It is rare to find a trend that is as statement-making as it is practical – cue the Aran wool sweater. This Irish tradition, with its distinct design scheme, is not only highly valued in its original form (the more authentic, the better), but many other sweater trends like the chunky cable knit stem from this cozy original. It is ideal for the cold days of a winding down semester when it is hard to keep all of your papers, group projects and exams in order. It can be pulled on without a second thought.
The Aran sweater is best accessorized minimally – too much jewelry and bright patterns will overwhelm the eye in comparison to the sweater’s intricate details. Corinne styled her Aran with dark-washed jeans and suede cowboy-style boots. The color contrasts make the sweater stand out even more.
For a sweater like Corinne’s, which she purchased in Ireland, the Aran Sweater Market has a variety of patterns available and reasonable prices considering the amazing quality of workmanship these pieces require. They will last for years. If wool seems like it will be too itchy, Free People’s pullover cable knit retains a lot of the original pattern motifs found in the Aran sweater, but has a more modern, trendy fit. If cream isn’t your color, Orvis, the hunting gear company, sells a charcoal gray Aran.