The Fisherman Sweater, A Winter Must-Have

fishermansweaterWorn by icons from Marilyn Monroe to Ernest Hemingway, the classic fisherman sweater, or Aran sweater, has gained new traction this winter as a rustic yet luxe staple. Editors first fell for the sweater during Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s Fall 2013 presentation for The Row, and the trend is sure to stick around as a transitional layering piece as temperature’s rise next year—The Row’s spring 2014 collection was inspired by Japanese fisherman, and also highlights the knit staple.

Invest in yours now with our favorites, like this men’s classic from L.L. Bean,  this shrunken version from Madewell and this pretty pastel knit from Topshop and read on for how to wear a fisherman sweater for every winter occasion.


For cold winter weekends, the fisherman sweater is the perfect dress-up, dress-down layering piece. Taking inspiration from Portable Package’s Irina Lakicevic, pair the sweater with an oversized car coat, like this Topshop version and skinny denim, and dress up with some gilded pumps. For even more whimsy, add a leopard print crossbody bag or a functional tote, ideal for a day of holiday shopping.


A minimal, monochrome ensemble is nothing but sophisticated, so take this look to the office, a business lunch or work event. J.Crew’s cableknit turtleneck in pinot noir is a romantic alternative to black. Pair with leather pants in a similar wine shade (splurge on The Row’s leggings or save on Nordstrom’s track pants). Patent loafers and a ponyhair clutch finish the look, which is all about a strong, textural mix.

Holiday Party

Offset a slouchy, mannish Fisherman sweater with a touch of sparkle a la Alexa Chung. We love this grey Chinti and Parket knit worn over a navy sequin pencil skirt. For accessories, keep it simple with barely-there shoes that make insta-super-model legs and an artful box clutch.

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