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Cashmere Jackets in the Summer?

J. Cogburn

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Does this make any sense in a place like DC? I was on a business trip to San Diego recently and popped in to the Ralph Lauren store in La Jolla. They were selling a gorgeous light weight white cashmere jacket they were billing as a summer piece. Looked awesome, but ... I'm wary. Summers in La Jolla are not the same as summers in DC. Sure, a white linen jacket would make more sense here, but I like to wear white and cream linen pants in the summer and a cashmere jacket would add the right sort of textural contrast I like when mixing these colors. Still, comfort is more important in the muggy hell that is my home city.
 

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If it doesn't have a heavy lining it can work on mild days. I have a couple of lightweight cashmere jackets I wear through May and into June if it's not too warm (I'm in NC, so very similar weather to you in DC), but one is unlined and I find that that makes a tremendous difference.

A lot depends on whether you're wearing it while walking around outside, or in an air conditioned office all day. If the latter, since it's a light color and made to be a summer piece, I'd definitely wear it and not worry about it.
 

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Originally Posted by Nicola
Doesn't it get cooler in the evening?

Not sure about a white jacket at night (white/black tie aside)
 

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Is it white white or cream white? If the former it's going to be a little more difficult to pull off.
 

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The Sartoria Partenopea I wore yesterday is 100% cashmere. It is light weight, 1/4 lined and sky blue. It is a SS piece, and I intend to wear it all summer. I live in New Orleans, which is actually worse in the summer than DC (where I grew up). It is very comfortable and breathes well.

Mike
 

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I wouldn't recommend it. All things equal, a linen coat would wear more comfortably. DC is brutal.
 

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Originally Posted by cncrd
Is it white white or cream white? If the former it's going to be a little more difficult to pull off.

White.

Originally Posted by MBreinin
The Sartoria Partenopea I wore yesterday is 100% cashmere. It is light weight, 1/4 lined and sky blue. It is a SS piece, and I intend to wear it all summer. I live in New Orleans, which is actually worse in the summer than DC (where I grew up). It is very comfortable and breathes well.

What is an "SS piece"? Something the Nazi's wore?
 

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Originally Posted by J. Cogburn
What is an "SS piece"? Something the Nazi's wore?

Spring Summer
 

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I have a 50% cashmere - 50% cotton jacket (Zegna fabric) that I made for SS - it is unwearable in more than 20 C! So be careful!
 

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I have an 85% cash 15% silk summer jacket. Cashmere is a great fabric, warm when its cold, but not heavy enough to kill you when its warm. It depends on the thickness of the cashmere of course.
 

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