Travel Essentials: Shake off winter with warm-hued cashmere cardigans

A lightweight cardigan is the ideal companion on a short break or longer holiday.

Crumpet England's coral shrug. Courtesy of Crumpet England
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L'Wren Scott peach cardigan

Half-cashmere, half-cotton, this ladylike hip-length, three-quarter-length sleeved peach round-necked cardigan by Mick Jagger's girlfriend, the LA-based fashion designer L'Wren Scott, is exclusive to our favourite online fashion company, so you're not going to see everyone else wearing it. Chic with a silk top and pencil skirt or over a dress or jeans, it will see you through spring and summer. It costs £595 (Dh3,496) and comes in sizes small to large; 53cm in length (; 004 4 203 471 4570).

Crumpet light orange shrug

This is a seductive little shrug in 100 per cent cashmere from a company set up in 2006 by two fashionista girlfriends who set out to make cashmere basics edgily luxe rather than stolidly staid. One of those deceptive pieces turns out to be so versatile - for street wear, evening wear, or even on the beach - that you get a vast deal of wear out of it. It is available in sizes small to large; 25cm in length. £190 (Dh1,116) plus p&p (; 00 44 1206 396 902).

Pure soft orange cardigan

Your basic good-value 100-per-cent cashmere cardigan: round-necked, pearl-buttoned, cropped and fitted, with patch pockets. It comes in five other colours and is the spring/summer equivalent of the little black cardigan you wear all winter. Pure is the go-to company for good-quality cashmere at reasonable prices, sourced sustainably, too. The cashmere comes from goats in Inner Mongolia herded in a controlled area so they don't damage the grasslands. In sizes 8 to 18; 53cm in length; £99 (Dh582) plus p&p (; 00 44 1423 851 860).