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The Season's Best Fair Isle

Each year, we're alerted to the approaching holiday season by certain telltale signs that seem to appear out of nowhere--gift displays of shaving kits and sock sets at the department stores, boxes of tree ornaments and spools of garland spilling out onto the aisles at the local drugstores, and that unmistakable knit pattern that infiltrates the pages of all those specialty retailer catalogs (you know the ones). Fair Isle is a knitting technique that specializes in creating--usually very intricate--repeated bands of multicolor patterns. And for whatever reason, people really like wearing this print around the holidays. It's sometimes snowflakes and deer in traditional seasonal greens and reds and other times it's geometric shapes in bolder, more contemporary colors. But no matter what, it winds up on everything from socks to sweaters. And each season, I have to admit, I feel compelled to take advantage of this yearly event and add just a bit of Fair Isle to help get me into the holiday spirit. Here are ten of my favorites for this year's merry measure.
Sweater Dress
Leggings
Snow Boots
Over the Knee Socks
Pajamas
Mittens
Jersey Dress
Cardigan
Scarf
Sweater

Leggings

Made from a soft blend of jersey knit, spandex, polyester, and rayon, these snowflake leggings are perfect for layering under a plain tunic or a dress. Holiday Inspired Fair Isle Nordic Snowflake Print Leggings, $13.99 Amazon

Leggings

Made from a soft blend of jersey knit, spandex, polyester, and rayon, these snowflake leggings are perfect for layering under a plain tunic or a dress. Holiday Inspired Fair Isle Nordic Snowflake Print Leggings, $13.99 Amazon

Snow Boots

This mid-calf boot with a super cushy insole, rubber outsole and an oh-so-cute reindeer motif are sure to make dashing through the snow this year that much more fun. Muk Luks Sesu Women Retro Nordic Snow Boot Vanilla, $136 Target

Over the Knee Socks

For all you winter short wearers out there, these socks are exactly what you need to add just a little holiday flair—and to keep your legs from totally freezing. Free People Fair Isle Over the Knee Socks, $24 Nordstrom

Pajamas

Who said Fair Isle has to be all about getting bundled up? You get to stay snug and sexy in this adorable thermal pajama set. Tommy Hilfiger Thermal Top and Pajama Pants Set, $50.99 Macy’s

Mittens

These wool and mohair mittens are sure to keep your hands nice and warm long after you’ve left the chestnuts and the open fire. Fair Isle Mittens, $34 Levi’s

Jersey Dress

This dress puts a contemporary twist on the classically laid-back style of Fair Isle with a low V-neck back and sassy pleats. Top Shop Fair Isle Jersey Dress, $52 Nordstrom

Cardigan

Put a little prep in your step by pairing this playful cardigan with your favorite skinny jeans and distressed-leather booties. Pepe Jeans Fair Isle Cardigan, $167.11 ASOS

Scarf

Stay cheerful in even the worst wintry mix with bold, punchy colors. Fair Isle Scarf, $39.95 Eddie Bauer

Sweater

The hint of silk and angora in this understated take on Fair Isle means it’s probably comfortable enough to make anyone want to wear it long after sweater season is over. Velvet by Graham & Spencer Jaleesa Fair Isle Sweater Bordeux, $158 Piperlime

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