Frame Le Garcon jeans
Emerson Fry slides | Gift to review
Everlane Petra market tote | purchased with credits from Everlane
Inhabit asymmetric Cashmere v-neck sweater | gift to review – Enter to win one below
It’s not quite summer yet, but if your family is like my family, you’re probably getting your travel plans finalized soon. Hopefully they involve lots of water and sun.
Our summer travel plans are quite modest this year; we’ll have my step-son with us, so we’ll take him to go visit family in Atlanta around July 4th, and drive from there to Orlando to drop him off for summer camp at a university there for a few weeks. Then, at the end of August, we have his Bar Mitzvah in south Florida. Maybe we can sneak away to the beach somewhere in there??
But this weekend I’m flying to Atlanta for a quick visit with family, and I’ll be wearing this outfit exactly. When I fly, I’ve been defaulting to jeans lately, and always wear a sweater, hot outside or not. In the past, I’ve tended to wear cardigans, but now, I’m going to stick with pullovers; I hate to take off my outer layer to go through security, which you have to do if you’re wearing a jacket or cardigan. Anything I can do to avoid getting completely undressed in the security line, I’ll do…It’s bad enough I have to take off my shoes. Ah. Remember the olden days of air travel??
Anyway, you’re probably aware of my love for Inhabit by now, and I know many of you share it. so when they reached out to me to work together again, of course I was excited to do it! Over the years, I’ve had so many lovely Inhabit cashmere and cotton pieces; I always appreciate the quality and the design that goes into every piece – they’re unique and interesting, yet still stand the test of time.
But I wondered how I would work Inhabit’s spring cashmere into my wardrobe. I live in a place (Texas) where we absolutely DO NOT have cool summer nights. I understand that up north or at the beach, there are evenings when it can get rather cool and you’d need a sweater, but pretty soon here, I won’t want anything touching my body besides what HAS to.
Enter summer travel. And air conditioning. This Inhabit cashmere sweater is a perfect “summer-weight” – and yes, there is such a thing. I’ve had it for a few weeks now, and have worn it a handful of times. I wear it in the evening to dinner, and in the mornings when it’s still a little cool, and I take it with me to wear over a t-shirt if I’m going to sit at Starbucks and work. Always over just a tank top, and with the sleeves pushed up a bit, but it keeps my shoulders nice and comfy without adding any weight at all, and I’ve never been too hot. Which is why it will be the perfect thing for airplane travel in the coming months.
A quick review: I’m wearing a medium, which I think is wonderful, but may be a bit big? It’s meant to be oversized, but I think the small would still have been oversized enough on me, especially since I’m short. The cashmere is lightweight, and therefore not completely opaque, but it’s not sheer either. I wear a tank top or cami underneath generally, but for cooler weather, the sweater would be nice over a blouse or collared shirt. For those of you who have lightweight cashmere by James Perse, it’s comparable, but maybe seems a bit more “substantial” if that makes sense?
So, I know you saw the “giveaway” part in the post title – here’s your chance to win your own Inhabit cashmere sweater!
For an extra entry, leave a comment and tell us about your summer travel plans. How could they involve a lightweight cashmere sweater? 🙂
I love that sweater on you! I also don’t think it looks too big. It has a really nice drape so in no way does it swallow you up. I also think the length in the medium is good as well. The color is photographing rather blue. Would you say it’s more blue in real life or gray?
Summer is just weekend trips for us. We don’t have kids so don’t need to plan our vacations around school. The first one will be up to the Berkshires (western Mass) in June – for a music festival. Always a little chilly there in the morning and at night so a sweater is an essential item 🙂
I’m hoping to go to London and maybe Amsterdam this summer and I’m sure a beautiful sweater like this would get a lot of use. I’m a long-time lurker and first time commenter on your site – love your style and you inspire me! Thank you.
Lisa Ryan says
Haven’t decided yet. We live in Iowa, so considering heading south to Texas (to check out Austin, and other places), or north to check out Toronto. Either way, I am always cold, and I don’t like AC in the summer, so I would live in this cashmere sweater.
We will spend a lot of the summer at our lovely new beach house – can’t wait! And this sweater would absolutely be wonderful for sitting on the deck or on the beach at night, watching the sunset.
Thanks for your blog, Grechen – I never miss a post. I love your honesty and appreciate your sense of simplicity- something I am striving for in my own closet/life.
Thanks again for all the effort you put into the blog and for offering us this lovely give-away!
Summer travel plans? Intern gig for work/school & then hopefully some more time down in the Keys. I’m pretty sure I also have a healthcare conference coming up soon-ish. Might be a good time to check my calendar before finding out the hard way that soon-ish is now-ish. Lots of big energy-requirement type courses my upcoming semester too. Ugh. This is gonna be a busy summer.
Looks so cosy & comfy. I’ve never even felt cashmere, but I have read a lot of praise for it.
I just checked the link it is $368!!
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Genevieve Roja says
I’m headed to a family reunion in Idaho this summer. Other than that I’ll be local–and cashmere is something I actually wear year-round in microclimate San Francisco. I’ll definitely be wearing this during “summer” in SF (read: winter!).
Here in St. Louis, it gets so hot that we don’t have nighttime cool downs either, but we are planning a trip to Northern California and this sweater would be perfect there! Love it.
I’ll be going to Cape Cod for July 4th, and I’m sure a lightweight sweater would come in handy for the cooler evenings on the beach!
Grechen Reiter says
it’s slightly more blue than gray IRL
Linda K. says
We don’t have any plans (yet!) other than visiting family in Oklahoma. I should really plan something else soon…. 🙂
My husband and I will be on sabbatical, yay! And also traveling out to the Rockies and Seattle for family gatherings. That looks like a fabulous, versatile top, and I love the assymetrical hem. Am enjoying your blog, thanks for your work!
Amber Allen says
I’m currently pregnant, and mom to a three year old girl, and we’re planning to go and visit my husband’s family in Southern Ontario 🙂
Long time reader, first time commenter. Love your blog!
We are going to Colorado in June and it can be chilly in the evening in the mountains. This sweater would be perfect! 🙂
Love your style. Nothing planned yet for travel!
I’m going on a Mediterranean cruise this summer so a lightweight sweater would definitely come in handy on the boat.
We will be in not only Phoenix but also cooler northern AZ, coming from fall in the southern hemisphere.
This summer I am going to Texas for a few days to see relatives, 3 weeks in Europe to travel and a foreign exchange student we hosted a couple years ago, then to Anchorage to visit a friend. I am a teacher so it all gets crammed into a few weeks since it is not easy to travel at other times of the year. And of course I am always looking for new things to wear when traveling!
zoe lee says
Having a baby, hitting the beach , sending my kindergartner to camp, lots of exercise to lose baby weight, and getting back into running after bed rest, 🙂
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Sometime on my travels to Atlantic City, Minneapolis and driving coast to coast, a cashmere sweater would come in handy.
vickie Couturier says
we will be traveling from VT to TN several times and the weather in both places varies a lot so this would be perfect for those chilly VT nights
I’m taking my daughter to LA for 10 days in June, and will be meeting my twin sister and her 3 kids there for a long overdue get-together, I always find the airplane a bit cold, and this looks so cozy and cute at the same time. Thanks for the opportunity to win one!
Our summers are so nice here in the PNW, we don’t usually plan many trips. But this year we have managed to round up all the kids and granny, too for a trip to Sunriver in central Oregon for some family fun.
I already travel a lot for work, so a sweater like that would be perfect. As for vacation, NYC and possibly Mexico later in the summer/early fall, so again, that sweater would be ideal.
Linda A says
I’m going to the Grand Canyon and a light sweater would be perfect for cool nights
i LOVE LOVE LOVE inhabit – gotta save lots of pennies tho to snag a piece! – this would be oh so perfect for my summer nights down the shore; as i sit on my deck, dock on the bay, or at the ocean – watching the sunset!!! – it’s always chilly by the water at night and this lightweight cashmere will do the trick!!! **fingers crossed**
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We WERE planning a vacation to the bay area but my husband just found out he lost his job. :((( So we had to cancel our hotel but we’ll do a staycation in San Diego, where the nights are definitely cool. Thanks, Gretchen!
I would LOVE to wear a lightweight cashmere sweater on the beach in the evening on our trip to Maine this summer. It is darling on you, by the way! I’ve just discovered your blog and really am enjoying it. Was a stay at home mom for 5 years and never could justify buying clothes, but now I am back to work and loving putting some money (and energy) into making myself look good 🙂
I’m a grad student and I’m headed to Europe for research over the summer. Somehow I have to look put together AND fit all my clothes in a carry-on–so I’ve been scouring your blog. Spring-weight sweaters are a great possibility for plane + lots of time in a probably over-air-conditioned museum…
I’ll be doing a lot of traveling back and forth to the playground. Obviously, the perfect place for cashmere.
Ashley Harris says
hello! i’m very new to your blog, i’ve been on a personal adventure of quitting “fast fashion” and developing my style and a curated wardrobe, so i appreciate your reviews so so much! This summer my husband and I will be traveling for baseball season, he plays minor league for the miami marlins and we will be moving for about 5 months to upstate new york! We plan on taking a trip to see Niagara falls and Canada, as well as traveling for games to manhatten and brooklyn. This sweater would be perfect for our road trip travels (gotta stay comfy but cute!) and also for dinner after late night games in the city and up in canada.
Thanks a lot. i think i will travel to somewhere i can enjoy the seaside, but have not decided where yet
Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says
we are hoping to be able to get some camping in this summer
MJ Moore says
I do lots of road trips, and car air conditioning can leave me pretty chilled- nothing like cashmere for pack-ability and versatility!
I’ve been living in Northern California for the past four years and have found that regular weight cashmere is a bit too much for the climate (cool in the morning, going up to 70-77 degrees during the day, cool again at night). So I’m thinking that lightweight cashmere might be the perfect answer to my clothing needs! Thanks for this giveaway and for your wonderful blog–I check in every day for the no-b.s. honesty and great style.
Spending the summer in Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison catching a bunch of concerts and sporting events.
So thrilled to have found your blog, Gretchen. Just started a six-month Pure Barre membership and am pouring over your blog posts of tips and suggestions. Totally addicted! 🙂
Sun + sand! Loving those shoes on you, btw….!!