The classic winter sweater is being taken from the ski slopes to the streets, and I, for one, am a huge fan. Yes, I’m talking about fair isle sweaters, the classic knit that you probably owned from LL Bean as a middle schooler, and may still have in the back of your closet today. They are everywhere this fall and winter, including all over the streets of New York City. Honestly, I never thought I’d be wearing a fair isle print to work, and yet, here we are. But I’m in good company as you can see.
They don’t have to read cheesy or overly wholesome either as these street style stars demonstrate. In fact, I have to say, the city is the last place I’d expect to see this timeless knit, but here’s all the proof you need that this knit no longer just works for fall and winter weekends in Vermont.
I love the classic look paired with leather pants or a bold leather midi skirt for an unexpected twist that gives the look some edge. But it works equally well with jeans and booties. Just make sure to add some sophisticated and unexpected accessories to update it for a more urban setting, and it will look just as chic outside the mountains. Of course on weekends you can pair it with jeans or leggings and a cozy scarf before you head to the cabin, go apple picking, or pick out your Christmas tree. The best part? Fair isle sweaters will forever be in style. Seriously, buy one now and you can wear it for the next 30 years and pass it down to your daughter one day.