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, featured picks, and more options to shop.
What is Fair Isle pattern?
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.
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.
- Ann Taylor
- Ann Taylor Loft
- Draper James
- J.Crew Factory
- Lands’ End
- L.L. Bean
- Ralph Lauren
- Vineyard Vines
Below are some of my favorite women’s fair isle sweaters. Click the pictures to shop these featured picks.
This Draper James pullover crewneck sweater is probably my favorite one, because it has such a vintage 1980s holiday look:
I purchased this J.Crew Factory sweater because I love the unique colorway, which can be worn throughout Fall, and how it looks layered with blue stripes:
And the brown bands of pattern in this crewneck sweater remind me of classic Americana 1970s fashion, which can also be worn with corduroy or wide leg denim:
L.L. Bean has the most timeless women’s fair isle sweaters, and this cardigan would be perfect for a cozy day at home with leggings or joggers and slippers:
Madewell‘s turtleneck modernizes the look for a more trendy style:
I love black women’s fair isle sweaters because you are less likely to “get sick of” the pattern. Ann Taylor delivers with this casual or dressy turtleneck:
And this Vineyard Vines mock neck would look perfect under a puffy jacket for a day in the snow:
Lastly, this L.L. Bean rag sweater is as traditional and rustic as it gets:
Shop More Women’s Fair Isle Sweaters
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