With the much anticipated snow on the ground, it seems there is no better time to indulge in the trend of rocking a Nordic sweater (also known as Icelandic, Fair Isle, snowflake or ski sweaters). From J. Crew, Abercrombie & Fitch, Christian Dior and Marc Jacobs to Land’s End, Ralph Lauren and even tween retailers like Forever 21, these warm wool wonders for men and women can be found nearly everywhere and have been in style on an off for decades. Case in point: Dale of Norway, the real deal, has been knitting them since 1879. Of course, if you (or a family member) subscribes to the philosophy that everything comes back in style at one point or another, there’s probably one in your closet that is good to go, with a little TLC (and if so, chances are its L.L. Bean). I found a great one, and spotted more (and similar themed legwarmers…) at Closet Revival on Broadway recently. Consignment shops are a great place to find them at a good price.
Seen on celebs including Drew Barrymore, Taylor Swift, Victoria Beckham and more, they may be best known as the quintessential après ski fashion. Paired with a skinny jean or legging with boots, it’s a fabulous wintry look. Personally, I prefer traditional snowflake or astrid patterns over the geometric or check ones, but they’re outstanding either way.
Photo top: Ralph Laure; above, J. Crew