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The Best Lightweight Sweaters You'll Wear All Summer Long

It’s no secret we love our sweaters. Effortless, comfortable, and ready for anything, there’s a staple made for every single season—and summer is no exception. But when it comes to finding the perfect summer layer, not all knits will do the trick. Not sure where to start? Here’s a tip: when looking for the cozy complement to your favorite sundress, stick to this essential checklist.

Materials Matter

The starting point for finding your perfect summer sweater? Choosing a fabric that’s breezy, effortless, and easy to wear no matter what the forecast has in store. That’s where linen and cotton come in. Come summertime, we trade cashmere in for these two fabrics for one simple reason: they provide the perfect amount of style and comfort without ever breaking a sweat. Plus, these styles are designed with an oversized fit to throw over everything from a bathing suit to a dress beautifully.
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Made to Layer

Whether you’re beachside or spending the day walking from A to B, the versatility of a wrap or cardigan gives way to endless outfit opportunities—and that’s just about all we need for summer styling. Go for oversized pieces you can drape over your shoulders as the sun sets, slim fitting staples that tuck into shorts seamlessly, and buttoned-up basics to pair with your favorite jeans.
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Cotton Fisherman Wrap Cardigan
Cotton Linen Stanford Cardigan

One Step (& Season) Ahead

The last standard of summer sweater criteria is simple: focus on pieces you’ll wear well past the current season. Thinking of your fall wardrobe while you’re in the middle of sundress season isn’t always easy, which is why we rely on neutral colors and timeless silhouettes that will work with your beach day basics and brisk morning favorites. From backyard BBQs to foliage-filled days, everything is better with your go-to sweater.
Photos by david kitz,Styled by Kate Brien