How to wear oversized sweaters: Styling tips and outfit ideas
Oversized sweaters are larger size sweaters with a loose fit. Fashion experts can combine this cozy fashion staple with a variety of pieces to create a variety of chic outfits. Follow this handy guide to learn how to wear oversized sweaters without hiring your own personal stylist.
How to wear oversized sweaters
Oversized sweaters have a flowy, slouchy look (as opposed to form-fitting sweaters that cling to the body). Read on for some oversized sweater ideas and styling tips to effortlessly incorporate these pieces into your wardrobe.
- Add some jewelry. The right accessories—especially a statement necklace or bracelets—can add a twist to a comfy, chunky sweater. Pair a long cashmere turtleneck with a long necklace that features a unique locket. Accent the cable knit sweater neck with a jeweled bib necklace to add a touch of luxe to this classic chic style.
- Choose chic shoes. Boot selection goes a long way in adding structure and shine to chunky knits. Pointed knee high boots accentuate the shape of your legs against the relaxed nature of your top. Pairing heeled ankle boots with bold hardware pulls the look down and balances out the large size of the oversized sweater. A chunky platform sneaker will also help draw the eye and balance the outfit.
- Make it a dress. If your oversized sweater is long enough, turn it into a sweater dress by cinching the waist with a wide belt to give it shape, then pull some of the fabric out to stretch a bit over the belt. Complete the ensemble with opaque tights and suede over-the-knee boots. Tighten the strap for a more comfortable fit.
- Mix textures. The weave of the oversized knit sweater provides a unique textural foil to many fabrics. Knit sweaters go well with denim jeans, leather pants, houndstooth wool pants or corduroys. Mixing textures and patterns works exceptionally well with a monochromatic color scheme to give your outfit a diverse look. For example, an oversized taupe knit sweater goes perfectly with brown leggings and dark brown leather boots.
- Choose the right pants. Balance the chunky, loose shape of your chunky sweaters with tailored or fitted trousers. (The shape of your bottoms balances out the shapelessness of your sweater.) Pants, tuxedo pants, and tailored wide-leg pants add structure to an oversized sweater outfit. Tuck the front of the sweater into a skinny boyfriend or straight-leg jeans for a comfortable look with just enough fit. Oversized sweaters also go great with skinny jeans or faux leather leggings. Try wearing an oversized turtleneck loosely over mid-rise skinny jeans and finish off the look with ankle boots or wedges. For cool spring days or cooler summer evenings, tuck your oversized knit into high-waisted shorts.
- Style with a skirt. Oversized sweaters also go well with different types of skirts. A sweater that fits right on your hips completes the midi skirt. (Try layering calf-length knits to bring your transitional pieces into sweater weather.) The combination has a lengthening effect that you can pair with any oversized sweater style—from V-neck sweaters to turtlenecks. Take this outfit into the colder months by layering a soft, loose sweater over a long maxi skirt. A loose sweater perfectly accentuates a plaid mini skirt, but make sure you see at least a few inches of the skirt fabric. Pencil skirts give you plenty of extra fabric to cover your legs with an oversized sweater while adding some much-needed structure to your ensemble.