The History of Fisherman Fashion.
It’s a staple piece in everyone’s wardrobes. It’s the easiest item to wear when it comes to keeping warm during the winter or to throw on when walking the dog. We just love to pair one with our Salt-Water sandals, creating an effortlessly cool (and easy-to-wear) style.
Maybe it’s because we live in a colder climate that we always obsess over the ‘perfect’ jumper. Most classic jumpers (including our favourites) have originated from the ‘fisherman’. Yes actual fisherman. The Guernsey, Nordic, Aran and Breton are all descendants of the ‘fisherman’ and we can’t get enough.
One of our favourites takes its name from the Aran Islands off the West Coast of Ireland. The traditional Aran sweater is made from 100% sheep’s wool and is usually an off-white colour. Its most recognisable feature is the cable knit. Originally, it was knitted using unscoured wool that retained natural oils such as lanolin, making the jumper waterproof, hence why fishermen wore it. It was first created in the 1900’s by the wives of the fishermen, who not only wanted to make jumpers for their families but to sell as a source of income.
Style tip: wear the Aran jumper with a light pair of blue jeans, skinny or straight and our Navy Classics (you could even throw on a pair of silver lurex socks to take it from day to night!)
Similar to the Aran, the Guernsey jumper was created to protect fisherman from the sea spray during their days out at sea. The hard twist given to the tightly packed wool fibres in the spinning process protected them from the water. It’s originally from the Channel Islands and can be traced back to over 500 years ago!
Style tip: wear a cute Fedora hat like Alexa Chung (pictured), black leather trousers and Gold Classics.
Fast-forward to the 21st Century and both jumpers are no longer waterproof but are a super chic item to add to your wardrobe and a favourite here at Salt-Water HQ.
Next up is the beloved Breton top. The original Breton was created as part of a uniform for the French navy seamen in Brittany in 1858. Back then; it would have featured 21 stripes for each of Napoleons victories. Coco Chanel first introduced the design to the fashion world in 1917 and since then, style icons like Audrey Hepburn, Bridgette Bardot and (fisherman jumper lover) Alexa Chung have all worn it.
Style tip: wear with tough black denim and oversized accessories to make a statement on a night out or alternatively wear with dungarees and a pair of Candy Red Originals for a pop of colour or how about Silver Sharks for a luxe finish?
With TV series like Scandinavian Noir, the Nordic jumper has made a huge comeback. No one is quite sure of how it came about but sources say it dates back to the early 1950’s. Its designs are inspired by Old Icelandic patterns and the unique yarn used, comes from a breed of sheep that have been exposed to the sub-Arctic climate and isolated from other breeds for centuries. Through this, the wool has produced two distinctive fibres, a warm soft insulating fibre and a long water resistant fibre, making it incredibly cosy.
Style tip: toughen it up with black leather jacket and a pair of Black Sharks to match!
We hope these outfit options will help you through the winter! Don’t forget to tag us in your pictures on Instagram (@saltwatersandals_europe) wearing your Salt-Water sandals! Remember the Socks and Sandals are definitely a thing so don’t be afraid to wear your Salties through winter - make sure to hashtag us #socksandsaltwaters