While you may associate sumptuous knits with the winter season, cashmere knitwear is gaining a trending reputation as a summer wardrobe essential thanks to its lightweight breathability and effortless style. Part of cashmere’s allure is decidedly warm without ever becoming too hot. This fact, along with the sheer addicting luxury of cashmere, makes it an excellent addition to our summer wardrobes.
Cashmere is an ultra-fine fibre that makes up the undercoat of goats native to the Kashmir region. By its very nature, cashmere is designed to provide perfect temperature regulation as these unique animals live in some of the most challenging climates. They have to contend with extremely cold winters and much warmer summer temperatures, so their luxuriant coat is adapted to keep them comfortable all year round.
This makes it one of the most versatile natural materials in the world, and with just a few key pieces, you can create a range of looks that can be adapted to every season. (Discover more on where cashmere comes from with our guide).This week we’ll be taking a look at how you can use cashmere to elevate and add some feel-good luxury to your summer outfits.
Keep it light
It can be tempting to pick an outfit and add a cashmere outer layer as an afterthought, but this often means you’ll end up wearing an ensemble that quickly becomes too stuffy in the heat. When planning a summer look that includes cashmere knitwear, you want to use this as the foundation piece of your look to make sure everything is balanced by keeping your layers light and airy.
Mix and match your style
A lightweight, oversized cashmere jumper, such as our stunning Abigail ribbed jumper, is perfect for wearing solo with a midi skirt on cooler summer evenings or with cropped trousers and sandals for an easy-to-wear daytime look. The breathable fabric and airy, oversized fit keeps you feeling fresh in temperatures that make synthetic fibres cloying and uncomfortable, so it’s sure to become a favourite this summer.
While dense and luxuriously soft, cashmere is amazingly lightweight and lofty. This unique structure allows cool air to pass through the fabric to dissipate heat from your skin while insulating you against the warming effects of strong sunlight so you can maintain a comfortable body temperature.
Transition from day to night
The best part is that the same cashmere jumper will also keep you warm when temperatures drop in the evening. This makes it easy to mix and match all your cashmere favourites throughout the summer to create versatile looks perfect for all weather. Our luxurious cashmere and wool blend clothing for women is designed so that you can pair coordinating pieces to tailor your look, adding and removing layers when you feel too warm or cool.
One of our favourite combinations is to team a light, short sleeve blouse with our oversized cashmere cricket vest and complete the look with a coordinating cashmere scarf for an extra touch of luxury and comfort. In our ever-popular relaxed fit, the cricket oversized cashmere vest is one of the easiest morning choices you can make this summer.