thing for, as I have preached in the past, black gloves are like black suits for day wear. A man can and should do better.
It is only partly with tongue in cheek that I declare that black gloves are foist upon an unsuspecting public by retailers who want more than anything beyond a good marriage for their daughters to reduce inventory. And if a man is going to have but one pair, black gloves complement his black suit. The trouble with all of this of course is that the majority of men wear their semi-formal clothes to the office during the day, and that is when black is at its least complementary. Far better, in my opinion, to have one pair of gloves in a gentleman's gray or yellow and look at one's best more often.
Men with more than one pair of dress gloves in their wardrobes do need a pair of black of course, for evenings and funerals. Those should be leather, as they usually are, because the polish of calf is at its best in the evening. Just leave them at home before dark.