This post is in partnership with Heidi Wynne.
When it comes to classic wardrobe staples, few items can rival the enduring appeal of a fisherman sweater. The earliest examples of fisherman sweaters can be traced back to the coastal regions of Ireland and the British Isles in the early 20th century. These rugged garments were initially hand-knit by fishermen’s wives to keep their husbands warm and dry during long, arduous days at sea. The intricate cable patterns, often inspired by maritime ropes and knots, not only added visual interest but also provided extra insulation and durability.
Over time, the fisherman sweater gained popularity beyond the docks, becoming a symbol of practicality and timeless style. Living in New England, I find myself reaching for my fisherman sweaters a lot, and the most beautiful examples of the style in my closet all come from New York based brand, Heidi Wynne.
Inspired by her travels and the laid-back elegance of her home in upstate New York, Heidi’s collection is full of fishmerman sweaters and luxurious cashmere scarves. Each piece is made in Harwick, Scotland by the oldest family run knitwear manufacturer in existence. Using only the finest yarns and natural fibers, including cashmere and lambswool, the mill is a family run business with skilled workers from the same local families who have been employed for generations. (The knitting machines have been used since the early 1920’s!)
A few of my favorite pieces from her collection include:
The Catskills Turtleneck – undeniably my most-worn piece in her collection I got this sweater several years ago and it’s been everywhere with me, from a fall foliage road trip through Vermont to skiing in the Dolomites! (Yes it’s a perfect sweater to wear on the slopes!) I love the slightly oversized fold down turtleneck and relaxed knit that skims the body perfectly, and I’m amazed that my usual size (small) still fits so well even though I’m 7 months pregnant! Dress it up by pairing with an elegant winter white coat and luxurious cashmere scarf, or layer it under a Barbour jacket for days spent on the water.
Kingston Fisherman Knit – This classic black merino wool sweater features a shawl collar, longer hemline and cozy pockets. A chic option for winter adventures, this sweater looks amazing with black skinny jeans tucked into riding boots or snow boots. I’m picturing curling up by a big fireplace with it this winter, or even wearing it out for apres ski drinks! The almost tunic length and generous sizing make it very comfortable whether you’ve got a baby bump or not, but I suggest sizing down if you prefer a more fitted look.
Fisherman Knit Crewneck – I love this classic Aran knit crewneck so much I have it in two colors- ivory and a heathered forest green. I love the slightly bulky, 80’s style fit which looks like you stole it from your mom’s closet and looks great with relaxed jeans. (Size down if you prefer a more fitted look!) This style is specially made in Ireland and is a timeless take on the fisherman sweater you’ll reach for again and again.
Cashmere Wrap – You can never have too many cashmere wraps especially this time of year, and Heidi’s wraps are just the right weight to look luxurious and hefty without being heavy or too bulky. I especially love pairing this merlot hue with winter whites and this dark camel will go with almost everything in your wardrobe. (I promise!)
Whether you’re building out your own wardrobe or shopping for a Christmas present for your mom, wife or sister, Heidi Wynne’s pieces are timeless and special additions to any wardrobe.
Scroll below for a small sampling of the many ways I’ve styled Heidi’s pieces and you can explore Heidi Wynne’s exquisite collection of fisherman sweaters and more here.
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RedValentino Coat (old, similar here)
Nili Lotan Jacket (old, similar here)
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