My only practical purchases in my recent splurge was a pair of bright pink fingerless gloves, which are essential for my daily cycling. Unless is gets really cold and snows, then fingerless gloves keep your hands warm and afford good handling of ones bicycle!
The other item is a pair of plum arm warmers. I like to wear just a short sleeve or sleeveless top and coat as the train and tube get so stuffy when commuting, but on the bike I need to keep my arms warm. Now I can still wear a short sleeve top under my coat but add warmth when I need it. Crazy huh!
Gloves and arm warmers - Toast