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Head to Toe: Fair Isle

  • Najib Benouar


Fair Isle. It’s an actual place in Scotland.

And its inhabitants know a thing or two about knitting a festive sweater.

Nowadays the term “Fair Isle” denotes anything in the familiar multicolor intarsia knit—not just sweaters from the tiny island of 100 or so. And since ’tis the season, we’ve rounded up the finest examples of the look from the knit cap all the way down to your socks—in the event that you’d like to wear Fair Isle from head to toe. (Not that we’re saying you should. Or shouldn’t.)

Herewith, your head-to-toe guide to wearing Fair Isle:

1119_FairIsle_1The Knit Cap: Thom Browne

1119_FairIsle_2The Extremely Authentic Sweater: Fair Isle Knitwear

1119_FairIsle_3The Tie: Anonymousisms

1119_FairIsle_4The Jacket: Moncler W

1119_Fair Isle_5The Pants: Franklin Marshall

1119_FairIsle_6The Socks: Pantherella

1119_FairIsle_7The Shoes: Fred Perry