What to look for to look chic and stay cool in summer sweaters

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From chic sleeveless sweaters to lightweight colorful cardigans, breezy open knits are the hero of the summer.

Whether you’re stuck in an overly air-conditioned office or at the beach after the sun has set, it’s imperative to have a few seasonal sweaters on hand.

Lafayette 148Creative Director Emily Smith explains what to look for in a sweater to look cute in varying temperatures, without being bulky or overheating.

Opt for an open knit

“I think we all felt a strong sense of wanderlust coming on last year,” Emily said.

“Whether we travel or stay close to home, we all long for more freedom in our lives — and that translates into how we dress.”

Emily admits she loved the idea of ​​a beach sweater. “We’ve created many variations on the theme using an open knit, basketweave technique that lets the wind in and feels super light, yet soft and cozy.”

She prefers the brand’s alpaca and silk sweater and recommends wearing it over a tank top with some white denim or even your swimsuit by the pool.

Stick to lanky silhouettes

To avoid feelings of discomfort, “you want easy, relaxed shapes that don’t cling to the body but still feel sophisticated.”

“Summer sweaters are all about layering – they’re great to pull on when you need them during the day and perfect for a little shine when it’s cooler at night.”

Emily loves Lafayette 148’s linen-cotton pullover with a little metallic thread spun in to give it some shine.

Embrace all colors

Clothing in darker shades is usually pushed to the back of the closet to make way for the lighter, brighter shades of summer.

Emily prefers a color balance and a cleansing base of neutral tones.

‘We’ve got some great sun-kissed shades in our palette this season, such as lagoon blue, chili red and Tuscan orange, which are reflected in our boat neck pullover.

‘Summer white is always a favorite – then we have these anchoring tones like cloud, pumice and buttermilk that feel timeless and cooling.

Don’t leave the house without

The creative is always packing sweater options when traveling.

“It’s something that so many people forget to take with them when they travel and wish they had.

“I always have one with me—for air-conditioned indoors, at the beach, for alfresco dinners, you name it.”

In a striped sweater, social media star Milena Karl was the image of nautical chic on the streets of Germany this spring

Milena Karl treated her sweater as an accessory

Hilar Duff in a short cardigan

Influencer Milena Karl treated her sweater as an accessory, while Hilary Duff shopped like a street style star in a cropped cardigan

Fashion icon Olivia Palermo added a pop of color to her brown suit with a coral knit worn as an underlayer

Fashion icon Olivia Palermo added a pop of color to her brown suit with a coral knit worn as an underlayer

Look to the stars for inspiration

Social media star Milena Karl was the image of nautical chic on the streets of Germany this spring.

The brunette beauty added interest to her white Anine Bing coat and matching Zara pants by treating her blue and white striped sweater like any other accessory.

She balanced the sweater over her shoulders while wearing it a beige Dior saddle bag.

Instead of a basic white T-shirt, Hilary Duff opted for a cropped cardigan sweater for a day of shopping in Los Angeles.

The Younger star effortlessly combined her knitwear with a silk floral skirt and black boots.

Fashion icon Olivia Palermo added a pop of color to her brown suit with a thin coral knit that was worn as an underlayer on the streets of New York.

Both Jessica Markowski and Ann Kathrin Götze opted for neutral colored styles to convey the laid-back summer vibes.

Jessica Markowski in a knit and denim shorts

Ann Kathrin Götze stays cool in an open knit

Relaxed knits (as seen on Jessica Markowski and Ann Kathrin Götze) add to summer’s laid-back vibes

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