This fall/winter you don’t need to hit the slopes to sport the Fair Isle pattern, which is actually a knitting method. Marc Jacobs, Max Mara, Proenza Schouler and Rag & Bone all showed this pattern in their collections.
Proenza Schouler Fall/Winter 2010
It seems like this would be an easy trend to wear. But, beware, it is not as easy as ordering a sweater online or walking into a store and grabbing one. These sweaters can easily go from chic to the “ugly sweater” category quickly.
Too much pattern, too many colors and oversized, bulky sweaters are decidedly unflattering. Sure, you want the pattern to be noticeable, but covering your whole top in a large pattern doesn’t work well on many people. The pattern should be around the neck, or if you are slim, in the middle. A few bands of the Fair Isle pattern are ok, just don’t get lost in it.
Too many colors will compete with the already bold pattern. Stick with a piece with two to three main colors, with an accent color. If you have to question whether it is too much, it probably is.
Bulky and oversized sweaters in the Fair Isle pattern will age you. Can’t you see your grandmother in a bulky Fair Isle sweater serving turkey and gravy? Look for sweater or cardigans that are slim cut.
If you want to wear this pattern, but are nervous about wearing a whole top, try accessories. There are scarves and hats you can choose from to get your Faire Isle fix; you can even go bolder with the color and print since the pieces are smaller. So, there is no excuse to wear this trend at least once this fall/winter!
Still need inspiration? See some of my favorites and lookbook.
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