Sweaters in July? Why not? A warmup sweater is just as important to the active sportsman in summer as in winter, particularly at sundown after a day of sailing, swimming or lazing on the beach. Lightweight knits of cashmere, wool, linen and cotton are now specially designed for summer wear as good-looking protection against the chill of an evening near the water (or frigid indoor air conditioning). The sailors photographed here at Block Island, R.I., the setting this week for the first American Cowes race week, wear new sundowner sweaters after a day on the Atlantic. Designer Bonnie Cashin, commissioned by the Scottish firm of Ballantyne of Peebles to do a special collection to pep up their cashmere business, tossed conventional ideas about cashmeres overboard. Her funnel-necked sweaters and boat-neck shirts come in the summery colors and stripings that are recognized as Cashin trademarks on both sides of the Atlantic. For men the big news in summer sweaters is the stuff they are made of—linen and cotton with the bulky look of the Irish fisherman's sweater or lisle sweater-shirts with contrasting trim.
Catching the last rays of a Long Island Sound sunset in the photograph on the opposite page, Ruth Muhlfeld and Ann Webb wear cowl-necked striped cashmere pullovers designed by Bonnie Cashin for Ballantyne ($40, Lord & Taylor). The sweater worn by Bob Temple, a Block Island sailor, is a linen-and-rayon pullover by Himalaya ($11, B. Altman). His floppy hat is from Fulton Supply, New York ($1.60).
Gillian Stevens of Block Island (at left) wears a hooded pullover by Bonnie Cashin ($40). Reflected in her glasses is Bob Temple in a French cotton shirt ($8.50, Bloomingdale' s). Lugene goggles($18).
Tied up at the wharf in the Great Salt Pond, Block Island's snug harbor, Gillian and Bob talk about the day's events in the cockpit of the "Viking." Gillian wears a rust-and-pink striped cashmere pullover, $45. The sundowner cardigan worn by Bob is made of oyster-colored cotton-string knit. It is designed in crewneck ($17) and cardigan ($20) models by Herman Phillips for Bloomingdale's.