Extremely useful summer throws

It’s the all-purpose item you didn’t know you were missing

An aztec patterned throw from trouva

Aztec savvy

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

A peach throw from Sorbet

Soak it up

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

A yellow flowery thrown from Temperley London

Flower girl

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

A blue and white striped throw from notonthehighstreet

Pale, interesting

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

A south american style throw from selfridges

Roller, coaster

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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