What to wear this weekend: FEMAIL picks the best fair isle jumpers

What to wear this weekend: FEMAIL picks the best fair isle sweaters for effortless style this season

  • Dinah Van Tulleken shares advice for embracing the fair isle jumper trend
  • Recommends choosing bold primary colors or muted tones for everyday use
  • British style editor reveals a selection of retailers currently stocking the trend


This can be a tricky season to dress for: too early to get festive, but cold and gloomy enough to have a little fun. The solution? Somewhere between a new Christmas sweater — not my style — and a practical plain knit, let’s hear it for the timeless Fair Isle sweater.


Note: I use the term ‘Fair Isle’ loosely. True Fair Isle is made on just one of the Shetland Islands and uses a limited palette of five colours. It’s an ancient craft passed down through generations and fiercely defended – Chanel “borrowed” a design from a local artist a few years ago and was forced to apologize.


No doubt Balenciaga, Loewe and Molly Goddard have made sure not to make the same mistake by putting similar patterns at the heart of their winter collections. It’s Goddard’s brightly colored designs that are at the top of my wish list.

Pictured: Knit, £89, radley.co.uk; jeans, £72, wyselondon.co.uk and loafers, £195, russell andbromley.co.uk

The London-born designer paired the traditional knits with her signature tulle party dresses (remember that pink dress on the hit BBC series Killing Eve?). Brilliantly insane, it’s what I’d wear to Christmas if I had the confidence and budget.


Fortunately, the High Street has a more affordable selection. If you’re not going to wear yours over a standout party dress, try it with your favorite floral midi dress – the clash of prints is all the rage right now. Or dress it up with jeans. It’s equally easy with a practical blue pair or the impractical yet fabulous white flares I’m wearing here.




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