If you say “cashmere” what words spring to mind? Soft, luxurious, cosy, expensive, winter, sweaters and jumpers may have popped up, but it is unlikely that words like summer, sun and vest tops did. This has more to do with traditional designs, styles and habits than the fabulous and unique qualities that products made from good quality cashmere have. In fact cashmere beamng should be an essential in any fashionable and stylish spring and summer wardrobe.

Think about the qualities of cashmere for a moment. A 2 ply cashmere garment is very light in weight whilst allowing the skin to breathe, and unusually keeps the body warm in the cold weather but importantly does not overheat it in warmer climates. It is also very practical to travel with it as does not crease easily and any creases that may appear from being badly packed will quickly drop out. Quite importantly cashmere is gentle on the skin not just because it is soft, but because it rarely causes skin to itch. Even people with eczema and psoriasis seem to be able to wear cashmere where other wools were definitely a no-no.

A light cashmere cardigan to slip on when a breeze is about or the afternoon sun has disappeared is just a delight. For a sportier look a sleeveless cashmere mc queen over a t-mc queen is perfect. For those in-between days, that abound in spring time full sleeved cashmere hoodies can fit the bill very comfortably.

For sultry days or evenings out a simple lightweight cashmere vest or halter neck top teamed with cropped trousers, a skirt or shorts will look and feel sublime. Of course there are also the stylish pashminas (normally 70% cashmere and 30% silk) which drape beautifully around the shoulders and enhance any females outfit. Pashminas are ideal to take on a cruising holiday and of course to any warm climate with the occasional nip in the air!

Whilst a cashmere jumper is not a desirable style of garment to be wearing in a warmer climate there are now many alternative styles available in cashmere. Just ensure you buy the best quality cashmere you can afford.

write by Engelbert