How to Wear an Oversized Sweater

What we especially love about winter months is that we finally can bundle up in our favorite cozy oversized knitted sweaters looking warm and stylish. There are so many cool ways of wearing an oversized sweater that you simply cannot stop loving this versatile and warm piece of clothing, which is also among the most stylish winter wardrobe essentials an It girl needs to invest in. From jeans and different styles of pants to skirts and even dresses, practically any garment can make great pairs with this comfortable and covetable item. Whether you are trying to create unique casual looks or want to take your feminine office style to a whole new level, here is how to wear an oversized sweater with different clothing pieces!

How to Wear an Oversized Sweater

Many women associate oversized sweaters with shapeless “bags’, which might make their outfits appear slouchy and cheap. We dare to say that you are wrong, as an oversized sweater can look so feminine with day-to-day attire options, if styled correctly. It can be a perfect garment for creating romantic boho-chic and hippie styles, as well as an inseparable attribute of a casual chic look. The big diversity of colors and prints they come adorned with is another aspect we love about oversized sweaters. So when picking one, make sure to consider the bottoms you already have in your wardrobe, going for options that will be in matching styles and shades with your clothing pieces. You can always pick neutral colors, including black, cream, white or gray, which will perfectly go with any bottom, and in case you are looking for the most appropriate sweater to wear with jeans or darkly colored pants, shorts and skirts, you are free to experiment with bright tones and catchy patterns too.

Oversized Sweaters with Mini Skirts and Dresses

One of the cutest combinations you can create with oversized sweaters is matching them with girly mini skirts (preferably flared styles) or dresses. You can pick a printed casual dress or a slip dress topping it with a neutral oversized sweater for the ultimately unique and memorable looks. A pair of lace-up booties or classic shoes and boots will add the right touch of sensuality to such romantic looks. You’ll need to consider the events and the places you are going to wear such looks to for the right choice of shoes. Hats, bags and sunglasses can be other accessorizing details to perfect such outfits.

How to Wear an Oversized Sweater

Oversized Sweaters with Leggings and Skinny Pants

In order to avoid creating bulky silhouettes, you might love to pair your oversized sweater with a skinny bottom, such as leggings, jeggings, skinny jeans or pants. This is actually the basic rule you need to stick to when dealing with oversized items: they should be perfectly balanced with figure-enhancing tight pieces. So if that’s an oversized sweater, keeping the bottom part of your body emphasized will create the most winning looks. Think leather pants, skinny jeans or monochrome leggings with slimming effects, avoiding printed bottoms. Ankle boots, leather over-the-knee boots or any types of boots with heels will be perfect finishing details for such looks. Adding a leather jacket you’ll create feminine and sexy looks. Such stylish combinations will make you look visually taller with enviable leggy legs, being perfect outfits for day-to-day casual looks in fall and winter.

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Oversized Sweaters with Maxi Skirts and Dresses

Oversized sweaters can also go with maxi skirts and dresses, creating hippie and bohemian looks ideal for various occasions. You are free to experiment with printed and colorful sweaters with various decorations such as embroidery, beads and rhinestones, matched with monochrome maxi skirts or topping monochrome maxi dresses. Add a pair of ankle boots to this, a messy side braid and some cross-body bag and you’ll get the ideal blend of femininity and practicality. Such looks, however, are more appropriate for slim and tall girls.

What to Wear an Oversized Sweater With

Oversized Sweaters with Short Shorts

An oversized sweater plus short shorts is the ideal formula of modern casual chic looks, which are extremely youthful, practical and flirty. That can be a pair of denim shorts or tailored options in the casual style. This way of layering fall and winter pieces always leads to perfect laid-back outfits that can be donned on a daily basis. Sporty shoes, ankle and thigh-high boots will all be amazing footwear options to wear with such combinations. You are also free to try any style of bags, sunglasses, some headwear designs and jewelry pieces.

Wearing Oversized Sweaters with Tights as Dresses

Many It girls prefer wearing oversized sweaters as dresses matched with black tights. Only make sure the sweater is long enough to provide enough coverage not to make you look like you have stepped out the door forgetting your bottom. Such looks can be accessorized with ankle boots and heeled options, a fedora hat and bags of different styles. An oversized sweater dress is an easy and chic outfit for wearing on a daily basis and to various parties.

For any of the combinations mentioned above, you can pick leather jackets, medium-length flared coats, ponchos and jackets with various ethnic patterns and in different matching colors as final details for creating show-stopping winter looks.

Accessories to Wear with an Oversized Sweater

Tasteful accessories are important details of any stylish outfit, including ones featuring an oversized sweater. For casual daytime looks, you can skip wearing jewelry pieces or keep things to minimum, making a stylish bag, shoes and some headwear the focus of your looks. And if that’s a party look, feel free to try chunky jewelry designs and ones featuring bright and eye-catching stones.

A belt is a common accessory that is capable of adding some shape to an oversized sweater, emphasizing the waist and creating a more refined silhouette. Belts are relevant for almost any combinations created with oversized sweaters.

What to Wear an Oversized Sweater With

Besides statement-making shoes and a cool arm candy, a trendy hat can add so much personality to your looks. You might want to pick the best winter hat according to your face shape, matching it with a stylish pair of sunglasses.

Monochrome oversized sweaters are more appropriate for formal events, while those with various creative patterns, prints and decorations can be sported both on a daily basis and to parties. Also remember to use just one oversized item in your combinations, if you want to create winning looks.

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Written by Armine Karapetyan
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