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 Sophie Lee December 2, 2017 at 9:16 am

    This is definitely the post i need <3

    xoxo, Cool style for men

  • Reply Lorena Lorena November 14, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    You could never look frumpy Amy Ann !

  • Reply Lola November 13, 2017 at 10:21 am

    These are such awesome tips! I love oversized, or long cardigans, they are such a warm and comfy substitute for a jacket!

  • Reply Laura Marie November 9, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    I love oversized anything, seriously i’m always in my husbands jumpers and T-Shirts! I don’t wear them out however, just to lounge around in the house ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I absolutely LOVE your oversized cardigans and looks, you look really very beautiful.

    Lots of love and thanks for sharing with us!

    Laura xo

  • Reply thevelvetrunway November 9, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Thanks for sharing these great styling tips! I love oversized cardis but am always a bit worried about looking frumpy!
    Love every single one of your outfits!
    Julia x

  • Reply Katya Bychkova | StyleSprinter November 7, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Huge buff cardigans could make you look bulky. Certainly a look which is not for fall. Great tips and beautiful outfits.

    StyleSprinter Blog by Katya Bychkova

  • Reply Kim November 6, 2017 at 11:57 am

    I love your scarf pattern! And I feel like there’s no way you could ever look frumpy! But the tips are super appreciated!


  • Reply Emma Cortes November 5, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    I absolutely love your long cardigans – especially the one with the stars! You styled each look for fall so well!

    xo, emma

  • Reply Elise November 5, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    I love this and I toady feel because I’m always looking frumpy the minute it gets cold! haha!
    Elise |

  • Reply Jacqueline Rendine November 5, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    I love long cardigans!
    Stylin In St. Louis

  • Reply Izabela Nair November 5, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    These are great tips. I simply love the white cardigan.

    Her Style Hive

  • Reply Ellese Launer November 5, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Really great tips, babe! Love that oversize scarf in the first look! XO, Ellese


  • Reply Nora Gouma November 5, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Thank you for the tips and for sharing, truly inspiring, I love your blog, cannot wait for the next amazing post!!!


  • Reply lifestyle- tale November 5, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Super cute look.
    Thank you for the tips.
    Have a great week.

    Love, Esther

  • Reply Gail Hanlon November 5, 2017 at 11:04 am

    We Brits love a cardigan but longer ones are tricky as you say. Yours looks great. Love the tips!

  • Reply Eloise November 5, 2017 at 6:22 am

    awesome tips girl, great styling inspiration!

  • Reply Beth Parker November 4, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    Love the tips! I have a few oversized cardis that I live in during the colder months!
    xo- Beth

  • Reply Jessi Malay November 4, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Great tips babe!! Love how you styled this cardigan ๐Ÿ™‚ I love wearing oversized cardigans during fall & winter, especially living in LA!

    XO, Jessi

  • Reply Akaleistar November 4, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    What a beautiful look! I love a long cardigan ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Meri Wild November 4, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Awesome looks! All these cardigans are beautiful <3

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