Pair Fair Isle with leather when you want an unexpected look

Nicole of High Latitude style in unexpected eclectic look with leather and Fair Isle top

Musings on styling a winter favorite – Fair Isle sweaters

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 traditional 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.

style book author wearing a traditional Fair Isle sweater with a leather pencil skirtm

over 50 years old fashion blogger with Fair Isle sweater and leather 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 (all own)

What I wore outside

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 aubergine shearling. At least, it said on the web that the coat is aubergine. I think it is burgundy, which is even better than aubergine. 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.

style blogger in a winter outerwear outfit with shearling coat
Cole Haan aubergine shearling motorcycle coat with Sierra Studio leather skirt, GNW flannel tights, Vince Camuto suede booties, structured bag, unbranded scarf, LeatherCoatsEtc gloves and beret (all own)

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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Photos: G. Kramm

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