21 best Fair Isle sweaters for women to invest in this winter

We round up the best Fair Isle sweaters for women that will never go out of style

selection of the Best Fair Isle sweaters for women
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The best Fair Isle sweaters for women are sure to keep you cosy while also scoring high in style points. Timeless, elegant and with a touch of nostalgia, these classic knits are a winter wardrobe essential that you can reach for year after year. 

Originally identified by it's iconic geometric print, the Fair Isle sweater is actually named after Fair Isle, a small island North of Scotland. The colorful design first became popular in the 19th century, as a common pattern worn by fisherman, but in more recent years it has risen to fame with fans including Kate Middleton the Princess of Wales as well as a host of celebrities sporting the timeless design. The print has become so iconic, that British designer brand Molly Goddard sent a host of bold Fair Isle sweaters down the runway at her fall 2022 show. 

And it's no wonder the Fair Isle sweater has retained it's fashion crown for so long. One of the best sweaters you can add to your winter outfit ideas, it can be easily be dressed down with jeans, or made office appropriate by pairing with a pleated midi skirt or a pair of tailored trousers. Plus, it's also available in a range of fabrics from sustainable wool options to purse-friendly cotton blends, making it the ideal sweater for all budgets and styles. 


Ready to treat yourself to a new piece of knitwear? We've found the best Fair Isle sweaters for women that you can shop right now. This cozy knit is ideal for the festive season and beyond, and one style that always features in the winter fashion trends, ensuring this versatile knit offers plenty of longevity. These are our current favorites...


Fair Isle sweaters are usually worn around the Christmas period however they can be worn throughout winter and even on cooler spring days, if you opt for a less festive themed style. 


Yes, Fair Isle print comes into fashion season after season thanks to it's classic design and cosy style. 

Many celebrities including Katie Holmes and Reese Witherspoon have been spotted wearing chic Fair Isle sweaters this winter. Most famously, Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge, also loves a Fair Isle sweater and has been regularly seen wearing multiple cream Fair Isle knits.

Jazzria Harris
Fashion and beauty writer

Jazzria is a journalist and stylist specializing in fashion and beauty. After starting her career at ELLE UK in 2014, she went on to work as part of the style team at heat Magazine for 6 years before going freelance in 2022. 

Jazzria is an advocate for diversity within the fashion industry and previously wrote the column, Jazz’s Short Stories, developing a voice for petite style. She prides herself on creating content where everyone can see themselves and feel included no matter your size, skin tone or personal style.