Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Fisherman Sweater

The classic Fisherman Sweater

I’ve always loved the look of a Fisherman Sweater. The bulky cable knit, the way it hangs loose and casual on the wearer, the warmth it seems to project. It’s a wonderful garment that is quite versatile and perfect for relaxing. A quality Fisherman Sweater is made of 100% wool, the wool helps to keep you warm yet is breathable and water repellent, perfect for a fisherman. While looking for these sweaters on-line I learned a little about their history.


Its been around for eons
The sweaters were originally from the Aran Island which is known for its harsh climate, so these wool sweaters were perfect. What’s interesting is the patterns on the sweaters themselves. The Irish clans had their own specific patterns and these patterns was passed down from generation to generation. The patterns also has a specific meaning; a blackberry panel in the center represents the Holy Trinity, a symbol of the island’s spiritual beliefs. Now here’s the gruesome part, the patterns were so specific to each clan that when a fisherman drowns they were able to identify the body based on the sweater it wore.


Super cute with skinny jeans
All this time I just thought those patterns were pretty. I still think that a Fisherman Sweater is beautiful even though I now know the reasoning behind those elaborate patterns. This style of sweater has been around for a long time. It is still very popular and has worked its way into the mainstream of fashion. It can be worn long and loose with a pair of leggings. Short and sweet over a denim shirt and jeans, and there are even versions in a multitude of bright colors. If you’re daring you can even wear this sweater with shorts.


A daring soul can wear them with shorts
I have a version of a Fisherman Sweater with bell sleeves and a turtleneck. It’s long and loose and looks great with skinny jeans. I think I’ll try and find a more traditional version this fall. The wonderful thing about this style is the popularity and classic styling. Since this style is so iconic there are now versions that come in cotton or a blend that make it easy to clean and a little more affordable. Wool versions do require visits to the drycleaner which can get pricey. So if you’re looking for a great sweater to transition into fall, think the Fisherman Sweater, it’s a classic and you can’t go wrong.
Classic styling gone bright

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