If you hail from a warm climate, you may not be familiar with Fair Isle.
Knits with the traditional pattern used to be associated with the function not fashion crowd.
Not anymore. Since Dolce and Gabbana featured Fair Isle in their fall collection, patterned knits have been spotted all over.
What’s the modern take on the Fair Isle pattern? Designers have moved away from the traditional zipped sweater to other fashion apparel like long sweater coats with ribbed trim and patch pockets.
Dress it Up
Jumper dresses add a modern twist to the classic print. Like any sweater dress, a slouchy Fair Isle jumper has many cold weather options. Wear it with a skinny belt and over-the-knee boots.
Or, layer a Fair Isle dress over tights with matching ballet flats or flat heeled boots for casual weekend wear.
Accessorize with Style
If you’re a non-conformist and find Fair Isle to be way too conventional, why not wear the pattern as an accessory. Boy shorts in a soft cotton from Forever 21 show off a Fair Isle inspired design and include a satin ribbon accent.
To keep your feet warm and cozy, try a pair of cashmere Fair Isle socks from high-quality sock manufacturer, Pantharella.
Cuddle Up in a Cardigan
If you long for the old days, you can still find a Fair Isle sweater but with a more modern touch. This Fair Isle-inspired cardigan with beading accents from Lucky Brand Dungarees is form fitting and has front button closure.
Wear the cardigan with a solid tee over jeans or button it up for a more dressier look.