How to Wear Oversized Sweaters

How to Wear Oversized Sweaters

Stay on-trend this fall and winter with oversized sweaters. There are plenty of women’s sweater styles to choose from, and they come in sizes to fit every body. Keep reading to learn more about choosing an oversized sweater and how to wear it with other fall and winter fashion essentials.

Which Sweater Fabric Is Best?

It helps to know a little about sweater fabrics before shopping. Cotton sweaters are a good choice for fall because they’re warm yet light enough to layer. They come in different styles, including pullovers and cardigans, and they’re available in colors to coordinate with any wardrobe. Consider choosing a round-neck or V-neck sweater in a neutral hue for your capsule wardrobe — or opt for a vibrant color to impart a bold touch on your look.

When shopping for women's cotton sweaters, look for Supima cotton. This material is prized for its long-staple fiber, which has double the strength of regular cotton. It’s also colorfast and holds shape through plenty of wear and launderings. Cotton blends — such as cotton/modal or cotton/acrylic — are also good for fall and winter. Oversized cashmere and wool sweaters are two more options to consider. Cashmere is an excellent option if you want a luxe, high-end sweater that’s super-soft and warm. Wool and wool blends provide toasty warmth for winter, and they can be layered over lighter pieces like T-shirts and tunic tops. Now that we’ve discussed fabrics, let’s look at four ways to wear an oversized sweater:

Oversized Sweaters With Skinny Jeans

There are plenty of ways to wear an oversized sweater, but first, let's look at pairing it with skinny jeans. This denim style is always fashionable due in part to its versatility. Skinny jeans are enhanced with spandex, which provides a fitted look and plenty of stretch. They come in all sizes — including plus-size, petite, regular, and tall — and you can find them in various washes to complement your sweater.

Wear an oversized sweater with indigo or black skinny jeans for a look that works for almost any casual fall occasion. A textured cotton-modal sweater is one option that’s comfy and machine-washable. Or choose a tunic top; tunics are designed to have a roomy fit, and they reach past the hips for plenty of coverage.

Oversized Sweaters With Leggings

Another way to wear an oversized sweater is with leggings. They have a similar look as skinny jeans, so they’re an ideal choice to wear with a sweater in any style. There are different legging styles from which to choose, some of which are dressier than others. If you want a casual, versatile pair of leggings to wear with almost any type of top, choose a cotton/spandex blend in a soft cotton jersey knit. They come in neutrals, such as black and navy. So you can pair them with virtually any other color or color combination.

For a dressier look with just as much comfort, choose a pair of corduroy leggings. There are cotton/polyester blends with spandex that have the same signature ribbed texture as corduroy pants. Corduroy is trendy for fall and comes in neutral tones, including earthy hues that you can integrate into almost any wardrobe. If you wear outfits with a cottagecore or farmcore aesthetic — both of which feature rustic colors and country-inspired prints and fabrics — you’ll likely find corduroy leggings a stylish addition to your look.

Oversized Sweaters With Jeggings

Then there’s the jegging—a pant style that combines the best features of jeans and leggings. Wear jeggings with any oversize sweater; they provide the comfort of leggings with the styling of skinny jeans. You’ll find them in many of the same washes as denim, including indigo and black. Tunic sweaters in any style are perfect for wearing with jeggings, whether your preference happens to be V-neck women’s tops, turtlenecks, or a classic round-neck pullover sweater.

When it comes to what kind of shoes to wear with skinny jeans, leggings, or jeggings, you can’t go wrong with boots — especially during fall and winter. There are plenty of boot styles to choose from, including universally flattering calf-high styles and ankle boots. Either of these can be worn with almost any sweater-and-pant combo. For mild days and a retro-inspired style, slip into a pair of ballet flats with an oversize sweater and one of these pant styles.

Oversized Sweaters With Skirts

You can also wear any of these shoe styles and an oversized sweater with a midi skirt. A cotton jersey midi skirt with a flared shape is one option, or you can top a maxi skirt with an oversized sweater if you prefer more length. Fit-and-flare dresses are another fashion staple you can wear with a sweater. Cardigans are especially stylish with a fit-and-flare dress, whether you choose a buttoned waist-length cardigan or a long, open cardigan sweater.

There are plenty of ways to wear oversized sweaters this fall and winter. Play around with different pieces to find out which outfits work best for your cool-weather adventures. Also, don’t pack your sweaters up right after winter’s over, as many styles can be carried over into your early spring wardrobe.


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