Most women already own several (or more) cardigans, but if one intends to purchase a new cardigan, the following types of patterns or prints are trendy for summer but will last longer than one season:
This nautical look screams beach and summer, but there’s a lot of variety here depending on the colors and the thick or thinness of the stripes. Bold contrasts such as thick navy and white stripes are classic and statement-making, while more neutral contrasts (say, tan and white) with thinner stripes tend to coordinate with many outfits.
This doesn’t have to look “granny” as many current floral patterns are bold and bright. Large flowers on a cardigan look great worn with jeans or other casual pants; they can also be good for over plain-colored summer dresses.
Cotton is obviously ideal for summer, since it’s lightweight and easy to wash. If one intends to wear the cardigan frequently, look for better quality cotton to prevent pilling (the telltale sign of too many washes, when fabric gets “fuzzy” looking.)
Wool may be best left for winter, but a light cashmere is perfectly acceptable for summer. Cashmere “breathes” well, it’s not always as hot as one may expect. Be sure to check the label for washing or dry cleaning instructions.