I was never more stylish than I was in the days when my mother dressed me, and back then, one of the best pieces in my wee six year-old wardrobe was a rather perfect hand-knit Fair Isle cardigan: red, blue, and white, with big coin buttons. It’s long gone, of course, but it lives on in my mind as the platonic ideal of such things, and I’ve been searching for a suitable replacement for literally decades.
Meanwhile, here’s a cute cardigan at a very nice price.
I like the nubby texture here, and the chill little pop of yellow.
Some of my favorite Fair Isles are ones that take liberties with the design, and this one is pretty excellent in that respect—nice and minimal.
Just a happy burst of primary colors.
A nicely subued (and slightly cropped) option from Vince.
The Fair Isle pattern here is reversed out, which is clever.
Black and white is pleasingly graphic here.
I have an irrational fear of tops and sweaters that don’t reveal my collarbone, but I might make an exception for this mock-neck.
The shorter sleeves here streamline this sweater.
This looks like a decades-old handmade vintage store treasure.
This is just kind of happy.
This cardigan is from the Sundance catalogue (where, if you dig, you can sometimes find good stuff) and I think it’s so bright and adorable. On really cold days, I’d layer it over a thin cashmere hoodie.