Tuesday, October 22, 2013

What to wear: A Fair Isle sweater from Lands' End


With the vibrant colors of autumn starting to give way to a bit of snow, at least here in Michigan, the time for Fair Isle is now.

A must-have for the discerning gentleman, the Fair Isle sweater was popularized by the Duke of Windsor, whose legacy is arguably best defined by his contributions to menswear and not his tumultuous reign on the British throne as Edward VIII.

As with last year, the best value can be had at Lands’ End.

PHOTO courtesy of Lands' End.

Recently released for late autumn, the 100 percent wool sweater is available in two colors: "Nut heather" ($89 $71.20 through the end of the day; available here) and "forest night" ($89 $71.20 through the end of the day; available here).

And like everything at Lands’ End, satisfaction is guaranteed.

The Dodgeville, Wisconsin-based retailer stands by its offerings, which means if the elbows on the sleeves wear out or the wool starts to pill you can return it with no questions asked.

That sort of commitment is almost unheard of these days. Just try returning that heavily discounted sweater, made from inferior wool blended with nylon or acrylic, when it falls apart and see what the big-name department store says.

How to wear it

Fair Isle is incredibly versatile and shouldn’t be limited to weekends with denim jeans or corduroy pants, although it can and should be your go-to sweater through early January.

PHOTO courtesy of Polo Ralph Lauren.

Though Fair Isle nicely compliments tartan, it is stunning when paired with tweed (pictured above).

For the dandy, pair a Fair Isle with a herringbone tweed jacket and tartan pants — a look that's perfect for Thanksgiving dinner.

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