The good old British weather can be summery one minute, wintery the next, leaving you totally confused about what to buy and wear now. That’s when it’s time to turn to luxury womenswear brand Johnstons of Elgin. A master of versatile fabrics,the Scottish heritage label has become one of the world’s leading luxury knitwear destinations, working with only the finest fibres to create pieces that aren’t limited to any one season.
Items are crafted using innovative computer-controlled 3D technology, and some are made in one piece so there are no seams on them. (The process is designed to enhance the natural elasticity of the knit.) In place of artificial softeners, the expert team relies on the pure natural waters of the Scottish borders to soften the fabric. This careful attention to detail results in designs that last.
From wool to cashmere, below are the fabrics you should invest in now to wear throughout the summer and beyond.
While wool may not be high on your list of versatile fabrics for summer, it may be time to give it a chance. Many of Johnstons of Elgin’s natural fibres are biodegradable and renewable and the ultrafine merino wool, unlike heavy wintery fabrics, is light, delicate and incredibly comfortable. Essentially, this is warmer than a tee, but lighter than a traditional winter knit. The team of expert designers has worked merino into the new collection, creating separates that work for all areas of your wardrobe.
So, what can we expect for SS19? Pieces that are smart enough to be worn for work, but light enough to be styled with summer staples too. The Waterfall pink and ivory skirt will look effortlessly chic with strappy sandals, a classic white tee and gold hoops. Or, why not opt for a checked scarf that can be draped over a blazer now, and worn over swimwear with Perspex sunnies later?
Once only associated with the cooler months, cashmere is no longer just a winter staple, but something to rely on 365 days a year. First introduced to the brand back in 1851, Johnstons of Elgin has spent two centuries developing delicate fibres to create the most luxurious silk blend, which also features stretch properties for maximum comfort. It’s these super-soft, ultra-lightweight fabrics that make the cashmere separates perfect for layering now, perhaps under a classic belted trench coat, shirt dress or blazer. And later, you can simply style each of these pieces solo with a floral midi skirt and sandals when the mercury rises.
Cotton is the fabric we so often reach for in summer. Light, comfortable and cool, this one really is a no-brainer. But while cotton is versatile, securing investment pieces that really go the distance can often be a challenge. That’s why Johnstons of Elgin goes to extreme lengths to ensure the highest quality, to ensure longevity. Sourced from the Central American state of Belize, the cotton is first harvested and picked by hand, then the fibre is knitted using advanced technology at the brand’s historic mill in Scotland. The result? Soft, superfine sleeveless tops in navy, pink and yellow, and crew neck full-sleeved tops in pretty, spring-ready powdery hues. Both ideal for wearing under smart tailoring for work, with standout separates and heels for evening events, or with easy, off-duty denim and trainers on the weekend.
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Johnstons of Elgin is an expert in cashmere and fine woollens, made in Scotland since 1797.
To shop the full range, including menswear, children’s, accessories and home and interiors, head to johnstonsofelgin.com.