Fair Isle is back. Here’s how to rock the look with ease

Style icons through the ages have rocked the Fair Isle look with ease. Indeed, for most of us, the very words conjure up youthful and stylish images of Mia Farrow, Paul and Linda McCartney, Twiggy, et al, happily hanging out in sweaters emblazoned with the traditional pattern. And the good news? Fair Isle is having a moment again.

From high-end designers to high-street stores, the Fair Isle jumper – which takes its name from the traditional knitwear of the island in northern Scotland that lies approximately halfway between mainland Shetland and Orkney – is a staple this season. Some shops are extending the trend to their socks, gloves, scarves and hats, too.

With a range of different takes on the classic design, here is our pick of the most fabulous Fair Isle looks online.

1) Joseph
www.joseph-fashion.com


FAIR ISLE KNIT DOUBLE SWEATER

Traditional Fair Isle colours are combined in this jumper with super-cool neon accents for a contemporary update.

2) Stella McCartney
www.stellamccartney.com


FAIR ISLE CREW NECK JUMPER

Stella took inspiration for this gorgeous sweater from the ones in the 1970s wardrobe of her father, Paul McCartney.

3) Loewe
www.loewe.com


LOEWE SWEATER ARGYLE SLEEVES

With argyle sleeves and a Fair Isle print around the neck, two old-school trends merge here in one luxurious jumper.

4) Toast
www.toa.st


SEAMLESS FAIR ISLE YOKE SWEATER

You’ll exude effortless, wholesome style with this subtle variation on the Fair Isle theme. Don’t miss the Fair Isle gloves, hats and scarves on offer here as well.

5) Boden
www.boden.co.uk


HEATHER FAIR ISLE JUMPER

This fitted sweater, with its single-colour Fair Isle pattern, is perfect off-duty material.

6) Uniqlo
www.uniqlo.com


J.W.ANDERSON FAIR ISLE MOCK NECK SWEATER

And there’s one for the men, too. In two great colourways, this retro sweater – by English designer JW Anderson for Uniqlo – smacks of skiing holidays past. Look out for the men’s Fair Isle socks here, too.

October 2017