Trend Spotting: Fairisle

Fairisle is one of those words that awakens certain senses… it symbolizes chilly weather, playing in the snow and bundling up by a fire to warm your bones,  crisp air and red cheeks.

I never knew this, but fairisle is named after a small island in northern Scotland. The traditional knitting technique uses multiple colors to create the signature fairisle patterns, and first gained popularity when worn by the Prince of Wales in the early 1920s. Today its one of our favorite patterns for knitwear and we love it in all different forms – sweaters, leggings, socks, bags, you name it – it adds pattern, color and a touch of coziness to a basic outfit.

Here’s how some of us are rocking fairisle in the Free People office!

We love this cropped pullover to pieces! It’s the perfect sweater to throw on over a tank and jeans all fall and winter long.


I had to get a close-up of these amazing studded ankle boots too!


We’re dying over the new colors in the Pocono sweater leggings – These have snow day written all over them :)


Add some color to your outfit with a fairisle bag like the Peruvian ski satchel!


Lastly, this fairisle tunic is amazing! Just throw it on over some tights and boots, and you’re set!

Are you guys into the Fairisle Trend?

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8 years ago

Nice post!

8 years ago

I love this word and I need that cropped sweater in my life :)

8 years ago

Adore. I swear I’m on this blog every day. Wish I could afford anything that amazing FP creates!

8 years ago

I like the dress.

8 years ago

dibs on tunic

8 years ago

i just died a little.
I am obsessed with this blog. I check it every chance I get on my phone.
And I’m just as obsessed with free peoples clothes, but I really wish I could afford them!

8 years ago

Fairisle is my all time favorite print! I love everything!

8 years ago

I’m not sure how I can live without those tights…

7 years ago

Please email me at! I would love to buy this sweater!

7 years ago

the first sweater!

Peggy Cornum
6 years ago

Were can I buy the sweaters I see on pinterest?