Nothing says both "cold weather" and "the holiday season" quite like a fair isle sweater. A classic and cool choice, this must-have piece will keep you looking both festive and fashionable all fall and winter long. While going the traditional route never hurt anybody—with straightforward colors—there are also plenty of options out there now for taking the look one step further, like with a negative-space sweater from Alexander Wang and plenty of fun colors. Try one of these top 10 fair isle sweaters on for size.
This is almost definitely the sweater you should start with if you're only looking to dip your toe into the look.
$52.99 at ModCloth.
Still fairly straightforward, this sweater stands out because of its awesome color—and low price.
$59.95 at American Eagle.
Basic, NOT Boring
With a smaller stitch pattern, this is the ultimate in versatile, wear-with-everything fair isle.
$98 at Madewell.
Bold & Blue
Seriously loving that jewel-toned body that works so well with the nice colorwork above.
$170.86 at ASOS.
Green Is Grunge
This one looks so soft and cozy... and grungy, perfect for when you want to recall the 90s but it's still dang cold outside.
$96 at Topshop.
A major step up from your everyday fair isle, this bejeweled sweater is sure to stun.
$138 at J.Crew.
Layer this short-sleeved sweater over a long-sleeve button-down and you'll be handsomely rewarded.
$239.99 at J.Crew.
The Novelty Pick
It wouldn't be a true sweater round-up without at least one piece you could potentially wear to an "Ugly Sweater Party"—but totally wouldn't—right?
$140.60 at ASOS.
If you love the look of fair isle, why not invest in something you'll have for the long haul?
$325 at Net-a-Porter.
A New Take
Leave it to Alexander Wang to come up with a whole new, super-cool approach to fair isle.
$550 at Net-a-Porter.