Here's a little tidbit you can add to the conversation starter that is your brand new Fair Isle sweater: the cozy top boasts Scottish and Scandinavian roots and is named after a traditional knitting style from Fair Isle of the Shetland Islands. It's a technique that uses multiple colors knitted in a number of patterns — and is exactly why we love it. Sure you can opt for a cable knit fisherman-style sweater, but what's the fun in sporting one solid color? We'd rather stay warm and comfy in a multi-hued knit, which perfectly stands out in a snow-covered backdrop. (We see a future Instagram photo op!) And the number one reason why we love fair isle sweaters is they never go out of style! You can wear them winter after winter after winter after winter...you get the point. Check out our slideshow to see which Fair Isle knit fits you best, we promise you'll keep it on all winter long. Read about more winter trends and stories: the best skincare tips for winter, the comfiest trends for winter, and 11 things you must wear this winter. [Photo: Keiko Lynn]
Justine Timberlake's lady love is known for her chic California girl style, and her SMYTHE Fair Isle Duffle Coat ($696.50, down from $995) is the perfect adaptation of that look for winter. We're suckers for fair aisle -- but the fur trim and quilted lining of this coat take it over the edge. We want to live in it for winter -- don't you? Get your buns over to Shopbop -- there's only 1 size left. Shop our guides to the best sexy bras, winter fashion, and military jackets.
When we think of Fair Isle, we used to think cheesy Christmas photos or a wooden cabin in Vermont. But thanks to Dolce & Gabbana, Rag & Bone, and a few other trend makers, Fair Isle is back on the map. According to the NYTimes, everybody is as obsessed with the classic snowflake prints as we are. Plus, they make the perfect gifts: everyone from gramps to your cool cousin will love them: Check out more our favorite winter trends. Shop our guides to the best sweaters, the best scarves, and the best winter hats. Join our e-mail list for exclusive SHEFinds updates.