It may be downright balmy on the New York City streets, and especially below them — those subway platforms can get mighty hot — but inside the office it can feel thoroughly frigid.
This may be why summer has become the official season for layering. Hence, we recommend snatching up a chic cardigan or cozy poncho to wear when that tissue-thin dress just won’t do indoors. Peruse our list of current favorites, and we’re certain you’ll find something stylish that will keep pesky a/c drafts at bay.
This cape straight from Chloé’s pre-fall collection is made from sumptuous alpaca-wool, and comes in a luxurious cream-and-grey combo. It’s easy to pop on over a sheath and still look work-apropos. $4,695. 850 Madison Avenue (69th/70th Streets); 212-717-8220; chloe.com
Isabel Marant’s leather wrap jacket is a smart addition to any ensemble. Slip it on over a pencil skirt in the office, or take it to the movies to keep warm in a frigid theater. $2,630. 459 Broome Street (Wooster/Greene Streets); 212-219-2284; isabelmarant.com
Graphic stripes and a cool leather trim give this Gucci poncho some serious street cred. We adore the blanket shape, too. $1,950. 725 Fifth Avenue (56th/57th Streets); 212-826-2600; gucci.com
Made from a lightweight alpaca knit, DKNY’s oatmeal-hued cardigan is a must-have piece to keep draped along your desk chair. Its neutral hue will pair well with everything. $255. 420 West Broadway (Spring/Prince Streets); 646-613-1100; dkny.com
Think of Maison Martin Margiela’s chunky knit cardigan as a safety blanket for adults. Its cheery red hue will keep you smiling, and its wraparound waist ensures a flattering fit. $1,560. 801 Greenwich Street (West 12th/Jane Streets); 212-989-7612; maisonmartinmargiela.com
Sheer and ribbed, this jersey shawl from Helmut Lang is incredibly easy to just slip on with jeans or throw in your purse. The draped front allows your top to peek through and perfectly skims the hips. $140. 230 Columbus Avenue (70th/71st Streets); 212-877-3450; helmutlang.com
Talk about a conversation piece, the Stace Face knitted cardigan features an adorable motif inspired by the head designer of Alice + Olivia. The faceted buttons add a quirky, dimensional detail. $395. 80 West 40th Street (Fifth/Sixth Avenues); 212-840-0887; aliceandolivia.com
Fashioned from a rich, wool jacquard, this Etro cardigan will make any outfit look instantly more chic. Put it on over a simple camisole and tailored slacks and you’ll be prepared for any chilly situations that may arise. $1,380. 720 Madison Avenue (63rd/64th Streets); 212-317-9096; etro.com
It is impossible not to love The Elder Statesman’s cashmere tie-dye hoodie. The sky-blue and white shades resemble dreamy clouds, and a front pocket is the perfect place to tuck your hands. $1,265. 116 Wooster Street (Prince/Spring Streets); 212-965-9964; barneys.com
The Dames boiled camel tunic by Acne Studios is a cleverly sculpted piece worthy of wearing as often as possible. And come fall and winter, you’ll be able to sport this beauty both outside and in. $670. 33 Greene Street (Grand/Broome Streets); 212-334-8345; acnestudios.com