Sometimes called an Aran sweater, these were first knit by Irish wives for their fishermen husbands who needed the natural oils in the wool to wick away the damp and cold. It’s been a lasting style for it’s function as well as fashion – now you can find them in the softest wool blends in varying patterns as an official notice that winter has arrived.
For the men, try one zipped or shawl collared over a plaid button down for the rugged Billy Reid look, worn with jeans for weekend casual.
Orvis zip up fisherman’s sweater with elbow patches, $169
L.L.Bean shawl collar fisherman’s sweater, $149
And for the ladies? My favorite trick of shopping in the kid’s department really pays off here – get a little girl’s sweater at L.L. Bean for $39.50! It fits more snug and is less bulky. I have grey and wear it with almost everything to bring a little Ireland by way of New England feel to outfits.
L.L. Bean Girls crew neck fisherman’s sweater, $39.50
See how chic Mary Kate Steinmiller looks with hers on!
(ok I know the 2nd one is just a regular cable knit but same idea! I just love this picture because MKS has the same Marni shoes I have and love. Chic point for me!)
MKS images via Sartorialist/Garance Dore