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New Year, New Sweater

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New Year, New Sweater

Erin Burke

Happy new year! We're excited to be back, sourcing of-the-moment vintage and second hand pieces (in your size) on Mondays and Thursdays. Like everyone, we love a new beginning... but if you're still regretting consuming a few too many Christmas cookies and coupes de champagne over the holidays we've got something warm and forgiving to ease us into this new year.

Enter the fisherman sweater. Not only is it having a serious fashion moment right now (Michael Kors had a version, Jenny Packham, Topshop Unique, Pringle of Scotland, Paul & Joe... and Tommy Ton snapped the fashion crowd in them all over town) but we found out it's as lucky as it is cozy.

The fisherman sweater hails from the Aran Islands off the coast of Ireland where generations of women created and passed down signature stitches and their meanings: diamonds were a wish for success while the cable symbolized safety and good luck in fishing. They had a practical purpose, too. The wool's natural oils and tight stitches could absorb 30% of its weight in water before feeling wet, keeping fishermen warm and dry for hours on rough seas.

Throw one on with trousers, jeans or a satin skirt for anything from a Saturday brunch to an elegant dinner party. Mix it with the blues or white on white looks from this season (but more on that Thursday) for the perfect January staple.

We don't know what this year has in store, but we don't mind wishing you success with a little good luck along the way.

Image credits left to right:StyleHive; Steve McQueen in The Thomas Crown Affair via Habitually Chic; Michael Kors via Style.com; Vintage Sweater via Raleigh VintageHarper's BazaarVintage ModeAla Cloth.

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