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Trend Report | Holiday 2014

The Holiday Sweater

An icon of all-American style, the intarsia-knit sweater is steeped in tradition and
remains stylish year after year

With a rich heritage of old-world design and expert craftsmanship, the holiday sweater is an American wardrobe essential—and has been since its rise in popularity in the 1920s. Typically, the sweater is knit using a method known as intarsia, a technique employed to create intricate patterns in multiple colors. Originally, intarsia referred primarily to a form of wood inlaying developed during the Renaissance, but over time, the term has evolved to also describe a way of knitting that facilitates more elaborate sweater designs.

Modern versions of the holiday sweater come in a variety of styles, from chunky Shetland wool designs to slim-fitting Fair Isle versions. Crafted from luxurious fabrics, such as cashmere, it’s suitable for both a casual weekend and a festive party. New patterns and designs update the holiday sweater year after year, but it continues to be rooted in tradition, a quality that makes it a true style icon and a Ralph Lauren Classic.

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Crafted from luxurious fabrics, such as
cashmere, it’s suitable for both
a casual weekend and a festive party.