Fair Isle Made Modern

Fair Isle patterns really aren’t my thing.

They just harken memories of bad 1980s sweaters like these:

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All 80s sweaters via liketotally80s

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And yet … they’re suddenly everywhere. 

Over the weekend, I saw a cute outfit in a magazine pairing a Fair Isle sweater with an icy blue skirt. Specifically, this Fair Isle sweater from Old Navy:

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This rings in at less than $40.

And then I opened up the latest Boden catalog to see this:

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I like the neon pink color pop.

Here’s another option from J. Crew Factory:

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If you’re not ready to commit to the trend, these accessories are a start:

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Splendid scarf

And even though this Boden Hat & Mittens set with a matching Scarf are technically for tweens, I could still see them being cheery and fun for adults:

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Are you wearing Fair Isle this fall?

Old Navy Fall Edit

I always forget about Old Navy.

Even though there’s a store only five minutes away from my house, I probably venture there less than once a year, and my kids are the usual recipients of the bounty.

And I have mixed feelings about Old Navy.

Yes, they have amazing deals on basics (tees, flip flops) and fast fashion.

Yes, you can walk out with two overflowing bags for less than $100.

Yes, everything falls apart after about four months.

And I’ve said it before, but when a fleece jacket costs $12, it makes me nervous that someone is being exploited somewhere to make that possible.

Having said that (and pushing my doubts aside and convictions down), if you’re in the market for a few fall wardrobe additions, these pieces caught my eye:

An extra long cardigan in charcoal gray. This is a perfect layer to keep at the office.

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A cowl neck poncho in a versatile taupe color. I’m a huge fan of ponchos over slim pants.

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A tee with faux leather details.

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A colorful scarf that would look great with all the plaid being shown right now.

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And speaking of plaid: Red and pink scarves.

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A faux suede crossbody bag that seriously echoes Clare V.

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And from their activewear line, these compression crop pants in purple and teal.

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Do you shop at Old Navy? What do you think are their best deals?