With its rich texture and even richer history, this rugged sweater gives your ensemble a heritage-inspired look
Like so many other style essentials that were born of utility, the fisherman’s sweater has its own storied past. Before the super-chunky knit topper was favored by the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Robert Redford, it kept generations of Irish fishermen warm through the blustery winters along the coasts of the Aran Islands. (This is why the sweater is often said to have an Aran-knit design.) The original fisherman’s sweaters were made from 100 percent virgin wool, which is what gave them their traditional cream color.
Today, the fisherman’s sweater comes in a range of colors and weights, making it a stylish option for keeping warm no matter where you are. Try pairing one with a dark jean and a rugged boot if you’re going the casual route, or dress it up by wearing a sport shirt underneath it and adding a corduroy pant. However you decide to wear it, the fisherman’s sweater is a staple that will carry you through the colder months—whether or not you have any winter fishing trips on the horizon.