From its origins on one of smallest of the Shetland Islands to regal outings in the form of vests worn by Edward VIII during rounds of golf in the 1920s, the fair isle knit undergoes somewhat of a renaissance this AW11 season.
^ River Island rust jumper (available at ASOS – £36)
Featured in the collections of high-end stalwart Brit brands (Burberry Prorsum), as well as those populating the high-street (River Island, Topman etc.), fair isle knitwear seems, in the majority of cases, to have narrowly escaped its former kitsch factor and most of this season’s incarnations have managed to evade obvious ‘Xmas jumper’ references.
^ Topman Crewneck Jumper – £40
Still, as an unabashed bore when it comes to pattern and colourways, it’s with a certain degree of reserve that I welcome the iconic Scottish look into stores.
^ DO - Burberry Prorsum (available at Mr Porter – €667)
^ DON’T - Ralph Lauren Purple (available at Mr Porter – €1,448)
As Mr Porter outline in their ‘How-to-wear’ guide, just ensure it’s slim-fitting and you’re not smoking a pipe. Adding my own two cents, I’d advise giving any muted greens or browns a wide berth, as well as avoiding anything remotely snowflake-y like the Winter plague.
^ Scott Nichol boot socks (at ASOS – £18); boot socks are a great way to incorporate the dynamic fairisle pattern without blinding yourself and the rest of the populace.