by Ashley Pagliaro
|Fair Isle is all over this season! –credit|
Those of you who have heard that the Fair Isle Sweater is one of this season’s biggest trends may have felt an extra shiver this winter. Many of us can remember browsing family photos featuring these Scottish inspired sweaters, laughing and saying, “I would never be caught in that!” Be prepared to swallow your pride and your words this season. You’ll most definitely want to be caught in the updated versions of the Fair Isle shown off this winter.
Incorporating neons, mesh, modern silhouettes and more, these cozy knits will in no way resemble the dated Fair Isle of yesterday. Check out our top picks along with some helpful tips on how to wear them.
The Handknit Fair Isle Sweater from J.Crew is the perfect blend of the classic and modern –– the past and the present. The traditional Scottish pattern is instantly identifiable, but with a bit of a twist. To the eye, a special technique turns the pattern inside out, and an added touch of neon makes your look relevant. Pair this sweater with a wool mini-skirt, which you can also find at J. Crew.
|J. Crew’s Handknit Fair Isle Sweater –credit|
If you’re looking for a bit more of a casual look, this Free People Hooded Fair Isle Pullover is the perfect pick. The slouchy silhouette and uneven hem make for the perfect top-layer to a long-sleeve tee or solid thermal for those colder days. Put on your favorite pair of jeans and a pair of lace-up boots for those days calling for a “wintery mix.”
|Free People’s Hooded Fair Isle Pullover –credit|
Elevate your Fair Isle by going luxury with the Alexander Wang Burnout Fair Isle Sweater. The subtlety of the traditional pattern and the clean silhouette Wang is known for make this the perfect option for dressing up a bit. Complete your look with a pair of black trousers or black jeans and a pair of thigh-high boots for a night out. Shop locally for this look at Bird, in multiple locations in Brooklyn.
|Alexander Wang Burnout Fair Isle Sweater –credit|
When it comes to warmth and comfort, it’s tough to beat the Kensie Women’s Fair Isle Cardigan, unless you decide to wear a snuggie, but where’s the style in that? The Fair Isle detail lines the trim of the cardigan, pairing it with solid black for a bit of sophistication. In keeping with recent trends, make sure to notice the pair of tan patches for the elbows. To keep it casual, pair with a soft v-neck tee, black leggings and a pair of riding boots.
|Fair Isle Cardigan –credit|
Looking to embrace the moto look this winter while embracing the holiday season? The Feel the Piece Intarsia Sweater will bridge the gap, providing urban chic and mountain classic all at once. Bet you didn’t think it was possible. An emphasized split hem and dropped shoulders update this traditional print from yesterday to now. Go for skinny corduroys and a pair of reinvented Dr. Martens, like the Edmund, and your style is set.
|Feel the Piece Intarsia Sweater –credit|
So this holiday season, when you’re browsing old photos of your parents on their Vermont ski trip, put on your own Fair Isle and embrace the look. Who knows? You may even feel like flattering them for being fashion forward.