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Eddie Bauer Fair Isle sweater, Kieselstein Cord thre horses belt, Sienna Studios leather skirt (all own)

Can you wear a Fair Isle sweater with a leather skirt? Read to learn how to style this unexpected look in an ecelctic way to look stylish.

  1. How to Style a Fair Isle Sweater
  2. The Look Has an Eclectic Vibe
  3. What I Wore Over the Fair Isle Sweater


Updated: 12/30/2021


How to Style a Fair Isle Sweater

This look is one of my favorite winter outfits: My Fair Isle sweater paired with my leather pencil skirt, Kieselstein Cord belt, tights, and suede boots. It sounds weird, but I think it looks great. I get a lot of compliments when I wear this outfit.

I can imagine that a shorter pencil skirt with a hem just above the knee also would look great with a colorful Fair Isle sweater, colored tights and booties. A straight mini leather skirt and colorful sweater in this knit pattern would look great with wool socks or tights and duck booties. The former one I would definitively wear. The latter option is certainly not for me today, but my younger me would have so worn this look.

However, being over 50 it looks just so much more sophisticated to go for the original Fair Isle sweater pattern, traditional color combination and craftsmanship.



The Look Has an Eclectic Vibe

What I also like about this outfit is that it is so unexpected. Typically, Fair Isle sweaters are worn with wool pants, or jeans. When paired with a skirt it is usually a denim one or some maxi skirt for a Bohemian style look.

The combination of a leather pencil skirt with this traditional knit sweater yields an attitude turned into eclectic style outfit.


style book author wearing a traditional Fair Isle sweater with a leather pencil skirt
Front view
influencer in Fair Isle sweater with pencil skirt
Outfit details: Eddie Bauer Fair Isle sweater, Kieselstein Cord belt and three horses buckle, Sienna Studios straight leather skirt, GNW flannel tights, and Vince Camuto suede boots. This Eddie Bauer sweater is a Fair Isle sweater in the loose sense. It was produced with the technique, but it was not produced on the Shetlands.



What I Wore Over the Fair Isle Sweater

When you follow the blog already for a while, you know that I always urge my readers to style the outerwear too. My outerwear outfit was more along the expected line even tough the coat is my latest purchase. Why expected? I bought again a motorcycle cut as if a white motorcycle jacket, and a motorcycle shearling jacket weren’t enough, I also have a lodden motorcycle coat!

My new coat is an eggplant shearling. At least, it said on the web that the coat is eggplant. I think it is burgundy, which is even better than eggplant. I paired it with my burgundy beret, and my burgundy scarf. To finish my “second outfit of the day”, I added burgundy gloves and a black structured bag.


stylist in eggplant shearling coat and beret
Cole Haan eggplant shearling motorcycle coat with Sierra Studio leather skirt, GNW flannel tights, Vince Camuto suede booties, structured bag, unbranded scarf, LeatherCoatsEtc gloves and beret


What was latest purchase? Do you also have a cut that you buy over and over again so it becomes sort of a signature for your personal style? What cut is it? Let me know, I am curious.

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