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My Fair Isle Lady

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What is the one MUST HAVE item i need for my Fall & Winter wardrobe?



Hi Audrey,

You asked a great question, which is why I decided to ignore the fact that you spelled my name wrong. I've had a problem with my name being spelled out as "Sammie" ever since Quiznos added Flatbread Sammies to their menu, although I have nothing against Quiznos or their Flatbread Sammies. In fact, I think their Sammies are quite tasty, I just don't enjoy sharing my name with a taco/sandwich hybrid that has smoky chipotle turkey in it.

No hard feelings. I will answer your question and promise not to refer to you as Audrie, that would be disrespectful to both you and my favorite fashion icon/My Fair Lady star, Audrey Hepburn.

Get thee a Fair Isle sweater, Audrey. Wikipedia informs us that the term Fair Isle refers to one of the Shetland Islands in Scotland and is defined as a traditional knitting technique used to create patterns with multiple colors.

If there is one mandatory winter staple this season, this is it. Wrap yourself up in a cozy, classic pattern like this Fair Isle Cardi from Aerie. You can go from high end Marc Jacobs Fair Isle outerwear to more affordable options like the Holly Fair Isle Cardigan from dELiAs* and the Old Navy Tie-Belt Fair Isle version.

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Don't limit your options to sweaters only, experiment with capes, sweater dresses and ponchos that feature our Fair Isle theme.

You can also achieve the same effect with a simple accessory like a pair of mittens, a trapper hat, tights or these warm and wooly Fairisle Faux Fur Earmuffs from Topshop. Just keep your Scottish island hopping to a minimum and stick to one piece at a time.

*Tip* since Fair Isle pattens are unisex, try raiding your boyfriend's closet for a sweater that fits the bill.

All's fair isle in love and war.


Having a fashion dilemma or crisis?

Need to know what top goes with what bottom?

Don't go it alone. Ask Sammy, not Sammie!

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Sammy Sanchez is a Miami based freelance writer, greeting card designer, and self-professed USWeeklyholic. Sammy loves tall coffee light frappuccinos, vino not from a box, and Mark Ruffalo...not necessarily in that order.
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