How to Wear an Oversized Sweater

How to Wear an Oversized Sweater

Autumn is approaching fast, and that can only mean one thing: it’s time for Oversized Sweater season. Not only comfy and cosy, these are super trendy and definitely High Fashion. But choose wisely – pick the wrong look or the wrong sweater and you’ll look like a melting woolly ice cream.

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But worry not. This is the ultimate guide to rocking an oversized sweater.

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Size Savvy

Even with oversized womens Aran sweaters, you have to proportion correctly. Stick to your standard clothing size and buy a sweater that has been purposefully designed to be oversized. Simply picking up a gigantic sweater off the rack won’t work – the waist seams, bust darts and even the way the sleeves hang will all look off for your body.

Slimming Out the Bulk

A big baggy sweater should not be matched with a pair of big, baggy trousers – not unless you’re aiming to resemble the original bulky style icon, the Michelin Man. Pair an oversized sweater with slim jeans or dark leggings to avoid adding any extra weight to your middle. If these options aren’t for you, try a dress or skirt to balance out the volume with a different texture.

Flash a Little Bit of Skin

To avoid resembling a large polar bear in your favourite woolly sweater from, try showing off a little bit of skin. This doesn’t mean cutting away from your sweater to make it backless – aim for an artful droop of the sweater over one shoulder (paired with a funky contrasting vest for extra fashion points). The more confident oversized sweater wearer might want to combine their look with a skirt that’s been generously slit up the side.

Accessorise, Accessorise, Accessorise

Accessories can add a whole illusion that can elevate a simple outfit to the superb. Slide on a pointy-toe heel to add length to your legs rather than have them look stumpy beneath the jumper. This can also work with a knee-length boot or an over the knee boot. A broad belt can be used to stop a chunky knit from bunching unevenly around your middle and draw attention to a narrow waist. Finish off the look with a small bag, either held in the hand or slung across the back. The truly daring might want to wear a contrasting hat for extra fashionista cred.

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