Fair Isle Sweaters Are Always In Style & These Are Our Favorites

Best Fair Isle Sweaters

There’s something about a Fair Isle sweater that just screams fall and winter! When we think about Fair Isle sweaters we think about cold weather, cozy weekends, and all the fall/winter activities. For those of you who don’t know, Fair Isle is a knitting technique that creates patterns using various colors at once…resulting in a classic, chic, and cool look. It’s named after an island in northern Scotland. Fair Isle sweaters really took off after the Prince of Wales was seen wearing them in the 1920s. You might remember the late Princess Diana wearing a Fair Isle sweater in the 80s too. So, it’s safe to say that this isn’t a trend or something that’s going away anytime soon! Below we’re sharing 18 Fair Isle sweaters we’re loving for fall/winter.

Find even more sweaters (all under $200) here.

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Velvet Fair Isle Sweater

Erin picked up this gorgeous Fair Isle sweater by Velvet for the fall and loves the more muted colors. Just trust us, the pistachio green, taupe, and gray color combo is even more gorgeous in person. It’s 74% alpaca wool so it will keep you warm but it’s a mid-weight knit so it’s not overly bulky or heavy. It runs true to size but is designed for a roomier fit. This is one of those sweaters you can throw on with jeans and be out the door in minutes. It also comes in a light purple version that’s so pretty. Our YouTube co-producer bought both and you can see how she styled them here.

Pink Fair Isle Sweater | Best Fair Isle Sweaters

Pink Fair Isle Sweater

How fun is this hot pink Fair Isle sweater by Saylor?! It’s very bright and has an even more oversized fit so you can wear it with jeans, leggings, or pants. Erin ended up returning this sweater because she didn’t feel the pink was the right pink for her. BUT, that doesn’t mean it isn’t the right pink for one of you so we wanted to share it just in case it speaks to you and you love it!

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More Fair Isle Sweaters

We organized all of our favorite Fair Isle sweaters into categories by color, so you can choose between brown Fair Isle sweaters, white/neutral Fair Isle sweaters, gray/black/white Fair Isle sweaters, and colorful Fair Isle sweaters. Keep scrolling to find more information on why we love these so much…

Let us know which of these is your favorite in the comments below!

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Beautiful Brown

We love the deep brown color and voluminous sleeves on this Karen Kane sweater.

Fun Sleeves

The pattern on this Sea sweater is just so gorgeous and we love the details around the shoulders.

Classic & Affordable

This sweater is a great, classic option and it’s only $70!

Prettiest Brown Tones

J. Crew has gorgeous Fair Isle pieces and this one has the prettiest brown tones.

Affordable Neutral Option

We love the fold-over turtleneck on this sweater and it’s affordable too!

Subtle & Muted

This sweater has a more muted and subtle pattern, which is really nice if you’re not 100% sold on the Fair Isle look.

Cozy & Versatile

This Z Supply sweater looks SO cozy and the colors are so versatile you can wear this with everything.

It's Cashmere!

This is one of Erin’s favorite cashmere brands and this sweater is currently on sale!

Super High-Quality!

This dark gray sweater is by the same brand as the first Fair Isle sweater Erin’s wearing above so you know the quality is great!

Pretty Pattern

How gorgeous is this Veronica Beard sweater? We really love the pattern on this one!

For Less

If you like the look of #10 but it’s out of budget, this is a wonderful look-a-like for under $100.

Classic & Luxe

For a classic, high-quality black and white Fair Isle sweater, this one by James Perse is lovely.

Pop of Color

If you just want a pop of color, this Maje sweater is perfect!

Pretty In Pink

Love pink as much as Erin does? This Majorelle sweater is so fun and not too bright!

Fair Isle Cardigan

If you’re looking to lighten up your fall/winter wardrobe, this Fair Isle cardigan from J. Crew is so gorgeous! It also comes in a neutral brown color too.

Gorgeous Green

This green color is one that looks gorgeous on so many skin tones!
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  1. I was so surprised to see that you, as a petite, did not make any comments about body structure and the need to be careful in wear of Fair Isle sweaters. Although I do appreciate the colors and the weave of this style I’ve never found one that doesn’t make me look horrendous due to my size. In fact, I’ve never seen any comments anywhere in style, blogs, etc., so maybe I’m missing something! I am 4 feet 11, and at this point about 112-115#, with a 36D bust Even when I was at my lowest weight of 93#, and 34D, there was nothing flattering in this sweater for me. It only accentuated my chest..always made me look extremely top-heavy with a huge, wide chest.

    1. This is definitely one of those styles that will accentuate your chest because of its design, so if you have a larger bust, or are an Inverted Triangle body shape it may be a style that you want to avoid. It is always important to dress for you and your body shape! Great reminder, Leslie! ~Team Busbee

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