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I have a bone to pick with anyone who exclusively associates hygge with fall and winter. Because coziness is too delightful a thing to allocate to a mere few months each year. Consider this my campaign to bring summer hygge to the forefront of the zeitgeist—a mission I’m fueling with a bunch of incredibly cute summer sweaters.
I know late July is just about the last time anyone would want to humor the thought of a knit. Humidity and yarn are an absolute match made in hell—a breeding ground for all kinds of moist scratchiness and damp itchiness. (Lol, undoubtedly the most disgusting sentence I’ve ever penned.) The thing is: You wouldn’t be wearing your new, veritably adorable summer sweater outside in the summer humidity! You’d be wearing it inside, where the AC is kept frigid enough to spawn another Ice Age! Or outside on some summer night, after the sun has stopped shining—when the breeze is thoroughly starting to pick up! Star-sprinkled summer skies pair exceptionally well with cool breezes—which (you see where this is going) pair exceptionally well with sweaters. And not just any sweaters—sweaters crafted with the understanding that even when it’s a little chilly out, it’s probably no more than 60 degrees.
Not to mention, as we transition from July to August—and then from August to September, our appetites for autumnal wear will increase, meanwhile, the weather will stay relatively warm. Summer doesn’t officially end until September 23, so we have a great many weeks of heat and humidity ahead of us—weeks where we’ll crave hygge and have nothing in our closets that can deliver it in a weather-appropriate manner. Lest we, you know, stock up on a bunch of summer sweaters now.
A sweater that’ll easily skew summer nautical—or fall back-to-school.
Hard to argue a bright pink sweater is anything but summery.
A sweater, rendered in crop tank top form.
Definitely on the chunky side for summer. But hey—if your office is really cold…
If it’s lightweight enough to tuck into high-waisted shorts, it’s lightweight enough for summer.
Short-sleeved and rendered in a palette that’s all kinds of vibrant.
As a wise cartoon character once said, the best time to wear a striped sweater is all the time.
So lightweight you’ll think it’s a T-shirt. (But your hygge-loving heart will know the difference <3.)
A short-sleeve sweater that makes the most of summer’s crochet trend.
This looks so cozy I want to nap in it immediately.
A knit sure to play well with even your breeziest bohemian pieces.
Zebra print is on the up-and-up—get it before it’s mainstream hot.
Stripes, fringe and a cropped hemline? Is there anything this summer sweater can’t do?
All kinds of cozy—and fit for basically any season.
A sweater fit for the lover of all-black-everything and for summer’s neon-trendy palette, alike.
Sweater tank top? Say it ain’t so.
Basically a blanket you can tote everywhere.
A knit so loose it could pass as a swim cover-up.
For the shopper who cherishes turtlenecks so much they can’t bear to part with them—not even in the summer.
A sweater that basically qualifies for inclusion in summer’s sheer clothing trend.
A sweater that’s veritably bar-worthy. (Because you deserve hygge any time and place you want it!)
A sweater that fully understands 2019’s ruffles trend.
Knit. Matching. Set. (Need I really say more?)
The fringe-lined hem keeps this two-tone sweater feeling anything but average.
A pop of color, done the minimalist way.
Chunky knit? Puffy sleeves? Can’t lose.
Lightweight and perfect for seasonal layering.
Is it a vest? Is it a dress? I’m not sure, but I do know it’s fun AF.
A striped sweater, done the optical illusion way.
Subtle stripes—for the fan of color who doesn’t love a print.
Because knits and peplum ruffles are far from mutually exclusive.
Fodder for your next out of office Instagram.
Fit for throwing over button-downs or wearing on its own—this sweater is equal parts versatile and statement-making.
So snuggly you might be tempted to sleep in it.
A striped sweater so statement-making it’s basically runway-worthy.
A cozy sweater that nods to summer’s neon trend without going all in.
Cropped and covered in a vibrant animal print? We’ll take 13.
An embroidered sweater that feels as fit for 1990 as it does for 2019.
For nights on the town spent anywhere but indoors.
Another sweater tank—because these versatile staples deserve a place in your repertoire, damnit.
A striped sweater you’ll be wearing from spring’s first moment through summer’s last.
Veritably fit for a hot summer’s day.
A sweater the fan of punchy palettes can surely get behind.
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A version of this story was originally published in June 2017. Updated July 2019.