Summer Cashmere: 5 Must-Have Pieces

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

You may associate cashmere with the coldest days of winter, but summer cashmere is actually the more versatile buy. Summer cashmere, due to its lightweight weave and designs that venture beyond the basic sweater shape, can be used in more interesting ways.

A lightweight cashmere cardigan is perfect for fending off the air conditioned chill of a summer office, and can also be layered with a tee shirt and a blazer for a fall look that is fashion-forward and perfect for a busy day darting in and out of heated buildings. Similarly, a cashmere tee adds a luxe touch to summer shorts, but could be paired with a long, gown-style skirt for a winter formal occasion.

Ready to add a multi-useful summer cashmere piece (or two) to your wardrobe? Check out these must-have finds:

A feather-weight cashmere cardigan is a piece that every woman should have in her closet. A neutral shade will serve you well in a variety of situations, while a stand out color will become an icing-on-the-cake kind of topper for your otherwise plain-Jane outfits. This cardigan is available in 14 colors.

J.Crew Featherweight Cashmere Cardigan

→ Buy the J.Crew Featherweight Cashmere Cardigan, $178.00, at

This lightweight cashmere scarf/ wrap serves a variety of uses. Keep it in your office for particularly chilly air conditioner days, and take it on your vacation to stay warm on the airplane.

Neiman Marcus Ultra Lightweight Cashmere Scarf

→ Buy the Neiman Marcus Ultra Lightweight Cashmere Scarf, $225.00, at

A cashmere tee will instantly add a layer of luxe to any summer outfit, from shorts to skirts to cropped jeans.

J.Crew Cashmere Tee Shirt

→ Buy the J.Crew Cashmere Tee Shirt, $148.00, at

A pretty, lightweight cashmere blouse is perfect for wearing to the office during the summer, and will layer nicely once the temperature starts dropping.

Autumn Cashmere Button Back V-Neck

→ Buy the Autumn Cashmere Button Back V-Neck, $85.39 (was $253.00), at

A hooded, open-front cashmere cardigan is perfect for a day at the beach. When the cool night air settles in, throw this on over your bikini and head over to the bonfire.

vkoo Hooded Cashmere Open Cardigan

→ Buy the vkoo Hooded Cashmere Open Cardigan, $135.00 (was $450.00), at