If you are a person who can effortlessly pull off an oversized jumper, frankly, we bow down. As we enter autumn, it feels only natural that we are craving chunky knits with ultra-generous silhouettes – after all, we have the great British weather to contend with.
However, when it comes to styling an oversized jumper, you can quickly veer into tricky territory. It is hugely important not to let a roomy fit overwhelm your shape, lest you resemble a school child forced to raid the lost property box ahead of a forgotten PE lesson.
Focusing on balance rather than bulk is key – when excess width is involved, a good tip is to tuck the middle third of your jumper hem into your trousers to give your waistband a little visibility and create a slight domed effect.
Another useful method is to play with proportion. For instance, if you're sporting a particularly voluminous batwing sleeve, balancing it out with a super sleek pair of flares can look super stylish – especially with the addition of a chunky trainer for a subtle height boost.
Texture is another important factor to consider – while many of us will often turn to a classic cable-knit as soon as autumn strikes, those that are particularly thick can be overwhelming. Experiment with lighter weight designs crafted from alternative techniques such as crochet and macramé, or a piece featuring geometric cut-outs.
Hello! Fashion shares our favourite ways to style an oversized jumper:
Pointed ankle boots
Much as we hate to admit it, stringing out our minimalist sandal collection is probably only going to work during the transitional dressing period. When the weather bites, something a little more heavy-duty is required. Consider a chocolate brown, fuzzy to the touch, oversized piece tucked into turn-up jeans with sleek, high impact ankle boots.
Oversized jumpers needn't always denote slouchy vibes. In layering a statement belt over the top, you can simultaneously emphasise your shape and create a focal point. A designer belt that you will wear season upon season would make for the perfect autumn pick-me-up.
Woolly knits are not the be all and end all – if you're more of a sportswear kind of gal, the classic oversized sweatshirt is the way to go. Layer yours under a padded gilet for added warmth - we're currently lusting after those by Plumo, Ganni and Celine.
Matching mini skirt
For a calculated co-ord moment, opt for an oversized knit with a matching mini. The generous silhouette of the jumper is offset by the figure-skimming silhouette of the skirt and the result is super cute. Top off your look with glossy riding or knee-high Chelsea boots.
Midi wrap skirt
A clean fluted sleeve can look super elegant, especially with a soft turtleneck. An effective way of creating a sense of cohesion within your outfit is to team your oversized knit with more muted versions of the same tone.
Get some extra wear out of this summer denim classic by styling white jeans alongside a collared argyle knit. The classic pattern provides a sense of tradition, whereas a burst of white feels fresh and unexpected for autumn.
Wool midi skirt + loafers
Another vote for buttermilk yellow, this look goes hard on the slouchy silhouette, teaming an oversized cable knit with a matching midi skirt. The effect is relaxed but never sloppy – achieved via luxe black bookends (chic sunglasses and designer loafers).
Consider injecting your autumn wardrobe with a splash of colour via a vibrant jumper dress. Keep just a hint of leg on display and style yours alongside knee-high boots for a dose of sultriness.
Micro top + sheer maxi skirt
Sheer is the trend that refuses to quit – no matter the season – and we're not even mad about it. Style an oversized V-neck sweater with a see-through maxi skirt and fresh flats for major cool-girl vibes.
Slung around the shoulders
Styling an oversized jumper over your shoulder isn't solely for preppies – you heard it here first. Lightweight quilted jackets are back again for autumn, and if you're wanting to remove a layer from your ensemble, throwing your jumper over your shoulders looks categorically cool.
How we chose the pieces:
- Style: Naturally, a super wearable colourway and a luxe-looking design is key. When combing through the internet's top high street fashion sites for the best styles, we made sure that each of our picks were either bang on trend for AW23 or had a certain classic appeal for maximum wearability. We've delivered on scope - from H&M to Acne Studios, these are the pieces we're lusting after this autumn.
- Fit: The clue is in the name - each of our oversized jumper picks feature a generous fit for a relaxed silhouette.
- Price: Whether you're planning on splashing out or bagging a bargain, we've got a piece in your price range. We've selected this season's most stylish oversized jumpers, ranging from affordable high street and mid-level brands to luxe designer labels.
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