How to Wear an Oversized Cardigan without Looking Frumpy

November 3, 2017

I asked for topics people would like covered on the blog, and one of them was how to wear an oversized cardigan without looking frumpy. Such a good idea! Oversized cardigans are all the rage lately. I can see why. They are cozy and easy layers. Here’s the thing, they can be unflattering. Below are some general guidelines I stick to when wearing them.

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How to Wear an Oversized Cardigan without Looking Frumpy (keep reading for more examples below as well)

  1. Consider the weight of the cardigan when you buy it. Look for a nice, heavy material but also one that isn’t overly “puffy” if you know what I mean. Puffy weight sweaters = puffy appearance
  2. Layer a top underneath that fits nicely. Think a fitted t-shirt as I have done in this post, a cami, a thin blouse. I.e. do not add a thick weight, bulky top underneath. Bulky top below = bulk
  3. Consider wearing a higher waist pant/jean and tucking your top in to visually create/save your waist line. Having a waist below all that material is a good thing!
  4. Personally, I like oversized cardigans that hit mid-thigh or below. I find ones that hit closer to the hip area just draw attention to and add bulk to, well, my hip area. Nobody wants that!

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75 Comments

  • Reply Sherry August 7, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    I couldn’t get past the knobby knees sticking out of the 2 holes to even notice the cardigans. Dark jeans and holes don’t look right anyway. The jeans should be lighter and looked lived in in order to pull off such a look. Even then, having sharp knee caps sticking out puts the emphasis of the outfit on the knees. Dark jeans that look pristine otherwise just don’t look right with 2 matching holes. Not flattering for the model.

    • Reply Carol August 20, 2020 at 7:22 am

      I think the jeans show how thIs latest trend can look hip . Ripped jeans may not be in everyone’s wardrobe, but this is a great look and she pulled it all together. You can substitute a lighter pair of unripped jeans and that would look cool too!

      • Reply Amy Ann Arnold August 20, 2020 at 8:50 pm

        Thank you so much, Carol! I appreciate your kind comment. You can definitely wear substitute your preferred jean style.

  • Reply Jane Lipton Work March 7, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    Pretty sure you don’t need to worry about covering your bum at any time. You look drop-dead gorgeous in everything you put on! I think the comments about the ripped jeans sound a bit mean. I don’t wear them, because I feel I’m too old (60+) to look ragged. But on younger women, they’re fine. My daughters, who are mid-30s, wear them and look trendy, not sloppy. Thanks for the information and photos. Even we old(er!) women want to look fresh.

  • Reply D February 21, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    Torn jeans should be banned. They do not look elegant. They look like the person wearing them came from the poor house. Only in America would people pay for holes!

  • Reply Lizzy November 6, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    These jeans look cheap and stupid with a sweater
    Ripped jeans should be tasteful not like bombs went off at the knee cap

    • Reply Joanne November 17, 2019 at 7:33 pm

      I agree with you Lizzy. The out fit looked well up together until you got to the jeans. Sorry, holy jeans are not fashionable.

    • Reply Sherry Kicenski August 7, 2020 at 1:39 pm

      I couldn’t get past the knobby knees sticking out of the 2 holes to even notice the cardigans. Dark jeans and holes don’t look right anyway. The jeans should be lighter and looked lived in in order to pull off such a look. Even then, having sharp knee caps sticking out puts the emphasis of the outfit on the knees. Dark jeans that look pristine otherwise just don’t look right with 2 matching holes. Not flattering for the model.

  • Reply Angie September 6, 2019 at 11:33 am

    I didn’t see any oversized cardigans, but I saw long , and I believe that is a big difference.

  • Reply Nico June 17, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    So basically, just be really skinny with your oversized cardigan.????

    • Reply Zubeida June 19, 2019 at 2:08 am

      lol. i was thinking the same thing Nico
      but thank you Amy these are great, i guess alittle tweek here and there to accomodate the few sizes bigger

      • Reply Amy Ann June 19, 2019 at 8:11 am

        Hi! I sent a reply over email, but I wanted to post it here too. I don’t think the huge, chunky cardigans do anyone any favors. I think you can buy thicker ones that are longer (i.e. don’t hit at your hip) and wear thinner, tucked in items below them with high waisted pants as I mention. A thicker weight, longer cardigan is still and oversized one in my opinion. 🙂 Those are the style I am featuring here and what I have found to be the most flattering. I hope that helps!!

  • Reply Melanie January 27, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    Hi! I just found your blog on Pinterest and I love it!! I have one question. How do you wear those cute blanket scarves without looking bulky? What’s your secret?!?

    Thanks for some great inspiration!

  • Reply Megan Smith January 13, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    Hi! I’m new to your blog, just clicked over from Pinterest because the title of this post caught my eye! Couldn’t agree more with all your tips! I love these practical posts on how to make trends work, I’ll definitely be back!

    • Reply Amy Ann Arnold January 13, 2018 at 8:28 pm

      Oh my gosh, thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment. You totally made my day! So glad you found this helpful!

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