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How to style an oversized jumper and the best knits to shop this season

These are the oversized jumper outfits that we'll be wearing on repeat this season...

A stylish guest at Copenhagen Fashion Week AW23
Orin Carlin
Orin CarlinContent Writer
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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.

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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 

Marie Denker on the streets on Hamburg in 2022© Getty
Marie Denker on the streets on Hamburg in 2022

 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.  

Waist-cinching belt 

 Amaka Hamelijnck at Copenhagen Fashion Week AW23 © Getty
Amaka Hamelijnck at Copenhagen Fashion Week AW23

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. 

READ: How to layer clothes: 7 easy steps to maximise your style impact this winter

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Padded gilet 

A stylish guest at Copenhagen Fashion Week AW23 © Getty
A stylish guest at Copenhagen Fashion Week AW23

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 

Jeanette Madsen styling a cable knit jumper with a matching mini skirt © Getty
Jeanette Madsen at Paris Fashion Week SS23

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 Milan Fashion Week wearing an oversized jumper with light neutral hues © Getty
A stylish guest at Milan Fashion Week AW20-21

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. 

White jeans 

A stylish guest at New York Fashion Week SS23 © Getty
A stylish guest at New York Fashion Week SS23

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 

A stylish guest at Copenhagen Fashion Week AW23 © Getty
A stylish guest at Copenhagen Fashion Week AW23

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). 

Knee-high boots 

Emili Sindlev at New York Fashion Week AW23© Getty
Emili Sindlev at New York Fashion Week AW23

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 

A stylish guest at Copenhagen Fashion Week SS24 © Getty
A stylish guest at Copenhagen Fashion Week SS24

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

A stylish guest at Copenhagen Fashion Week AW23 © Getty
A stylish guest at Copenhagen Fashion Week AW23

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.
  • Best Oversized Jumpers

    H&M oversized jumper

    Oversized Turtleneck Jumper


    Wear with...

    Black figure-skimming split-hem flares and platform trainers. 

    Crafted from a soft, jacquard knit wool, this elegant turtleneck by H&M is giving major 'Quiet Luxury' vibes and it won't break the bank. The silhouette feels unfussy and cool, but the tight knit gives the piece a sense of structure.

  • Zara oversized jumper

    Open Knit Sweater


    Wear with...

    A micro skirt, bare legs, tube socks and chunky loafers.

    Created from a cosy alpaca blend, this wool jumper by Zara puts a stylish spin on an otherwise pretty ordinary black knit. With a slouchy fit, the aperture-focused weave exudes a slightly grungy feel - and would no doubt look great with smudgy black eyeliner.

  • Acne oversized jumper

    Oversized Brushed Jacquard-knit Sweater

    Acne Studios

    Wear with...

    Cream combats and pointed ankle boots.

    This sumptuous mohair-blend knit by Acne Studios is the tonal dresser's new BFF. The pattern is unfussy and the colourway is giving earthy cosiness. Run, don't walk.

  • Denimist oversized jumper

    Oversized Striped Ribbed Cotton Sweater


    Wear with...

    Baggy jeans and silver Mary Jane flats. 

    With a nautical air, this navy and cream striped sweater by Denimist feels utterly classic. Crafted from 100% cotton, the combination of the classic crewneck and generous sleeves makes for a seriously timeless knitted investment piece.

  • Gauchere oversized jumper

    Lama-blend Turtleneck Sweater


    Wear with...

    A buttery leather midi skirt and tan knee-high boots.

    This built-to-last turtleneck by Gauchere looks categorically luxe. Created from a lush lama-blend, the boxy shape would look great tucked into a sleek midi skirt for the office or dark high-waisted jeans on a lazy Saturday.

  • Cos oversized jumper

    Mohair Crewneck Jumper


    Wear with...

    Khaki top-stitched jeans and high-top trainers.

    Buttery hues are all the rage for AW23, and this cool-girl crewneck by Cos feels like a gentle trend toe-dip. The mohair-merino blend allows for a fluffy handle and it would look great with a classic trend layered over the top.

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