Oversized knits are taking the fall fashion scene by storm. Having lived through the 90s grunge, oversized everything phase I tend to lean towards more classic and tailored pieces in my adulthood, but I cannot deny the lure of a cozy knit now that the evenings are starting to cool. This is a trend that lies outside my comfort zone, so the key to making it work was in finding ways to include elements of my personal style.
Since I am not tall and willowy, the danger of an oversized knit is that the extra fabric and weight will add bulk, which at my age is not a desired effect. To counteract the “heaviness” on top I paired the knit with a tailored pair of faux leather tuxedo striped pants. I also like the way the faux leather zipper on the sweater echoes the leather stripe on the pants and the purse; it lends a little rock ‘n roll vibe to the whole look.
The lack of structure in an oversized sweater is not my normal style, but layering it over a crisp, classically tailored white button down brings a happy compromise of polished comfort. The black heels lend more sophistication to the look and also add length to my leg, which helps to further counteract the bulkiness of the sweater.
The key, then, to pulling off an oversized knit is to balance out the unstructured, loose fitting elements with ones that are more tailored and form fitting.
Style Notes: Chaus sweater via Last Chance (fall 2014; perfect for fall) / Ann Taylor shirt (summer 2014; similar) / Ann Taylor pants (summer 2011; similar) / Halogen shoes via Last Chance (fall 2014) / Marc Jacobs purse via Last Chance (summer 2013; budget friendly)