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Solid, neutral sweaters are cool, but it’s hard to beat the rustic charm of a cozy Fair Isle sweater. The kitschy-but-timeless look has been a coveted one for hundreds of years and a fan favorite of the British royal family.
Ready for a little fashion history? According to BBC, the uniquely festive knit design was originated by the people of Fair Isle (an island north of Scotland) way back in the early 1800s for local fisherman to wear. It caught on, and here I am in the year 2021, sitting on my couch, combing the internet for the same pattern. Talk about a style with staying power.
If you’re looking for a sweater that’s mega cozy and just a little bit whimsical, Fair Isle is the perfect starting point. I’ve made your hunt for the perfect Fair Isle sweater easy by picking 13 of the cutest ones. The hard part will be choosing which one (or two . . .) to buy.