Fab Summer Sweaters

Top Ten coolest summer sweaters guaranteed to beat the chill in your over-air-conditioned office

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Few locales are colder in summer than office buildings in Texas where air conditioning churns at maximum output. As a result, we wear our sweaters June through August more often than at any other time of the year.

Rather than dragging a worn-out cardigan from the back of the closet to rest on the back of your desk chair, we suggest a fresh and fashionable approach to the office sweater. Herewith, CultureMap's recommendation for fab summer sweaters.

Love, love, love this Aran shawl-collar cardigan from Ralph Lauren Blue Label. Great style along with a smidgen of practicality. The three-quarter-length dolman sleeves with ribbed cuffs lend a perfect summer vibe to the sweater in a combo linen/silk/cotton fabric. Priced at $498.

We don't think you'll find a more practical, yet stylish, warm-up for the office than the Halsey Cardigan from JMcLaughlin. It comes in a variety of colors and effortlessly moves from the weekday to the weekend.

With five colors to choose from, including white and black, this number is a sure winner, at $115.

The Marled Open Cardigan in what Banana Republic calls "preppy navy" is a stylish solution to office deep freeze. It's 94 percent cotton and 6 percent linen, making it lightweight but warm. Approximately $89.50.

The classic look of the Tory Burch Simone Cotton Cardigan, pictured here in Carnival, also available in Leaf Green, will work well in any office setting. The sweater is 100 percent cotton. Retails at $225.

We love the chic, sophisticated look of this silk cotton cardigan from Ann Taylor. Priced at a wallet-friendly $69.60, it is an online exclusive.

Tracy Reese designed this kicky tea service cardigan guaranteed to add a bit of life to that simple office frock. This cotton and spandex number is $198 at Anthropologie.

Lafayette 148, the go-to label for the working woman, offers a number of stylish, yet office-appropriate, cardigans. This glossed linen shawl collar cardigan kicks it up a notch as far as office sweaters go. Priced at $348.

Summer-weight cashmere is a popular choice for an office sweater with a touch of class. The J. Crew featherweight Italian cashmere features three-quarter-length sleeves. It's $188.

Lafayette 148 scores again with this oh-so-feminine Chantilly cotton cardigan with draped collar. Available in black, white and geranium, shown here. It retails for $348.

Pendleton enters the office-sweater scene with the long, slimming Pettygrove Cardigan. This is best for the really frosty office, and there are plenty of those across Texas, as it is made of lambs wool and nylon with a touch of angora. Cost is $159.