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 Kara Aragon November 4, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    All of your looks are great. I especially love your new one. Stripes & plaid combo is great.

    Kara Aragon

  • Reply Mary-Katherine Minnis November 4, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    This is honestly such a great blog post topic idea! I 100% agree with your tips, especially #3 and #4! Just like you I tend to stick to longer cardigans and the thought of “saving” your waist had me cracking up because it’s so true!

    xo MK

  • Reply Gabrielle November 4, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Giiiirl you could NEVER look frumpy! Absolutely love this outfit, particularly with the plaid blanket scarf and gorgeous Gucci GG Marmont bag. Have a fabulous weekend!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  • Reply Annabelle November 4, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Great post, I adore oversized cardigans, so comfy and snuggly!

    x Annabelle

  • Reply Daniel Poon November 4, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Thanks for sharing. The cardigan looks so amazing on you!

    Daniel x

    The Daniel Originals | Instagram: danielpoonvignez

  • Reply Shivi Frnz November 4, 2017 at 5:23 am

    Great suggestions Amy. I agree that mid-thigh cardigans are better than anything.

  • Reply Mercy November 4, 2017 at 3:23 am

    These are great tips and photos! Love the stars cardigan, that is a fab find!

  • Reply Jessica November 4, 2017 at 1:29 am

    Lovely cardigan there. Love the plaid scarf too!

    Jessica |

  • Reply Mica November 3, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    Your cardi looks so cosy and I love the blanket scarf with it! 🙂 So strange seeing you start to layer up when I just bought a bunch of shorts for our upcoming summer, haha!

    I only have a couple long cardigans like this, it’s definitely something I need practice with styling, but so that I can avoid looking stumpy rather than frumpy, haha! Sometimes I feel they make me look shorter than I am!

    Hope you are having a lovely weekend 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

  • Reply venussmileygal November 3, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    This are great tips on wearing cardigans… I love wearing cardigans and a bit picky when buying one because I consider the look when wearing it. Its good to know helpful points to consider when i buy one next time.

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  • Reply Laura November 3, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    Great tips! I agree, I like longer cardigans because they make your silhouette look longer and don’t add an extra layer that ends right at the widest part of your body!

  • Reply Cindy Elena November 3, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    I think cardigans are perfect for the fall-winter season and I just loveeee how you styled the second to last look.

    xo | Cindy Elena

  • Reply Stella November 3, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    The looks are really fantastic! I love these oversized cardigans!!

  • Reply Laura Boswell November 3, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    I love these tips! I love how you paired the over sized cardigan with the scarf, it looks so pretty.

  • Reply Valerie Price November 3, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    These tips are so helpful, and I’m loving this oversized cardigan with the plaid scarf…very beautiful!

  • Reply Liz H. November 3, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    I absolutely love this outfit! it looks perfect paired with the scarf!


  • Reply districtofchic November 3, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    I love oversized cardi’s more than anything and that white blouse/white boots looks may be one of my all-time faves of yours!

    District of Chic

  • Reply Hey Lena! November 3, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Super cute looks! And def a staple of minds as well!


  • Reply The Fashion Folks November 3, 2017 at 11:49 am

    These are great ideas! I love to match it with high waisted pants to give the look some structure. And love your white cardigan, it looks so cozy! Xx

  • Reply Rach November 3, 2017 at 11:47 am

    These are great tips! I love wearing blanket scarves during the winter months and you are right they can be frumpy! Love your scarf!

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