Fair Isle: Two Ways

Is there anything more winter than fair isle sweaters? Okay so what about a fair isle sweater and a mug of hot cocoa? Your answer has to be no, there is nothing more wintery than that because if it’s not you are doing winter wrong. Because here is the deal with fair isle sweaters — you can wear them at any time. See? I have it dressed up above and dressed down below. And if you really want to go with the whole Christmas eve / winter nights theme you can pair them with adorable leggings, tall socks and yes, I’m going to say it — a mug of hot cocoa. And maybe the movie Love Actually. 
I think the other thing I like about fair isle is that it’s wintery without being holiday. Holiday trends like sparkles, sequins, etc kind of fall off after the end of December / first of January. But on every other winter day for the next few months, fair isle is not only accepted but welcomed. And that’s my ode to fair isle this winter. You know what? I feel like for the first time in 5 years on this blog I’m actually coming around to winter. It’s not so bad after all. (But I claim the right to retract this statement at any time during the months of January and February.)
Look #1:
Look #2:

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  1. GapToothedGirl says:

    I love the sweater!
    XOX, Gap.

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  2. Liza says:

    Oh my gosh that sweater + pompom hat is adorable. I am running to Old Navy ASAP… or maybe it's not too late to add it to my Christmas wishlist… /ponders

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  3. Kelsey Wilburn says:

    these looks are SO CUTE! my favorite outfits on you this year maybe!

    ladies in navy

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  4. Laura says:

    Absolutely love how you styled this sweater in your second look! The toggle coat and boots are perfect with your sweater!

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  5. Liselle Coker says:

    kendi…please post your lipstick colors as well in your listing below. Thx. a perennial fan.

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  6. These two looks are SO rockin. Bring on the cozy sweater looks and the hot coco! πŸ™‚

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  7. lavieenliz says:

    love those boots


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  8. awww I love it with the red shoes and red lips!!

    the jeans fit awesome too!

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  9. Natali says:

    Such a pretty sweater and lovely outfits! I like the first one more! πŸ™‚


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  10. Rach says:

    Obsess with fair isle and you styled them well!


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  11. Nikki Haven says:
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  12. Love the first outfit, especially with your cute hat!

    Liz @ ShoppingMyCloset.com

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  13. Sasa Zoe says:

    The sweater is really cute:)

    Shall We Sasa

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  14. I love the white and black and the way you've styled it dressed up fancy and casual! I have to admit I love those duck boots with the casual look!

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  15. I love both of these looks, Kendi!! The pom pom hat though, is so adorable!

    xoxo, Elena Michelle

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  16. Miss J. says:

    Very inspiring!




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  17. Anita says:

    So cute! I love the boots. And will Love Actually ever get old? I don't think so.

    Always, Anita

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  18. JennyNov says:

    I love that you showed the dressed up look. I would automatically think dressed down is the way to go but I actually think dressed up is pretty fantastic πŸ™‚


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  19. Nora says:

    Lovely looks! The sweaters are very pretty!

    X Nora / 1310bynora.com

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  20. Alecia Mariana says:

    Loving both of these looks! That sweater is perfection!


    La Joie de Vivre

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  21. Paige Cassandra Flamm says:

    Those sperry top sider boots are amazing!



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  22. Love both looks! Perfect for winter!


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  23. Elizabeth Hawn says:

    love both looks! great sweater


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  25. Liselle Coker says:

    Go Kendi!

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  26. Liselle Coker says:

    GO Kendi!

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  27. Kimberly says:

    Thats second outfit is such a winner. The coat. Amazing. And love how your lipstick matches those adorable boots!

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  28. Mel says:

    Love the second way especially with that coat


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  29. Diana says:

    Love it, you look great!



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  30. so i have a minor buying to many sweaters problem! and i gotta say i LOVE your sweater and the way you styled it! both ways is great, but especially love the second way you styled it!


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  31. Kathleen Harper says:

    Great way to style a sweater. Love the entire ensemble! You look perfect πŸ™‚

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  32. Simona says:

    The first one is so cool, the second cute, made me rethink buying one!

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  33. Both are beautiful, but I love the second one! The fair isle goes so perfectly with that coat.


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  34. Shoshana says:

    I agree with you on Fair Isle, nothing better. However, as my friends and I were discussing just last night….currently there's nothing worse. It seems as though people just found out about it and everyone wants to wear it. Have you bee a fan always? My friends and I have been wearing it for years. In high school, all winter long, we lived in them. Only difference is we wore them with bear boots or winter Sperry's. You've styled yours nicely in both looks but I can only hope this trend dies soon and the true F.I. people are left. Sorry if I come across negative, I guess my passion from last night has rolled over to this morning.

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  35. I love fair isle sweaters! There is nothing better. I got the red version of the one you are wearing and I love it.

    Lisa @ Daily Style Finds

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  36. LaurenKouffman says:

    nice touch with the red boots and lips!!

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  37. Lisa says:

    Love both these looks! Those red boots and grey coat are an especially nice touch! Well done! πŸ˜‰



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  38. Dawn Lucy says:

    Adorable winter looks! I LOVE Old Navy!


    Dawn Lucy


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  39. Cute! You look so cozy πŸ™‚

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  40. Sarah says:

    Gorgeous sweater, Kendi! Love Old Navy – one of my favorite places to shop for gifts especially.

    x Sarah

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  41. I am FREAKING OUT over your Sperry Topsider boots in Look #2! Holy crap. In love.

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  42. Cute Fair Isle sweater, and especially loving it paired with the toggle coat – so cute!!


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  43. Dasha Guyton says:

    The boots, bag and lip color really bounce off each other, love it!

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  44. Kayla says:

    I love that you matched the red lipstick to the red on the boots! So cute!


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