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.
When you’re looking to really standout at the office holiday party, this dress with a delicate 3-button detail at the shoulder will have you more than covered. AE Fair Isle Sweater Dress, $29.99 American Eagle Outfitters
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
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
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
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