While tight, body-con dresses and figure-flattering outfits can be fabulous, chilly autumn weather provides the perfect opportunity to get cozy in oversized clothing pieces while still staying chic. The unique feature of this trend is that unlike many others, it is androgynous enough to work for both men and women. Chunky sweaters and scarves, loose pants, even giant jackets and coats can look fashionable, not frumpy, when worn well.
For those looking to give this trend a try, the best place to start would be with a big, cozy, knit sweater, which can be found almost anywhere and for very reasonable prices. Another option, for men and women, is simply to find a normal cable-knit sweater and buy it in a size larger than you typically would. Women can even shop in the men’s section for the perfect slouchy knit. Experiment with sizes and styles, such as cardigans or pullovers to find your preferred fit. Style this oversized look with sleek, slim pieces to temper the shapelessness of a sweater. Go for slim, cropped pants and a crisp button down worn underneath sweater for a clean look. Roll up the sleeves and tuck the front of the sweater in for a relaxed vibe.
The warmth and comfort factor alone is enough to give the trend a try.
“There’s lots of room for layers underneath,” said LSP freshman Danielle Johnson, who is a fan of larger jackets and sweaters.
But it is important to style the outfit to avoid looking sloppy. When wearing an oversized sweater, the easiest way to pull off the look is to pair it with skinny jeans or slim-cut cords. Johnson agreed that fitted bottoms are key.
“It looks more put-together,” she said.
Slim-fit trousers and oxford shoes — for men and women alike — will give your chunky sweater a preppy, New England vibe.
For women, if the sweater is long enough, it can even serve as a tunic. Wear it with leggings and cinch it in with a vintage-looking belt like one by American Rag ($16) to define your waistline.
Oversized blazers and coats are the statement piece of this season. Recreate the runway look with pieces like a warm, brown corduroy find from Urban Outfitters ($39) for men or a long black jacket for women, from Forever 21 ($34.80). The same styling rules work here: stick to slim-fitting pants or a chic, pencil skirt. Some classic bangles and sleek hair add an extra dose of sophistication.
Loose-fitting blouses were everywhere this summer, and now they are adjusting to the season by making their long-sleeve, collared debuts. These can often be found in sheer fabrics, which balances their volume, such as the black button-down from Necessary Clothing ($19.99). While these lend themselves well to the combination of the loose top with tight bottoms, the thinness of these billowy shirts also works with a flowing maxi skirt. For a look that suits both men and women, try tucking the baggy button-down into oversized trousers with a thin belt.
While loose pieces of clothing can be a tough trend to pull off without looking sloppy, a good balance of shapes and textures can make oversized clothing a great addition to anyone’s wardrobe, during the chilly months and beyond.
A version of this article appeared in the Wednesday, Oct. 24 print edition. Ariana DiValentino is a staff writer. Email her at email@example.com.
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