Lightweight Cashmere for Summer

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Summer Weather Can Be Unpredictable So Bundle up With Lightweight Cashmere

Living through Canadian weather is tough in the winter months, but can be really unpredictable in Summer as well. The highs and lows in any given month can waver from below 10ºC (50ºF) to upwards of 40ºC (104ºF) and above. I try to never complain about the weather but am secretly a wuss when it comes to breezy chilled Summer days. So to avoid complaining too much and whimpering like a babe, I simply throw on a lightweight sweater to contest the cold. I can’t control the weather but I can control my wardrobe.

When shopping for a lightweight knit I checked out the cotton options, wool, alpaca, and man made synthetics but found them all lacking. Cotton is often knitted too thinly, wool and alpaca can be scratchy and uncomfortable (especially since it’s Summer and I want to wear the knit with nothing underneath. The man-made synthetics just don’t breathe and so I was left looking for something else. Lightweight cashmere.

Cashmere breathes like light knit cotton but has a warmth that envelops you when a light breeze tries to pilfer your heat. Not all cashmere is as soft as the next so you really have to shop for it and find the right blend but the key to a great cashmere is to do a simple softness test. By rubbing the cashmere on the inside of our forearm you will see in a quick second how comfortable it will feel against your skin. This way you can wear just the sweater in the dead of Summer and not want to scratch your flesh off. Remember, more expensive cashmere does not equal a softer knit.

I like to pair my near weightless cashmere with a rolled up skinny dress pant in a lighter weight, and finish the look with sockless loafers and a layered watch look with matching necklace. When wearing cashmere you immediately bump your look up a notch because of the distinct softness that can be seen (and more importantly felt) when it comes to the luxurious knit. It’s subtle but opulent, deluxe but necessary.

What I’m Wearing
Watch by Guess
Sweater by Theory
Wooden prayer beads on wrist and around my neck are from the Beijing Panjiayuan Antique Market
Pants by Topman
Loafers by Gucci

Photos by Matthew St. James


  1. marc de Paris says

    Your loafers are works of art. I wish you could give lessons of elegance to frenchmen this summer!

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