Ultra-lightweight knits present a luxurious solution to the unpredictable British weather.

By Georgia Ridout

If there’s one fashion myth that should be debunked, it’s that cashmere only comes out in winter.

Despite extended daylight hours and the presence of Pimm’s in every pub, British weather is changeable to say the least, and on those chilly mornings before the sun has gained its strength or when the goosebumps come up as the sun goes down, linens and tees simply don’t cut it.

Enter summer cashmere, the ultra-lightweight counterpart to your winter knits. N.Peal’s versatile superfine pieces are made from the highest quality Mongolian cashmere and come in an array of colours to cover every summer occasion, be it a day out with the family or drinks party on the lawn.

Floral silk back superfine cashmere jumpers by N. Peal.

A bright and boxy cashmere pocket tee with white linen and woven Manolo Blahnik flats would make for a chic but relaxed daytime outfit, while the printed floral silk back of a superfine V-neck jumper or tee is an elegant solution for the office.

Another benefit of summer cashmere is its texture. If you’ve caught a little too much sun, a soft cover-up could be just what you need to keep those rays away without irritating sensitive skin. Cashmere wraps are particularly useful when travelling through chilly airports and air-conditioned flights, yet they fold up small and can be stowed in a handbag when not in use.

N. Peal is not alone in creating cashmere for the warmer months. Barrie has used the fibre in its striped cashmere shorts, and blended with cotton in its on-trend bucket hat: the perfect beach day outfit when paired with a white linen tee and sandals. Head to House of Cashmere for stoles and shawls, and to Cashmirino for its gorgeous range of cashmere staples for children – we love its range of understated neutral hues.

Unpredictable temperatures? Cashmere has got you covered, literally.

N. Peal, Barrie, Cashmirino and House of Cashmere are all located at Burlington Arcade, 51 Piccadilly, London.

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