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    Hi,
    I'd like to know if a sweater can be for winter as well as for summer. How can I specify the difference?
    Thanks a lot
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    Default Re: sweater

    Sweaters are usually associated with winter, cause that's when it's cold.

    In the summer, one might have a light jacket or sweater for use on chilly nights, if you're going to be outside for a prolonged period. Or if expecting rain.

    I live in a moderate climate, yet almost never need a jacket in the summer.

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    My sister lived in South Carolina (a rather warm state) when I lived in Maine (a rather cold state). Until she visited me one August, she said she had no idea what a "summer sweater" was for!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    My sister lived in South Carolina (a rather warm state) when I lived in Maine (a rather cold state). Until she visited me one August, she said she had no idea what a "summer sweater" was for!
    Are 'summer sweaters' usually made of cotton? I think I've heard them referred to as 'lightweight sweaters.'

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    Default Re: sweater

    Probably cotton, or maybe a blend, but yes, a light sweater that you toss on in the evening, once the sun goes down and your shoulders get chilly. In Maine, you could have the AC on in the car during the day, and then want the heater on during the night, on the same summer day.
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    Default Re: sweater

    When I googled 'summer sweater' and clicked on 'images', all the pictures were of women wearing a variety of tops, most of which I (a male speaker of BrE) would call 'light sweaters'. What is the equivalent for American males? For me it would be a (light) pullover'.

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