When it comes to looking for style inspiration I am obsessed with anything oversized. From floaty midi dresses with zero hint of a waist definition, super-soft boyfriend blazers that drape off the shoulders and knitwear that resembles a sofa throw, they all appeal to my sense of style.
I have an entire Pinterest folder dedicated to women that wear voluminous clothes like a second skin and it’s always my go-to board season upon season. However at 5 ft almost nothing, with curves and boobs, I have to work extremely hard to make this trend look effortless on me rather than frumpy and disportionate. In order to achieve this look, I have found and tested three style rules that I stick to religiously.
Oversized in its true essence is supposed to feel exaggerated, a little dramatic and most of all comfortable. The comfort that comes with roomier clothing is undeniable, especially if like me, you’re harbouring post-baby lumps and bumps. But unless you’re switching the school run with fashion week, for us mere mumtals (mortals with a touch of Mum) then it should look and feel wearable. Therefore when it comes to buying something that is stated as oversized, I always size down.
The design features that give it a fuller look are still there, but by buying closer to your size, you’re ensuring that some element of your figure shines through.
Show some skin
When it comes to navigating bigger, I always ensure I show a little skin. The key to oversized lies in its ability to look effortless and undeniably elevated. Therefore simple details such as rolling up your sleeves, undoing buttons or showing a touch of leg, ensures you look more street style than swamped Mumma.
If your go-to look is leggings and an oversized sweater, roll up your sleeves and own that outfit.
Play with proportions
Supersized puff sleeves, a-line trapeze dresses and baggy paper bag waist trousers have been trending this summer. So when it comes to styling these separates, it’s important to play with proportions.
Take an oversized super cosy knit for example, by slimming down your lower half with skinny or straight leg jeans, you’re creating a more proportioned and lean silhouette. Or maybe it’s a tailored suit you have your eye on, then choose one item to go big and leave the other to slim you down.
Or my favourite styling tip; add a belt to cinch in your waist on dresses, jackets, knitwear or coats.
The main thing to take away from this is, there are no hard rules when it comes to oversized. In truth, I like my clothes like I love my coffee, Grande x