There are just some clothing items that return each winter. Leather trousers, lug-sole boots, puffer coats—they reemerge like clockwork come December and seemingly vanish by April until the cycle repeats the next year. Fair Isle sweaters are another reliably consistent staple of the cold-weather months.
It may be a mainstay of winter wardrobes, but the humble Fair Isle sweater is definitely getting a fashion upgrade this season. Designers such as Khaite and Tory Burch are tapping into the après-ski mood and putting their lens on things for what has to be the knit's coolest versions yet, from cozy cardigans to luxe mohair pieces and bright pops of color. Continue on to see the very best Fair Isle sweaters that winter 2023 has to offer, plus a few outfit ideas to match.
Rule number one of H&M sweater shopping: always spring for the Premium Selection style.
I can feel how soft this is though my laptop screen.
Wear it with relaxed white denim like a fashion person would.
And then there's Khaite's luxe version to blow them all out of the water.
I'm a sucker for anything in this pretty shade of blue.
I brought this V-neck on a recent trip to Aspen, and it was the best packing decision I could have made.
Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.