Every year, my wardrobe echos the back-to-school mindset of autumn with preppy basics like this striped sweater from Banana Republic and the new driving moccasins you may have spotted on Snapchat over the weekend (username: bedknobsbaubles). The only drawback, if you can consider it one, is that the weather is still far too hot and humid to actually wear these things for longer than a quick photo session. (As if you couldn’t tell from my hair …) However, I’m happy to brave the elements — and a touch of heat stroke — if it helps convince you that this is definitely one sweater worth adding to your closet this fall. Truth be told, I haven’t loved anything from Banana Republic this year (aside from the purse worn here). Fits have been off on me and the fabric quality questionable, but this sweater is definitely a keeper. It’s a lightweight blend of merino wool, cashmere and synthetic materials that’s machine washable. (Seriously, when was the last time you scored a non-cotton sweater that could be laundered at home?) The fabric is on the thin side and I almost returned it before trying it on because of it. However, I was pleased to discover that it’s not actually that sheer when worn with a nude bra underneath. It runs true to size.