How to Wear an Oversized Jumper

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Oversized jumpers can be a versatile and classic piece to add to your wardrobe arsenal. This style guide will show you how to pull one off.

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In general, the oversized jumper look is a casual one. It’s a comfortable fit for sure, but that doesn’t mean you have to look like you’re wearing Johnny Vegas’ hand-me-downs. Luckily, this is actually a very easy look to nail, so let’s get your oversized look sorted.

Wearing an Oversized Jumper

This is a great way to add something different to your look. If you’ve never worn an oversized sweater or you’re just trying to get a few outfit ideas, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll be taking a look at how you can wear an oversized jumper and look good at the same time!

Now there are two ways you can go about wearing a bigger jumper. The first is that you buy one that’s purposefully oversized. In these situations you can often buy the same size you usually get for jumpers and their long line design will work its magic. The second way is to buy the biggest size you can find! Although this is also a great way to look good, you might want to consider that if you go too big, you might feel drowned in the fabric. In these cases maybe consider getting just a couple of sizes above your average, nothing more.

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A great way to make the most of an oversized jumper is wearing it with more closely fitted clothing to create contrast. Try a pair of slim fit black jeans with a cream baggy jumper and you can make the most of the extra fabric and show off the new jumper. It’s also a great chance to throw on a longline T-Shirt and layer up, which makes your outfit instantly more impressive.

Oversized Knitted Jumper

The knitted sweat is without a doubt a classic winter look. Picking one up in a baggy fit or buying one that’s a little too big for you is a great casual outfit for the colder months. The great thing about picking up a larger jumper has to be that you can wear it on top of almost any outfit. There’s no need to worry about it fitting over your shirt, it’ll just get thrown on top, without any hassle.

There’s just one thing you need to worry about when picking up a knitted sweater and that’s the danger of accidentally picking up a christmas jumper. It’s easily done! One day you’re casually looking through a few jumpers, you’re feeling in the festive mood and you spot a knitted jumper with a reindeer on the front. For those brief few moments you forget how much of a nob you’re going to look, and you do the unthinkable… you buy a christmas jumper. Whatever you do, don’t let yourself get into this situation! It’s not going to be quirky, you just look ridiculous and you’ve paid £50 for the privilege!

To avoid this hellish scenario take a look at the outfit below to see how it’s done well. Combining a pair of boots, £200, with some skinny fit black jeans is a great shout for the winter months and looks even better when you wear a baggy jumper on top. Wearing dark colours is always going to work well but it’s good to blend with different shades, rather than just wearing the same colour. It will help to build a visually appealing outfit, not just one that blends into itself.

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Oversized V-Neck Jumper

This is a style that might not be perfect for a larger size look. You want to stick with a neck shape that will compliment the baggier design. Luckily we’ve put together a few different styles you can consider rather than opting for a V-Neck that shows off a little too much chest.

Blue Oversized Jumper

This is one of those timeless men’s colours that will always look good, the blue sweat is the perfect addition to almost any outfit. If you’re thinking about picking up a light blue jumper then we’d say you should go with a pair of darker jeans or chinos. You can apply a similar rule for wearing darker shades and consider pairing it with lighter coloured trousers.

Taking a look at the outfit below you can see how easily you can look good. Just pairing a loose sweat with some skinny trousers alongside a pair of burgundy boots and you’ve got a casual outfit that looks smart enough for any situation.

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Street Style

We’ve found a few different oversized jumpers out on the streets of London to get a feel for how you can style your look in real life. It’s always helpful to see how others wear their clothes but be careful not to get too caught up in someone else’s outfit, as it might not always work on you.

Once you know your style or what will compliment your personality, you can start looking for the right jumper. Don’t be afraid of trying out something new and seeing what works as you don’t want to end up stuck in a fashion rut. Take a look at a few of the outfits below and check out how you can build similar looks in our store.

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Wearing an Oversized Jumper

It’s now time we take a look at a few different features you can find in an oversized sweater. Whether it be the texture or the fit itself, once you’ve got these simple factors together, you’re ready to go.

Texture

The main decision you need to be making is what style of stitch you need. A thicker stitch not only brings more texture and warmth to the jumper, it also hits more of a stylish note. Fleck, Cable and Waffle are the sort of textured designs that create a smarter look. If you want to go for all-out casual, your best bet is to stick to cotton jumpers with a smoother stitch and probably some graphic print on the front.

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Fitting

The sizing is quite clearly a very important part of choosing your oversized jumper. You want it to sit on your shoulders equally and not be too big that it falls off of one, or both of them. Women’s oversized jumpers tend to take the neck line to the extreme, this is what brings the feminine look. Clearly, you’re not after that, so keep the neck line fairly snug.

On a lot of designs the sleeves will be very large and may seem unnatural. You have two options with these – let them hang and have a gather of sleeve at the wrist, or roll the cuff back once or twice to make the sleeve hang a little more fittingly. This is personal preference – both look natural, although it may take a bit of getting used to.

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Wear it With

This is totally up to you. Wear it like any other jumper in this sense. The smarter looks will go well with a crisp pair of jeans, chinos or even trousers. The casual styles will go well with a baggy pair of jeans, joggers or shorts. Don’t think you now have to wear oversized leg wear, that isn’t the case. Wear everything else how you usually would, that’s what makes the oversized jumper work.

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Who’s Wearing it Well

It’s good to highlight someone who we think is wearing a style particularly well. It always helps to see the clothes on a real person to get a feel for how they’ll look on you. Also, don’t be afraid to ask people you think have good style where they got their clothes. They’ll appreciate the complimen and you’ll have a better idea where to find the outfit of your dreams.

Kanye West

There’s no denying his icon status and his influence on fashion, whether you like it or not has been massive over the last few years. Take a look at Kanye’s outfit below to get an idea of what might work for you and see what’s on offer in our store in a similar style. His use of colours is not too in your face, with a grey sweat working well with green joggers and a pair of suede kicks. They’re not too matchy but they don’t clash, which is exactly the style you should be looking for. If you’re thinking about picking up a pair of joggers and you want an idea of how to wear them, check out our guide to get a better idea of how it’s done.

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Your Quick Guide to Wearing an Oversized Jumper

  1. It’s always a good idea to know whether you’re buying a jumper that’s been designed as oversized or if you just want to get hold of one that’s a little baggier. If it’s already a larger size then you should buy it in your standard size.
  2. Different shades work for different outfits. Try to contrast the bigger jumper with a different shade of pant.
  3. You also want to make the most of the look by wearing your oversized top with a pair of slim fit trousers. They will help to highlight the loose jumper design as it’ll be uninhibited by your jeans.
  4. An oversized V-Neck probably isn’t the best idea and you should stick to the classic oversized jumper designs.
  5. There are so many options to wearing an oversized jumper and you should seriously consider adding one to your wardrobe.

On That Note

So there we have it, that’s how you wear an oversized jumper. It can seem quite overwhelming to see so many different styles but don’t be worried, an oversized sweat will look good with a lot of the outfits you already own and you probably don’t even realise it yet. Also as the weather starts to turn colder and we’re heading towards the winter months, it’s a great time to get hold of a jumper. With their larger size you can make the most of the fact that you can wear it on top of everything you already have on so there’s no need to change or worry about what you’re wearing already.

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