NYC style blogger wearing yellow gold pants with yellow fair isle sweater, brown boots and a glass of champagne sitting on her apartment couch

The Best Fair Isle Sweaters And The Perfect Jewelry To Dress Them Up

The whole “ugly sweater” party was fun and all, but one sad side effect is that Fair Isle sweaters, which are definitely not ugly, got unfairly scooped up into that theme. Just because a clever sweatshirt with a Home Alone quote on it mimics a Fair Isle pattern, does not mean we should overlook an entire sweater genre. Especially not one this cozy.  And also pretty.  Today, I’m showing how you can easily (and chic-ly!) dress up your favorite Fair Isle for the next holiday party on your calendar, with the help of some fancy pants and a little classic sparkle a la David Yurman.

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TOPSHOP

Fair Isle Sweater

TOPSHOP

Clean Peg Satin Trousers

DAVID YURMAN

‘Crossover’ Cuff with Gold

DAVID YURMAN

Cable Collectibles Mini Pinky Ring in 18K Gold with Princess Cut Diamond

DAVID YURMAN

‘X’ Bracelet with Gold

TONY BIANCO

Frappe Bootie (featured boots sold out, similar HERE and HERE)

AREA STARS

Felice Crystal Fringe Chandelier Earrings (similar HERE and HERE)

NARS

Powermatte Lip Pigment in Starwoman

JOIE

Karenya Wool Sweater

J. CREW

Mock Neck Fair Isle Cashmere Sweater

1901

Fair Isle Shrunken Turtleneck Sweater

Style blogger in her apartment wearing yellow gold satin pants with a yellow fair isle Topshop sweater with a glass of champagne
NYC style blogger Mary Orton wearing yellow gold fair isle sweater with matching yellow pants, chandelier earrings, red lip and a glass of champagne
NYC style blogger wears gold yellow satin cropped pants with heeled brown boots and sweater

Fair Isle sweater patterns come from a traditional knitting technique first used in the Shetland Islands, where patterns are created using various colors. They became v posh when the Prince of Wales (and future king of England) wore them in the early 1920s.  Conveniently for us, the colors and styles have been modernized to look absolutely amazing when dressed up for a holiday event.  Although, please still feel free to wear them near a roaring fire with a cup of cocoa. 

I’ve included a round-up of my favorite Fair Isle sweaters at the bottom of this post (how stunning is this one?!) but the mustard Fair Isle sweater I’m wearing today is a favorite found at Nordstrom.  To dress it up and make it event-ready, I’ve paired it with some classic David Yurman jewelry and satin trousers that I’m probably going to refuse to take off because I love them so much.  I mean really, we don’t spend enough time talking about metallic pants.

 


As far as accessories go, we’re talking about a classic sweater, so let’s make sure our jewelry follows suit.  Here, I’m wearing a pair of David Yurman bracelets (here and here) that I also found at Nordstrom, along with the brand’s stunning mini pinky ring in 14K gold.  There are few jewelry brands that make me as warm and fuzzy inside as a Fair Isle sweater does on the outside, and David Yurman is definitely one of them.  I still remember opening my first piece of their jewelry from my parents when I was in high school—a piece I still wear constantly!

These David Yurman pieces dress up my Fair Isle sweater in an effortless, sophisticated way, but they’re also just as wearable with your everyday workwear, weekend wear, everything.  For this reason, I highly suggest gifting (or requesting…) a David Yurman piece this year—there’s really no limit to ways you can wear these treasures, forever.  Add a heeled bootie and this look is 100% ready to party while listening to Celine’s Christmas album on repeat.  Check out several of my favorite David Yurman pieces below!

NYC style blogger wearing gold fair isle sweater with yellow pants and David Yurman jewelry bracelets and ring with red nails
NYC style blogger Mary Orton in Topshop fair isle sweater in gold and red pattern with matching gold satin pants and brown boots

Is your closet lacking in the Fair Isle sweater category?  Have no fear.  I’ve also rounded up all of my favorite Fair Isle sweaters of the season below! Cheers to a chic and cozy winter in these beauties!



 

Style blogger in her apartment wearing yellow gold satin pants with a yellow fair isle Topshop sweater with a glass of champagne and brown boots
NYC style blogger in yellow sweater and matching gold pants sitting on couch
NYC style blogger in yellow sweater with matching pants with silver and gold David Yurman jewelry bracelets and ring
NYC style blogger in gold metallic pants with yellow fair isle Topshop sweater in apartment
NYC style blogger wearing yellow gold satin pants with yellow fair isle sweater with heeled brown booties
NYC style blogger wears yellow chunky sweater with gold metallic pants and silver chandelier earrings
NYC style blogger wearing yellow patterned sweater with gold satin pants and silver drop earrings with red lip
THE BEST FAIR ISLE SWEATERS OF THE SEASON

Thanks to ShopStyle and Nordstrom for partnering on this post!

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