There are few things that make a better case for serious knitwear than a freak snowstorm like the one that hit the Northeast on Saturday. Only a few weeks ago the Big Apple was the world’s largest Bikram yoga studio and I’ll bet that many an air conditioner still has offerings laid before it. That said, even with an aberration in the weather history books, the fact of the matter is that winter is nigh and it’s time to start thinking about how we’re going to deal with it…fashionably. So, folks, let’s talk sweaters.
If you can conjure an image of a fisherman without seeing Santa in a yellow rain suit or singing a fish sticks jingle, you may also be able to recall the heavy knits these sailors use to fend off the bitter ocean chill. (I couldn’t do it either, but that’s why we have Google.) Many a fashion brand has co-opted the look of the fisherman or Aran sweater and there are plenty of reimagined varieties available at every price point. I, for one, am partial to the cotton ball-on-toothpicks look but not every style is as bulky as the original if your tastes differ. Still need convincing? That’s Steve McQueen sporting his Aran sweater on the set of The Thomas Crown Affair and I don’t think it gets much cooler than that.
Illustration by Michelle Ricks, Photos (top): via iStockphoto, Photo (above): Archive image of Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway on the set of The Thomas Crown Affair via United Artists