This past winter, one of my staple items was an oversized cable knit sweater I found online. I may be tooting my own horn, but I think it was the best item of clothing I have ever discovered online. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve worn that thing, and it’s only been in my closet for a few months! On the website where I bought it, it was called the “Fisherman Sweater,” so now I refer to any chunky knit sweater as a fisherman sweater. It reminds me of the scene in Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom (side note: excellent movie) where Sam and Suzy dance on the beach, and the weather is so perfectly gray. Basically, the fisherman sweater is what it is and will be called for the rest of my life.
I saw this Fashionisto’s fisherman sweater from a distance, and I made a beeline to him as fast as my legs could take me. Not only is his sweater perfection, but also his outfit is so vintage looking, and I totally got that Wes Anderson vibe. His dark skinny jeans are faded in just the right places, and his booties are a more polished take on the classic desert boot, yet still flawlessly distressed. Last, but certainly not least, that sweater. This Fashionisto’s fisherman sweater is a bit different from the one that I have been wearing all winter. His is more fitted to the body and has a bit of a shorter sleeve, which makes it great for the transition period between winter and spring.
Also, note how he is wearing a T-shirt underneath the sweater. Wearing a light base layer under a chunky knit sweater is usually a good call for two reasons. First, the wool used to knit these wondrous sweaters can be a bit itchy, so to save yourself from awkwardly scratching your body in public, throw something on underneath. Second, sometimes there are random holes or gaps in the knitting (especially if the sweater is handmade). Trust me, no one wants to be able to see small patches of your skin through your sweater.
Hint: These sweaters come in so many colors that it makes me want to have a rainbow collection of fisherman sweaters to wear everyday for the rest of your life. The classic fisherman sweater is a light oatmeal color like this one and a great color to wear from season to season. For a more preppy take on this one, try a fisherman sweater with a cowl neck that’s perfect to throw on for a chilly summer night. Some other colors that look great as a fisherman sweater are green, brown or, if you’re feeling a bit sassy, red.