Michael Bastian

New York-based Michael Bastian cut his teeth as the men’s fashion director of luxury goods department store Bergdorf Goodman before launching his own label in 2006. While he focuses on high-quality, unflashy menswear, this cashmere and wool-blend jumper packs enough punch to receive a festive nod.

Fair Isle Cashmere And Wool-Blend Sweater, available at MatchesFashion.com, priced £740.

Fair Isle Cashmere And Wool-Blend Sweater


British brand Bellfield specialises in Arctic parkas and technical outerwear so it’s only right that it applied a polar bear intarsia pattern to this jumper stocked at River Island.

Despite the all-over motif, its sleek appearance means it has the ability to last beyond the dreaded festive jumper day. And polar bears appear everywhere at Christmas, so that’s a tenuous enough connection, right?

Black Bellfield Polar Bear Intarsia Jumper, available at River Island, priced £40.

Black Bellfield Polar Bear Intarsia Jumper

Marks & Spencer

High street stalwart Marks & Spencer earns points for its wool-blend Fair Isle crew neck because it comes in one of the season’s key colours, burgundy.

Once paired with a grey overcoat, dark denim and winter-appropriate boots or even trainers, it will fit seamlessly into your everyday look.

Blue Harbour Wool-Blend Fair Isle Crew Neck Jumper, available at Marks & Spencer, priced £39.60.

Blue Harbour Wool-Blend Fair Isle Crew Neck Jumper


It’s no secret that camel is big this season. So throw caution to the wind, ditch the traditional colours and work it into your festival ensemble.

This wool crew neck from French high-end tailor Façonnable features braided knit detailing and as well as Fair Isle-patterned panels. There’s no arguing with its wintery feel or its stylishness.

Braided Fair Isle-Patterned Wool Jumper, available at Selfridges, priced £390.

Braided fair isle-patterned wool jumper


Of all the Christmas fauna, the reindeer is the least gaudy. Especially when it’s in silhouette and you can just about blag that you’re not repping Rudolph at all, but rather giving props to the noble caribou that wander the plains of North America.

It helps if, as here, it’s embedded on a Fair Isle knit and isn’t surrounded by snowflakes, presents or giggling snowmen.

Blue Fair Isle Christmas Jumper, available at Burton, priced £20.

Blue Fair Isle Christmas Jumper

The Kooples

The rock ‘n’ roll edge used by French fashion retailer The Kooples doesn’t scream ‘season’s greetings’ but the Nordic-inspired Fair Isle print on this cardigan should be enough to toe the line on Christmas jumper day.

We think even Santa would approve of the leather trims on the shawl neck collar.

Leather-Trim Fair Isle-Print Wool Cardigan, available at Selfridges, priced £245.

Leather-Trim Fair Isle-Print Wool Cardigan


Rebel even more against the forced-festivities by wearing a jumper that clings on using its colourways.

The red and green used here by Diesel make it looks like you’re getting involved in the tradition, when really you’ve just treated yourself to a new knit and are counting down the clock till 5pm.

K-milita Contrast-Detail Knitted Jumper, available at Diesel, priced £130.

K-milita contrast-detail knitted Jumper

Lyle & Scott

Lyle & Scott is well versed in knitwear, having started life producing wool underwear in 1874.

This midweight knit features almost as many colours as a Christmas tree with seasonal flecks across the chest, and the Scottish brand’s three-colour neck rib trim.

Fair Isle Jumper, available at Lyle & Scott, priced £100.

Fair isle jumper

Thom Browne

American designer Thom Browne is known for his tailoring with an edge, but the New York resident clearly knows the value of a good thick knit, too.

This jacquard example is crafted in Ireland from a thick wool and mohair-blend. If that doesn’t scream ‘ready for December’, we don’t know what does.

Jacquard-Knit Wool And Mohair-Blend Sweater, available at Mr Porter, priced £330.

Jacquard-Knit Wool And Mohair-Blend Sweater