Model Jacquelyn Jablonski for AnOther Magazine Fall/Winter 2010, fair isle socks by Jean Paul Gaultier.
Fair Isle, Nordic and Navajo prints are all patterns that re-appear in fashion in the beginning of fall. These patterns evoke a “cozy” feeling and are most often used in knitted sweaters, emphasizing the feeling of comfort. Although fair isle prints is the hot trend of fall/winter, this pattern’s beginning to sneak into spring. Fair isle is now being seen more in shorts and skirts, allowing this “fall-winter” pattern to now elude into, an all-season trend.
Forever 21 fair isle skirt & belt, American Apparel cropped top, Tinley Road faux fur coat, Sam Edelman clogs, misc. thigh high nylons.


1. Go for smaller prints: Fair isle is a pattern ultimately made up of winter-inspired snowflakes and zig-zags. The bigger the print, the more pronounced this pattern appears making it apparent that it’s made of winter inspired symbols. Keeping the print smaller will make it appear more “tribal-like” then “winter-y” allowing the pattern to be more appropriate for spring.

2. Aim for colors outside of gray and brown: Earthy tones such as gray and brown are most often used to depict fall. To stray away from a fall/winter look, look for isle print patterns in non-autumn like colors. In addition, when pairing your outfit make sure the rest of your clothes don’t consist of fall-like colors. The colors on my skirt are composed of black, red, turquoise and silver, colors not usually representative of fall nor winter.
3. Pair it with spring/summer neutrals: Reinforce this fair-isle spring look by pairing your outfit with other spring clothes. Something as basic as a t-shirt, tank-top, or even anything sheer will do.
4. OR show some skin: Showing off skin is the most basic element someone can do to show that spring is here. It also automatically contradicts the whole fair-isle being appropriate for only fall-winter, allowing people to see that fair-isle can be worn during the heat.

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