06/11/2012 01:34 pm ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

Summer Sweaters Are Not An Oxymoron: How To Mix Seasons And Not Feel Silly (PHOTOS)

Mixing and matching prints is one style feat. Mixing and matching seasons? That's a whole other battle.

While the Spring 2012 runway was filled with bulky knits and long-sleeved crochet sweaters, making the look work during summertime is not easy. Now, consider the practicality of a light-weight sweater. How many times have you been in an overly air-conditioned office wearing a skimpy summer outfit? Additionally, a summer sweater can be of use after work: although it may be hot during the day the temperature invariably drops at night.

To partake in this wearable trend, we've come up with a few guidelines for making a sweater work in the summer:

1. Choose the right fabrics. Cashmere may be unbelievably soft in winter, but in summer it could cause heatstroke. Go for woven cotton or a silk-blend that will let you keep your cool.

2. Style the look. Pair a pull-over with summer bottoms (shorts, skirts or light-colored jeans) or, add a long cardigan to a flowy maxi dress.

3. Keep it light. Pair a light-colored sweater with other monochromatic pieces for a head-to-toe summery look like Jessica Alba.

Take a peek at our gallery below to see how these 17 stars styled their summer sweaters (and head over to Refinery29 to see what Leandra Medine of the Man Repeller has to say about the issue). What do you think of their looks?

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