Bigger is better in Texas. So too is the case in San Francisco, New York, London, Tokyo and Toronto when it comes to the oversized sweater. Go big or go home is the name of the game. Seriously, go big and then go a little bigger because this trend is huge for fall – in more ways than one.
The oversized sweater is comfy cozy couture and will keep you warm during the coolest of fall days. Who doesn’t want to pull on a loose, oversized, chunky knit sweater, especially if you’ve just recently indulged in a weekend of Thanksgiving feasting on carb-rich foods and candy coated everything. It’ll hide all the sins of weekend’s past.
The roomy sweater is gorgeous in a variety of cuts and options. Try it in a chunky cable knit like a fisherman style, an oversized cardigan, crew neck, turtleneck, fluffy or cashmere sweater, off the shoulder or layered over a collared shirt like the chambray or oxford. Wear it as a sweater or as a dress, both work equally well. If you are more of sweater and jeans girl, wear it this way. If you prefer the simplicity of dress dressing than select the oversized sweater’s slightly longer cousin.
Due to the sheer volume of the oversized sweater, it’s important that this trend look chic and not sloppy or like you are playing dress up in your man’s clothes. It can easily take on this effect if it isn’t paired with a bit of thought and planning.
First and foremost, consider the silhouette when wearing an oversized sweater. They come in a range of volumes and you may find yourself adjusting a bit to your version of oversized to fit your shape and form. Not everyone will opt for the giant, but instead a slightly looser knit that sits away from the body. The good news is there are tricks of the trade to making it work on many.
Here are a few options:
Keep it slim:
The oversized sweater works well when paired with leggings – shiny, leather, velour or jersey, you pick. It also looks great when paired with skinny jeans. Distressed or full on rips is my current favourite take. Your knees might get cold, but your torso will be toasty warm. The only thing is that by pairing it this way you run the risk of looking a bit of Gru from Despicable Me.
Ways around it are balancing it in its turtleneck version or with a boot or scarf. Boots can be thigh highs, over-the-knee, to-the-knee, mid-calf, or ankle, flat or heeled. All’s fair when it comes to the oversized sweater and boots. City sneakers add cool girl edge as well.
If skinny isn’t your thang, the oversized sweater also looks great with slouchier bottoms like boyfriend or girlfriend jeans or paired with a delicate, flow-y pant like the pajama pant.
The mini or micro mini skirt is a cute addition to the oversized sweater. So too is the pencil skirt. However, the longer A-line skirt, while probably the most challenging of the skirts to pair with the oversized sweater is also the most fashionable take on it for the season.
If creating balance to your body is critical to your shape, try it with a boot cut pants, gaucho or wide leg. Or consider pairing the oversized sweater with skinnies and balance it with boots and a scarf. This will draw the eye in, up and down and not to the middle alone.
This look loves to be paired with accessories. Pile on the bracelets, necklaces and rings, throw on a felt hat, add a blanket scarf, belt it to narrow the waist, or wear it with bold boots and a great statement bag.
Not of the Botched kind, but rather grab just the slightest bit of the sweater and tuck it in to the front or side of your pants. It instantly adds a slimmer yet casual element to the look.
The oversized sweater is both casual and elegant, street, feminine, sexy and easy all at the same time. It’s one size fits all. If you are looking for a cozy, fashion forward feature item to pick up for the season, why not try the oversized sweater. Love, love, love it.