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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  • Reply Gentry November 3, 2017 at 10:53 am

    This is such a great outfit & a great idea for a post!! I’m a shorty so i struggle with not looking swallowed by oversize cardigans! Great tips today!

  • Reply Threads for Thomas November 3, 2017 at 10:07 am

    We’re plaid scarf twins today! I love how you styled yours, and these are such great tips!

  • Reply theblackblush blog November 3, 2017 at 10:02 am

    I love oversized cardigans! They give such a great casual vibe to an outfit!
    You look so pretty!

    The Black Blush

  • Reply TheGlutenFreeGuideToEverything November 3, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Great look and great tips, I love oversized cardigans 🙂

    Marije |

  • Reply Amy Johnson November 3, 2017 at 9:05 am

    This is a great idea for a post. Every time I try one of the oversized cardigans on I feel like I’m wearing my bathrobe. I think all your cardigans are on the thin side…which is an absolute must. The chunky ones are the worst frumpy offenders. Your tip to wear something form fitting underneath is so true too!

  • Reply Kate @ Green Fashionista November 3, 2017 at 8:56 am

    You look flawless in each look! Especially love the tip to front tuck to save your waistline. Happy Friday girlie <3

    Green Fashionista

  • Reply Amanda Elizabeth November 3, 2017 at 8:52 am

    I need that fringe cardigan in my life it’s pretty fantastic!

  • Reply Shloka Narang November 3, 2017 at 8:43 am

    These are all fabulous babe! You look amazing and your tips are so good!


  • Reply Britney Crawley November 3, 2017 at 8:05 am

    These are great tips! I think sometimes I like the not-so-long cardigans at the store, then get the home and wonder why I don’t love to wear them as much. I think you hit the nail on the head with your tips! Love your creme cardi and the tucked in tee look.

  • Reply Gina Daily November 3, 2017 at 7:56 am

    These are great tips! I do find I have to adjust my under-layers a bit depending on the bulkiness of the cardigan. This was also a fun look back at some of the other gorgeous outfits you’ve worn that I’d already forgotten about!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

  • Reply Jacquard Flower November 3, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Great tips! You look lovely in cardigans. Have a great weekend.

    Gemma x

  • Reply Jodie Filogomo November 3, 2017 at 7:13 am

    I love these ideas, Amy!!
    You always know how to wear the new trends so well!!
    Have a great weekend!!!

  • Reply Rosanna Briguglio November 3, 2017 at 6:24 am

    What a great cardigan, I really like how you’ve styled it with the jeans!
    Have a lovely weekend 🙂
    Rosanna x

  • Reply Blaire Bingham November 3, 2017 at 6:14 am

    I love the texture of this cardigan! It looks so cozy and cute, especially when paired with that cute scarf.

    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  • Reply Rachelle November 3, 2017 at 6:01 am

    I love a good cardi and you rock all of yours so well.


  • Reply Biana Perez November 3, 2017 at 5:48 am

    I dont have an oversized cardigan but now I really need one and I love how you made it more structured with the blanket scarf! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Reply Jaymie Ashcraft November 3, 2017 at 5:30 am

    This looks perfect!

  • Reply Anika May November 3, 2017 at 4:45 am

    Awesome tips, loving this style too – such a cosy and stylish look!

    Anika |

  • Reply Rachel McCarthy November 3, 2017 at 4:24 am

    These are great tips, Amy Ann! I definitely agree with the high waisted pants and the shirt that fits nicely and that can be tucked in underneath. Love this oversized cardigan paired with the blanket scarf! Have a great weekend!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde’s Moment

  • Reply Natali November 3, 2017 at 2:55 am

    I adore my oversized cardigans and couldn’t imagine not wearing them in Fall and Winter time.
    You are always looking fantastic in all of your outfits and this one is no exception. 🙂 Perfectly layered and bundled up!

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