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.
This traditional Fair Isle knit is slim enough into tuck into pants or sport under a blazer.
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.
This all-over Fair Isle print crewneck knit is slightly oversized to perfectly pair with leggings while lounging at home.
Classic Fair Isle sweaters not your vibe? This fringed skull patterned knit will pair with your leather pants and combat boots seamlessly.
Introduce variety with this camel hair and lace collar knit.
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.
This nubby Fair Isle knit is perfectly poised for for après, whether you plan to hit the slopes or not.
Style this wool V-neck over a turtleneck or paired with a collared shirt for a cool collegiate feel.
Lean into a heritage Fair Isle crewneck from the pros, who have been crafting their signature sweaters since the 1960s.