Come the end of August, when all your big wardrobe ambitions have devolved into wearing the same black slip dress every day and you need a statement piece to lift your spirits, this rosy jacquard blanket from Trouva has the goods. And when summer is over, your sofa gets a makeover. Everybody wins! £65, Trouva
Hardworking, quick-drying Hammam towels have been a staple in Turkish bathhouses for centuries. Made from super-absorbent cotton, they’re a third of the weight of a standard towel and about ten times as useful (think blanket, sarong). Sorbet’s come in a rainbow of luscious shades; our favourite is Peach. £20, Sorbet
RIP, generic pastel blazer! Temperley’s lightweight, floral-sprigged wrap might claim to be a beach towel, but allow us to tout it as the alternative wedding cover-up your wardrobe has been crying out for. Chilly country churches, we’re ready for you. Just nobody say ‘pashmina’. Now £130, Temperley London
Unless you spill something on it, pearly grey is always a strong sartorial choice. Proof that our Nordic design fetish works for hazy summer days as well as snowy ones, this elegant handmade throw by Bohemia makes a beautiful shawl and impromptu picnic blanket. Mind the hummus. £36, notonthehighstreet.com
Hand-woven in Mexico with leather straps crafted in San Francisco, Nipomo blankets are a riotous celebration of colour and craft from both sides of the border. Selfridges stocks them in two different sizes, ideal to sling over your shoulder and see where the spirit of adventure takes you. Probably the park, let’s be honest. £80, Selfridges
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