The RIGHT Way To Style An Oversized Cardigan (we promise you won’t drown)

Posted January 13, 2015 by in Fashion

Oh, baggy clothing. Two ideas come to mind: 1) the effortlessly cool concoctions of the Olson twins, where they swim in cardigans that loosely shrug off their shoulders, and sweaters that effortlessly flirt around their knees or, 2) me eating off-brand ice cream on the couch while in the middle of a Lifetime movie marathon, wishing I had a cat to bury my face and sniffle into.

As you can see, it has both a good and a bad rep. Today, we’re going to focus on the former rather than the latter. Oversized pieces can be really fun when you know how to style them, but the problem is they’re a tad tricky to do just that. It takes some trial and error and an eye for proportions. But once you get the hang of it, you’ll start realizing it all has to do with what you pair these cozy pieces with that makes them work.

The RIGHT Way To Style An Oversized Cardigan

For example, in this look I flirted with bag-lady territory by pairing the chunky sweater with a loose maxi dress, but one that still had a clean, column-like shape. To balance the over-powering tendency of the knit, I paired the dress with a turtleneck to add more interest (and to attract the eye) to the top-half, and tie the look together with a fur collar for just the same reason. That way, the sleek but eye-catching elements on top help balance out the heavy and attention-grabbing knit. Then, to give this outfit a lady-like look, I paired it with some sharp booties, a structured satchel, and a floppy hat.

The RIGHT Way To Style An Oversized Cardigan

What do you think — will you be playing with oversized pieces this weekend?

*A version of this post originally appeared on Marlen’s blog, Messages on a Napkin