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Fair Isle Sweaters for Staying Cozy-Chic In All Winter Long

The fairest of them all.

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Welcome to The Essentials, our weekly series highlighting a must-have classic, key to building a timeless, pulled-together closet.

They look right at home in a wood-paneled ski lodge, but the traditional Fair Isle knit was born in Fair Isle itself, a seaside island just south of Scotland. The multi-color knit was catapulted to fame by royals who posed in them for portraits and often donned them during their travels. Still as charming as ever, Fair Isles remain a buzzed-about pattern and an essential cold-weather piece. Weave them into your everyday routine by layering them over button-downs with work trousers, or pairing them with your fave denim and low-top sneakers. Designers also have an affinity for the legacy print, recently introducing punchy color combinations, mixed-media prints, and attaching doily, ladylike collars. If you don't own one already, it's about time you join the club.

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1 Fair Isle Yoke Sweater
Free People freepeople.com

This traditional Fair Isle knit is slim enough into tuck into pants or sport under a blazer.

2 Fair Isle Cardigan
Shop It alexmill.com

Fashioned after vintage knits, this sweet Fair Isle cardigan can be thrown on casually with jeans or paired with a slip dress for the holiday season.

3 All-Over Fair Isle Knit
Lauren Ralph Lauren ralphlauren.com

This all-over Fair Isle print crewneck knit is slightly oversized to perfectly pair with leggings while lounging at home.

4 Fringed Fair Isle Sweater
Monse net-a-porter.com

Classic Fair Isle sweaters not your vibe? This fringed skull patterned knit will pair with your leather pants and combat boots seamlessly.

5 Lace Collar Fair Isle Jumper
Miu Miu farfetch.com

Introduce variety with this camel hair and lace collar knit.

6 Fair Isle High Neck Sweater
TOAST toa.st

Produced by a third generation, family-run knitwear company famous for its Fair Isle, this patterned yoke sweater is sure to keep you cozy throughout the cold season.

7 Cable Knit Fair Isle Sweater
ZARA zara.com

This nubby Fair Isle knit is perfectly poised for for après, whether you plan to hit the slopes or not.

8 Fair Isle V-Neck Pullover
Tory Burch toryburch.com

Style this wool V-neck over a turtleneck or paired with a collared shirt for a cool collegiate feel.

9 Fair Isle Crewneck Sweater
L.L.Bean llbean.com

Lean into a heritage Fair Isle crewneck from the pros, who have been crafting their signature sweaters since the 1960s.

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