Cozy Up in Fair Isle Knits for Fall

Lindsay Ferrier
Beauty & Style

Marc JacobsFair Isle is a remote island in northern Scotland, with a population of 700.

What, you might be wondering, does that have to do with your wardrobe?

Well, Fair Isle is the spot where a particular style of knitting was developed 400 years ago, and while you might not recognize the name, you'll definitely recognize the pattern, seen to your left at Marc Jacobs' fall 2010 runway show.

We've seen Fair Isle sweaters around for years. Now, thanks to the fall runway shows of Dolce & Gabbana, Rag & Bone, and Marc Jacobs, the Fair Isle look is back in a big way ...

... And this is one trend that's both casual and affordable enough for the average mom to get in on.

After the jump, check out my top Fair Isle picks for fall that'll help you make an impact this season -- without impacting your wallet!







Victoria's SecretVictoria's Secret has gotten in on the Fair Isle trend in a big way, offering several different takes on the knits. This Fair Isle Turtleneck Sweater (Victoria's Secret, $58) is one of my favorites. It has a great retro-preppy vibe.


Lord & TaylorWork the Fair Isle look into your wardrobe more subtly with this pretty Ralph Lauren Fair Isle Scarf (Lord & Taylor, $50).


Hanna AnderssonShow off your casual style at the kids' next soccer game with this cute Storyteller Sweater (Hanna Andersson, $50 on sale). I LOVE Hanna Andersson's women's clothes -- they hold up extremely well.


ModClothThese Snow Bunny Tights (ModCloth, $34.99) are a cheery way to stay warm and stylish in wintertime.


AEThese AE Fair Isle clogs (American Eagle, $34.99) just scream SKI LODGE!


Victoria's SecretThis Slouchy Fair Isle Sweater Dress (Victoria's Secret, $88) would look fabulous on a frosty day layered over a pair of leggings.



These Fair Isle Mittens (ASOS, $16.85) remind me of childhood -- but don't worry, the string is detachable! I kind of like it, though.


RugbyA Fair Isle Sweater Vest (Rugby, $128) would give your Fair Isle nod some edge.

What do you think of the Fair Isle knit? Will you wear it this season?


Images (top to bottom): Marc Jacobs, Victoria's Secret, Lord & Taylor, Hanna Andersson, ModCloth, AE, Victoria's Secret, ASOS, Rugby


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