Named after a small island north of Scotland, fair isle is a knitting technique used to create one of fall’s most recognizable patterns. Nothing says or looks like warmth to me more than a fair isle sweater and now that the days have started to get chillier, I’m happy to be breaking out one of my favorite pieces. Here’s a simple and sharp layered look that’s perfect for any cool fall day.
This look is actually very similar to one that I wore in Venice. The only difference other than the shoes is the sweater. In Venice I wore a lighter weight V-neck and now that I’ve been starting to see my breath when I exhale, a thicker crew neck is serving me a little better.
As with any item with a prominent or bold pattern, it is best to pair a fair isle sweater with garments that are more muted and simple. Statement pieces, whether classic like fair isle or much bolder, always work best when they don’t have to compete with other items.
This Look: Navy blazer c/o Reiss (more options here) – Fair isle crew neck sweater c/o H&M Mauritz Archive Collection (similar) – White button down shirt by J.Crew – Brown chinos by Gap – Burgundy belt c/o ASOS – Pocket square by The Tie Bar (similar) – Watch with brown leather strap by Timex – Sunglasses by Ray-Ban (Clubmaster) – Burgundy shoes c/o ASOS
Thanks for reading.
He Spoke Style
Photography by Rob McIver Photo.