STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Oversize Me

Rolling out of bed on a chilly autumn morning to none other than the treacherous feeling of instant goose bumps. To the average person, this is a signal to prepare for the worst and stock up on hot coffee. To the Fashionista, it signifies the revival of sweater weather, all things chunky and knits-on-knits-on-knits. It’s back and it’s here to stay!

While the sensible solution to all of our hypothermic woes might naturally be to sneak through the day in our flannel footsie pajamas, the most obvious pajama substitute is an oversized sweater or cardigan. It has all the amenities of a warm, snuggly bed—and unlike footsie pajamas, it won’t ruin your reputation. They combine ultimate comfort with impeccable style, as you can layer them with just about anything and still manage to pull off an awesome autumn look. Like this flawless Fashionista, you can pair an oversized cardigan with a cute top, leggings and Dr. Martens. They also look killer with a long sleeve T, skinny jeans and flats. Keep in mind that playing with proportions is key when it comes to oversized garments.

Oversized sweaters and cardigans will quickly become the staple of your fall semester. They make the cold weather so much more incredibly tolerable that you will end up considering your oversized cardigan to be your second layer of skin come wintertime. I’ve spotted a million different styles of oversized sweaters and cardigans in the boutiques on Main Street—take a look at what Grass Roots and Bloom have to offer. Keep an eye out for Aztec patterns and chunky knitted neutrals, as you’ll find it easy to pair them with things that already exist in your closet. Viva la oversize.

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Oversize Me

One of the most upsetting things that can occur while shopping is finding something you’d like to wear, but not being able to get it in your size. For the more petite girls out there, this is almost unavoidable. Luckily, this season brings a new style where bigger is better, looser is cuter and the size six is the new two.

This Fashionista wears an oversized sweater along with jeggings and leather sandals. These baggy weavings of yarn and string may not look like too much of a fashion statement at first, but with some well-fitted jeans or even full-length yoga pants the oversized sweater will keep you feeling warm, cozy and cute for the cold outside. Although this may look overwhelming for those with a smaller figure, it appears to be a perfect fit with tighter pants on the bottom such as the jeggings featured on this Fashionista. The contrast between these two fits will keep you from drowning in your own outfit.

Other cute additions with the oversized sweater could include knee-high boots to maintain the tight fit at the bottom or even a long necklace or pendant to accent the sweater on the top. Because these sweaters run so large and take up so much space in the outfit additional accessories don’t hurt at all.

Feel free to let loose this fall with the roomy sweaters to come. Petite or not, these will cover you up in warmth and style. The best part is, you’ll always be able to get these in your size.

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Oversize Me

Just as spring seemed to be creeping up, this past week proved quite the opposite. Unfortunately, we get to enjoy this freezing weather for a little while longer, but on the upside, we also get to sport our winter outfits for a little while longer. On days like this one, when it’s 25 degrees out and you just want to bundle up in the covers and never leave bed (but obviously have to for class), try a cozy outfit that will provide comfort as well as fashion throughout the day.

One great cozy piece of clothing is an oversized sweater. If you wear this sweater over a pair of leggings, jeans or overall slimmer pants it will not only provide more comfort, but will also show off a cute pair of boots as well as your legs. Often times people think that wearing an oversized sweater has the potential to make you look frumpy and unattractive, but this has changed because there are so many adorable large sweaters available now. This Fashionista exemplifies the comfy but cute trend: the stripes and the uneven bottom give the sweater a little more dimension and, when worn with a coat, look simple yet put together.

These sweaters come in many varieties, all based upon how much design and detail that you personally like. If you’re digging the stripes on this Fashionista, check out this sweater from Karmaloop. Want something a little more intricate and interesting? Try this crochet sweater from Urban Outfitters which (as shown) can also be paired with a skirt or can basically be worn as a dress. Another great alternative is this sweater which has a Fair Isle pattern that makes it a little more interesting. You can also carry this trend on into the spring with a cardigan that has a similarly oversized feel.

Bundle up while the winter lasts, BU, but also remember to start preparing for the spring as it’s right around the corner!

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Oversize Me

Yoga pants and sweatshirts can only get us so far during the school day. Sure, you are comfortable and seem to glide through the wind in your microfiber, but why not take that comfort one step further by adding some trendy pieces to take your look from “comfortable” to chic. This Fashionista strolled through campus in an outfit that was put together perfectly. She exuded style and proved that being comfortable does not have to be the typical selection of over-done UGGs. This Fashionista took the go-to item of leggings one step further than comfort. By pairing her plain black spandex with a ruffled shirt and Tory Burch flats, she completely dressed up her look, while still keeping it casual and cool for the school day. The envy-worthy piece of her look? The to-die-for baggy sweater.

Perhaps it was Mary-Kate Olsen who started the whole baggy trend, but this Fashionista's look upped the ante. Instead of allowing the clothes to wear her, she did her own look justice by offsetting the baggy look with the slim fit of her spandex leggings and ballerina flats. Before you put on your “I just want to be comfortable” outfit, take note from this Fashionista. To achieve a similar look, throw on your favorite pair of leggings or a pair like these by Alice & Olivia.  Pair your leggings with embellished flats, like these by Steve Madden, and a playful shirt like this one from Posted on Categories UncategorizedTags , , , , , ,

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