Shew, that was a long title. I have too much to say, people!
If you follow my pinterest, you know that I love me some oversized sweaters. It’s probably the coziest fashion statement of all time, because you basically are wearing a wool blanket, minus the heaviness of a coat. BUT there is definitely a way to incorrectly wear this trend.
You heard me, ladies. It is actually possible to overdo it and look like you are drowning in your boyfriend’s hand-me-downs. Not a cute look. Who knew trying to look comfy/effortless would be difficult.
So here is my brief, yet detailed, guide on how to correctly wear the oversized sweater trend. Let’s begin.
First find a sweater that fits well, and buy a size or two up. This way you’ll know that structurally, everything looks normal and things aren’t proportionally too large or stretched out. If you go only one size up, the sleeves won’t be too long, and you’ll still be able to tuck in the front of the sweater (into a skirt or pants) and still have some sort of shape under all that fabric.
If you are going for wide, long sleeves, look for an option that has a wide neck so that you can wear the sweater off one, or both, shoulders. That way the length in the body won’t change drastically, but the sleeves will automatically be longer and wider because they start farther down your arm.
If the long length is what you are after, I actually think sweater tunics or shorter sweater dresses make really cute tops. Rolling up the sleeves will also tailor the arms and make the oversized sweater look more purposeful. Also look for a sweater that is slightly longer in the back. That style tends to have a more flattering shape and stops the fabric from bunching up around your middle.
Turtlenecks have also become a huge trend this season. Because the turtleneck will keep your top looking purposeful and professional, the rest of the sweater can be as slouchy and flowy as you want.
Most importantly, remember that most sweaters tend to stretch as you wear them. If something is too baggy when you first try it on in the store, it’ll probably be falling off you by the end of the first day you wear it. Never, never assume that you can just shrink an oversized sweater in the wash and all will be fine. In my experience, sweaters tend to shrink in weird ways and you end up with oddly large sections and oddly shrunken sections. Again, not a cute look.
(However, this is one is real cute ⇢)
disclaimer* I’m also super disappointed in pinterest right now because none of these photos were linked to their original owners, so I can’t credit these women. As a creator myself, I hate that. When you pin things, please link it to the proper person…