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Argyle: It's The New Fair Isle

The argyle pattern, which is comprised of diamonds in a checkerboard arrangement, originated in 17th century Scotland. It's always been somewhat of a preppy standard, but we're touting it as this winter's fair isle (a print that won the mainstream's attention in the coldest days of 2010). We're still into that other pattern, but we suggest updating your sweater collection with a few of these argyle pieces. That is, if you can manage to get that image of dorky golf socks out of your head.

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This lightweight turtleneck is preppy without looking dated—all it needs is the right pair of relaxed jeans.

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The answer to an ever-popular styling question: What to wear over a little black dress?

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Sequin argyle on a decidedly Alexa Chung-style dress.

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Worn best with a pair of short trousers and a flat, patent loafer.

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Two of this season's biggest trends come together on this extremely cute jacket.

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It's all about the warm headband over the hat.

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Try mixing this print with an equally preppy plaid in a similar color scheme.

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Miniature argyle print creates a sleeker, slimming effect on this knit dress.

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Not even a little bit preppy, thanks to the off-kilter placement of the argyle.

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This one can easily accompany a dressy look as well as jeans and a tee.

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Rainbow colored dots lend some signature MMJ quirkiness to argyle—plus, you get that perfectly snug fit.

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