Fair Isle Sweaters

Fair Isle is a Scottish knitting technique known for using a palette of colors. Although the term now applies to sweaters made as far away from Scotland as one can imagine, the look is more or less the same: ski bunny meets Highlands hiker. Adorable.

The key to wearing this trend and not looking like a mountain dweller or someone’s great-grandmother is simple: accessorize. Another good tip: follow Kenzo’s lead and mix your Fair Isle with other prints and tall boots, or opt for a Fair Isle mini dress:

Kenzo fall 2009

Kenzo fall 2009

And now for your recession-proof options…

Victoria Secret Fair Isle Turtleneck Sweaterdress — $79

Forever 21: $24.90

Fire Sweater Dress — $29.25 at Macy’s.

Classic American Eagle Outfitters — $39.95

Vintage sweater from Ebay — so hurry! — $54.50

Pricier….but look at those fantastic sleeves…Twenty8Twelve — $144

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