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What is Fair Isle? (+ Best Women's Fair Isle Sweaters)

These women's fair isle sweaters make for the most festive style for Christmas and beyond. I like to call fashion like this "Home Alone chic" and I usually add at least one new fair isle knit item to my very preppy, classic and traditional wardrobe each holiday season. But, the pattern can also be worn both before and after Christmas, particularly if it bears neutral colors.

This post discusses exactly what fair isle pattern is, where to buy it, and featured picks to shop.

The Fair Isle Pattern: Explained

What is fair isle?

Fair isle pattern is traditional cotton or wool knit named after one of the Shetland islands of the same name. It became popular when the Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII) wore it in public in 1921. It is made with a traditional knitting technique to create bands of geometric figures with multiple colors.

Today, it's a popular pattern for classic and traditional holiday style.

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Where to Buy Women's Fair Isle Sweaters

Below are the top retailers where I like to shop for women's fair isle sweaters year after year.

Shop Women's Fair Isle Sweaters

Below are some of my favorite women's fair isle sweaters.

The puff sleeve on this sweater makes it look so stylish and luxurious. And this one too!

I love the unique purple tones on this sweater.

This sweater screams Americana.

And this sweater is perfect for Christmas.

This sweater reminds me of a snowy day.

This sweater is so neutral and classic. I'm tempted to put it on my wish list. This sweater is another great neutral option.

You can wear this red and pink sweater straight through Valentine's Day.

This sweater has that "ugly Christmas sweater" look.

I have a sweater similar to this sweater and I LOVE it. It's classic Fall Americana at its finest.

This sweater has a unique colorway and it is perfect for grandmillenials.

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