It’s (Fair Isle) sweater weather

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The good news here is that there are plenty of great Fair Isle sweaters to love this season. The bad news is that most of them are on the pricey side. I’ve got a few here that ring in under or around the $100 mark, but others go higher, and I think part of the reason is that so many of them look like—or actually are—hand-knit. I’d probably switch out the oversized pearl buttons here for something a tad quieter, but I do think this is very very pretty and kind of feminine, as these things go.

Here’s one from Old Navy that rings in just under $50. I dig the pink and black together.

This Rachel Comey sweater is so luxuriously chunky.

Nili Lotan’s entry in this category is suitably subtle.

A super-bright option from Boden.

I think the color combination here is very satisfyingly old-school.

And speaking of which, I think the colors here are just really elegant.

How much do I want this bright yellow cardigan?

Here’s a very luxe-looking option that can be yours for under $100.

I like how well the purple plays with the green here.

A nice, lighter-weight option that’s pleasingly preppy.

And finally: check out Etsy for a multitude of vintage and handmade options, like this awesome cardigan that is in my shopping cart even as I type.

Top 5 of the week: The Adidas/Marimekko collab

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There have been a lot of intriguing-but-flawed collaborations lately: luggage brand Tumi with Missoni, which is gorgeous but pricey; Puma and Liberty of London, which is cute but a little loud for my taste; and Target and Nili Lotan, Rachel Comey, and others, which was fantastic but sold out seemingly in minutes. The only one I’m really loving is Adidas’s partnership with Marimekko, which is cute and fun but not overpowering. I think this hoodie is just golden, literally and figuratively.

How fun: Stan Smiths with a bold Marimekko flower. I don’t usually like sneakers that aren’t solid-colored, but these are just a delight.

A decidedly non-workaday gym bag that could double as a weekender.


I really like the gold stripe details on this puffer, and while the front-and-center Adidas logo is not so much my thing, it’s also not bugging me.

Just a sweet little sports bra that looks pretty comfy.

Suddenly, I’m intrigued by sweater vests

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That’s because suddenly they’re everywhere, and also because they are right up my preppy/tomboy alley. I like the idea of them worn over button-downs, but they also look fantastic with long-sleeved tees. This one is the just-right amount of oversized to look slouchy (and not so oversized that it looks sloppy).

This one from Madewell has just the hint of a sleeve, which I dig.

The checked pattern here is fun, and the fact that it’s in pastel colors makes it comparatively  subtle.

This ribbed number from Cos has a nice, deep V.

This is an alpaca blend, which ought to be nice and cozy, and it looks pretty luxe for something that rings in just under $100.

I must admit that I’m tempted by this pre-styled option: the shirt details are part of the vest

An elegant choice from H&M that’s just the tiniest bit cropped.

A Fair Isle pattern is nicely autumnal.

And finally, this button-up number might be my favorite. I’d layer it under a blazer for a Lady Professor look.

 

 

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