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How to Style an Oversized Sweater 101

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paris, france   october 26 a passerby wears a pale purple  mauve wool oversized pullover, a yellow and black skirt with printed patterns, a blue bag, on october 26, 2020 in paris, france photo by edward berthelotgetty images
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A borrowed-from-the-boys, slouchy-fit sweater is as effortless as it is essential. This wardrobe must-have is as easily worn in the early days of fall as it is through the fluctuating temperatures of spring—meaning, endless outfit possibilities. Its wide variety of silhouettes, from perfect pullovers and chunky cable-knits to oversized tunics, can be styled with almost all the wardrobe essentials you already have hanging in your closet. Keep scrolling to be inspired by how some of favorite street style stars style their oversized knits all year long.

new york, ny   september 12 aylin koenig wearing ganni skirt, fendi bag, balenciaga shoes, ganni knit, sunglasses gucci seen during new york fashion week springsummer 2019 on september 12, 2018 in new york city photo by christian vieriggetty images
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The Midi Skirt

Consider a v-neck sweater and slip skirt the perfect way to anticipate the warmer months without compromising on the comfort you need from your oversized sweater.

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Deep V-Neck Sweater
Goodthreads amazon.com
paris, france   september 27 a guest is seen wearing turtleneck knit, ripped denim jeans outside loewe during paris fashion week womenswear spring summer 2020 on september 27, 2019 in paris, france photo by christian vieriggetty images
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The Distressed Denim

Need something simple? Try crisp white and blue denim, a combination that has been done over and over yet we never get tired of. Especially when it's an oversized sweater and slouchy denim jeans.

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Milo Pullover
Free People freepeople.com
paris, france   february 27 a guest, wearing a long green striped sweater, a black midi skirt, blue loafers and black bag, is seen outside mugler on day 3 paris fashion week autumnwinter 201920 on february 27, 2019 in paris, france photo by claudio laveniagetty images
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Make It Polished

Preppy and polished! Need a way to make your oversized obsession look a little more business casual? Throw under a collared shirt and add a tailored pant or short. The perfect formula for balancing chic and cozy.

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Striped mohair-blend sweater
Bella Freud matchesfashion.com
paris, france   february 28 model nya gatbel wears silver earrings, a tan turtleneck sweater tucked into black pants, black leather bag, and black heels after the balmain show during paris fashion week fallwinter 2020 on february 28, 2020 in paris, france photo by melodie jenggetty images
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Keep It Classic

When in doubt, go all black. A great way for your favorite oversized sweater to have a little time in the spotlight is pairing it with all black. A wide leg trouser, black high boot and simple handbag is our go-to.

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Culver Turtle Neck Tunic
WAYF shopbop.com
london, england   september 16 jeanette friis madsen is seen wearing grey knit with peal necklace, black sheer skirt, blue bag, sandals outside christopher kane during london fashion week september 2019 on september 16, 2019 in london, england photo by christian vieriggetty images
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Add Some Bling

Have a sweater with a little hardware? We love to see that, but keep it simple underneath, allowing the sweater to do all the talking. Throw on your favorite slip dress and sandals to keep your daring knitwear the focal point.

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crystal-embellished jumper
Christopher Kane farfetch.com
paris, france   january 09 carrole sagba aka lianose wears sunglasses, a white oversized woven knitted turtleneck wool pullover from hm, black leggingspants from acne studios, a white geometric bag from danse lente, white high heeled pointy shoes from amina muaddi, on january 09, 2021 in paris, france photo by edward berthelotgetty images
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Keep It Cozy

A cable knit is a classic and does most of the work for us. It's easy to pair with any bottoms, tights, jeans, or skirts, of all lengths and styles.

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Liny Xin Cashmere Oversized Sweater
Liny Xin amazon.com
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Stay Neutral

Pairing different colors can sometimes feel like a chore, and when that happens our rule of thumb is...go tonal. Regardless of your base color, pairing with darker and lighter shades is an easy recipe for a sophisticated outfit.

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Oversized Wool Knit Jumper
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Go Monochromatic

Monochromatic: Another great way to easily create a chic outfit. Regardless of the sweaters, keeping the remaining pieces in the one color is essential for that minimal chic aesthetic.

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Roll Neck Oversized Tunic
COS cosstores.com
paris, france   october 06 a guest l wears a black face mask, a blue oversized wool pullover, black leather shorts, a green bag  a guest r wears a colored floral print face mask, a wool large knitted pullover, yellow large pants, a bag, outside chanel, during paris fashion week   womenswear spring summer 2021, on october 06, 2020 in paris, france photo by edward berthelotgetty images
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Bright, Bold & Beautiful

Go bold or go home. As it (eventually) gets warmer, try pairing bright with bright. Primary or complementing colors are always a go-to combination.

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Tie-Cuff Jumper
MSGM farfetch.com
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The Relaxed Fit

Pairing textures is a great way to add something extra to any outfit. Whether you're combining your oversized sweater with corduroy, velvet, or leather, nothing is off limits.

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Monki Bilba turtleneck cropped sweater in pink
Monki us.asos.com
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