All hail the oversized sweater. The effortless, no muss, no fuss wonder that takes all of three seconds to add into the mix. Perfect for the weekend, non-stop travel days, or your more casual office days. But we’ve all seen the mishaps. The intentions are honorable, but the execution leaves you looking like the real life equivalent of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters. So how do some girls just get it right and avoid looking like a shapeless mass?
Enter stage right, the key to it all.
The Key to Wearing Oversized Pieces: It’s all about proportions.
If you’re opting for oversized on top, keep the rest of your outfit relatively fitted. There are so many variations for achieving a chic look with an oversized sweater, but these four tried-and-true tactics never fail to take an oversized sweater to the next level.
1) Belt it – Thick belts always work better than thin when you’re working with oversized tops, primarily because you want to accentuate your waist in a noticeable way. If you haven’t noticed, this equestrian belt is practically attached to my body (aka I wear it all the time). So many readers have asked where I got it, and unfortunately it is a few seasons old, and I haven’t been able to find one close enough to recommend. But..surprise! Found a dead ringer at Fossil, the quintessential equestrian belt, so scoop one up before it’s gone.
2) Reach for a skinny pant – Those that end up looking a little off in an oversized sweater tend to have too much volume going on in their outfit. It’s an easy fix: Reach for your favorite skinny jeans or a legging. Or if you’re really looking to up your game, what about a narrowly cut cropped trouser? Depending on the level of casual you are trying to achieve, there are several ways to go. Pick your favorite pair of distressed skinnies, faux leather leggings, or the unsung hero, the classic black legging, for a guaranteed safe bet that balances out an oversized top.
3) Show a little leg – It may not be your first inclination, but if it happens to be a milder winter day (or a chillier spring day that calls for a sweater) pair your sweater with a skirt. From pencil to mini, the options are endless. The clean lines of a structured pencil skirt look gorgeous against a boxy sweater while a shorter version can add a subtle hint of sexy.
4) Add some height – A heel will only help you in this situation. I opted for flats with this outfit since I had major ground to cover, but if I wear something similar to the office, a sleek, black bootie or tasseled nude sandal would kick things up a notch. Don’t feel like 4-inchers are necessary, but a few extra inches of height will keep you looking lean even in a chunky knit.
WRAP SWEATER (ON SALE) | SKINNY JEANS | EQUESTRIAN BELT | ROSE GOLD FLATS (OTHER ROSE GOLD FAVORITES HERE, HERE & HERE) | STUDDED CLUTCH | SUNGLASSES | V RINGS | DELICATE GOLD RING | LIPSTICK (MYSTERIOUS RED) | NAIL POLISH (ALPINE SNOW)
Photos by Mike Avery