Nothing marks the start of the chilly season like a Fair Isle knit. They may be almost 100 years old (some of the first date back to the early 1920s), but you can always rely on designers to inject them with a new lease of life every few season. Now we know what you're thinking—they've been known to fall on the cheesy side of winter dressing. But you only have to look at Burberry's latest runway offering to see that 2017 is finally the year that Fair Isle gets the super-chic treatment it deserves. Even Victoria Beckham and Stella McCartney are on board.
Fluffy jackets, wool coats and cute ankle boots are all very well, but when it comes to declaring that you've officially let go of the Indian Summer dream and are looking firmly towards the days of mulled wine and spiced lattes—that's the job of a Fair Isle, and we're planning on debuting ours a lot earlier this year, i.e., now.
As per usual, we've done all the leg work for you and rounded up the very best Fairisle jumpers out there. You're definitely going to want to wear all of these stat—we'll be teaming ours with a miniskirt, tights and a vinyl trench for October.
Keep scrolling to shop the Who What Wear UK Fair Isle edit below.
Say farewell to the Christmas clichés.
Navy is always a chic choice.
It's not all chunky knits. Tuck this sleek sweater into a high-waisted skirt.
Add serious style to autumnal weekends.
Cropped knits are big news for A/W 17.
In Stella we trust—this oversized knit works with everything.
Yep, Temperley just made Fair Isle elegant.
VB's take on Fair Isle was always going to be good.
Next up, the best winter coats you'll want to buy now.
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