For me, nothing signals the advent of the colder season like the reemergence of the Fair Isle jumper. Its mere sight evokes a fond feeling of warmth, cosiness and a particular slowness which is only afforded on those most frigid days.
Heralding from Fair Isle, an Island in Shetland, Scotland, the Fair Isle knit is marked by a traditional knitting technique which creates patterns in the knit using multiple colours at once. From this small town, the style spread, eventually making its was across the globe, crafted by high-street retailers and designer brands who have put their own touch on the traditional knit.
@frannfyne styles a more subtle take on a classic Fair Isle jumper. For it’s supremely snug shape, typically crafted for wool, cashmere or alpaca, the Fair Isle knit pairs perfectly with slouchy wool trousers or a well-loved denim jean. The addition of a thermal layer or crisp t-shirt underneath will keep you cosy into the evening hours during a relaxed night in, but can be dressed up with lashings of jewellery and leather trousers for a relaxed evening look.
A mainstay in every ’80s wardrobe, the Fair Isle knit was once associated with frizzy fibres and a scratchy finish, but this season’s styles are a far cry from those of yesteryear. From H&M’s perfectly slouchy jumper, to Khaite’s perfect turtleneck knit, shop the best Fair Isle jumpers for winter below.
The relaxed neutral tones featured in this knit mean that it can be styled up with the majority of your wardrobe.
The turtleneck of my dreams. Khaite’s perfect knit has made its way to the top of my wish list.
Espresso brown is the growing colour trend of the season.
Every fashion person will be flocking to Ganni this winter to get their hands on this delightful oversized knit.
Throw this over your most comfortably t-shirt for a warm winter outfit you’ll be coming back to all season.
Style with chocolate brown trousers for the perfect winter-ready look.
Style with dark wash jeans and lug-sole boots.
This oversized knit features a a ribbed finish at the cuff, neck and hem or a neater finish.
Add an easy splash of colour to your winter wardrobe.
Massimo Dutti’s muted knit styles so well with leather trousers and jackets.
Composed of pure merino wool, this chunky knit has a slightly slouchy finish.
Style with beige trousers for a tonal and perfectly cohesive look.
Wear with metallic trousers for a festive flaire.
So chic, so cosy.
Compose of wool and mohair this lofty jumper will keep you warm in style.