Cool Down in Cashmere

Your Secret Weapon For Transitioning To Fall

Summer is winding down and while you’re running to catch those last rays on the beach, we want to make sure you’re stylishly segueing into Autumn. A tricky thing about the next few weeks is going to be dressing for the temperature. Sometimes it’s hot, sometimes it’s cool. As the Northeast is notorious for bumpy transitions between seasons, we think one of the best things you can put on your body is cashmere. Aside from being among the most luxurious textiles you can find, it’s cozy for colder weather, yet not too bulky or thick for those days when the warmth lingers. We’ve found some of the most dapper cashmere pieces on offer this season.

SWEATERS

A cashmere v-neck sweater is an essential for any man’s wardrobe, particularly for the Autumn. Whether you’re wearing a v-neck tee underneath or a collared shirt, it classes things up, while keeping your vibe gentle and approachable. Everlane’s cashmere v-neck is both affordable and impeccably made. We love the deep plum, which can be paired beautifully with a pair of jeans or a tailored pair of slacks. That said, there is a plethora of colors to choose from.

Cardigans are a spectacular mid- layer piece that can also serve as a sort of jacket when things shift into Autumn. J. Crew’s deep forest green cardigan in cashmere is an homage to the splendor of the changing seasons. This same sweater is also available in both heather grey and navy, pairing exquisitely with a crisp, white button down. As an added bonus, custom monogramming is available as well.

What would the transition between seasons be without mentioning perhaps the most tried and true item in anyone’s arsenal? We’re talking about hoodies, gents. The Men’s Store at Bloomingdale’s has a luxe cashmere zip-up that will cradle you from summer and into the fall. Made from refined cashmere and accented with a handsome leather zipper tab, it’s touchably soft and is available in heather grey, jet black and rich navy.

 

SHIRTS

If a sweater turns out to be a bit much or if you want something other than just pure cotton against your skin, pick up a scalloped- hemmed tee from Charlie. With a barely-there feel, the melange cashmere blend will keep you cool and comfortable. If you’re after something a touch dressier than just a tee, N.Peal’s Fine Gauge polo is a Mongolian cashmere blended with buttery smooth silk.

N.Peal has come to be one of the leading brands for cashmere Lightweight and breathable, it’s available in navy blue, midnight blue, and purple- pink, all of which are detailed with a fumo grey stripe along the hem of the sleeves. Hong Kong-based clothier, The Armoury, has a cashmere-blend button-down in deep Navy. Hand made in Italy, it’s truly a cross-continental piece, complete with scalloped mother-of- pearl buttons.

 

OUTERWEAR

As things get colder out, it’s important to keep yourself outfitted with the right layers. Our necks are one of the most vulnerable parts on our body, affecting our overall body temperature in a big way. The solution? Scarves. They keep us warm, yes, but they also can breathe some life to what could be an otherwise dull or forgettable look. Of course, the market has been saturated by imitation cashmere, so it’s important to check before you buy. Doing a rubbing test is an easy means of checking this, as acrylic or poly- blends accumulate static electricity, whereas cashmere will not.

Burberry’s Classic Check scarf is a true cashmere treasure that pairs exceedingly well with any look. Dress up some simple jeans and sneakers or launch into a more elegant stratosphere by draping it over the structure of a blazer. Tom Ford’s Herringbone Cashmere-Blend Two- Button Jacket bears a classic cut, with a few contemporary accents, such as a pair of patch pockets right in front.