5 Days, 5 Ways: The Fair Isle Sweater

Despite the recent wildly mild weather, I feel obliged to remind you that it is indeed still winter. So in honor of Blinders Month, I thought I’d take a sweater usually received for December and show you how to wear it through all the cold weather months. Sure, the Fair Isle sweater may be a favorite at holiday parties, but it can hold its own just as well past the holly jolly season. The patterns feel cheery in a “great against a backdrop of snow” way that transcends the holiday spirit.

The bottom line? Don’t be afraid to wear yours all winter long.

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About Fair Isle Sweaters

Technically, a sweater can only be classified as Fair Isle if it hails from the remote island of (you guessed it) Fair Isle. That said, we see iterations of this multicolor knitwear every season by most brands. Sure – knitting purists probably have a bigger bone to pick, but style-wise we love the variety of this seasonal sweater. You can always find snowflakes and cheekier designs, of course. Just remember, they’re not the only option. So, if you’re not completely sold on this pattern, try more geometric design first.

The iconic style has been worn by everyone from Kanye to Macca (maybe that’s what brought them together?). And really, what’s not to love? The nubby material in endlessly interesting patterns adds some fun to any outfit in need of additional layers.

Five ways to wear a Fair Isle sweater this winter


Wear it well: Pair your patterned piece with a textured suit and lush leather accessories to make it feel sophisticated.

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Wear it well: Wear a plaid blazer with your fair isle for a seriously sartorial look – just make sure your prints are different scales.

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Wear it well: Layer on the black to give a fair isle sweater a cool, casual spin.

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Wear it well: Swap out your standard white work shirt for a striped version that pulls out one of the colors in the pattern.

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Wear it well: Adding a cozy hat and sweater to your casual classics makes for an easy but stylish errand running look.

When to wear Fair Isle Sweaters

Festive-natured fellas rejoice: bold winter prints no longer need to be reserved for your yearly holiday party. You can wear a great Fair Isle sweater as soon as temperatures float downward, and all the way through January and February.

The simplest way to avoid looking too holiday theme-y? Choose a Fair Isle color scheme that’s more muted. Think: earth tones. Paired with dark denim, unique sneakers, and a classic plaid flannel, you can take a patterned risk without worrying you look like you’re headed to your office holiday party two months late.

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