How to wear an oversized sweater?

The other day, while I waited for my client to change clothes, a woman was being advised by a salesperson who was asserting the knit she was trying on was a perfect fit. As soon as the vendor had left, the lady, who had picked up I was a stylist, asked me for advice: “isn’t it too big”? “Yes it is big” I answered, “and indeed, too big for your frame, but that is what conveys style to it”. She frowned as it was looking like a big square. “May I,”? I tucked the front of her jumper in her jeans, added a belt, rolled her sleeves to reveal her bracelets and “it looks great now”, she said.

The point of this story is that some clothes need to be styled to reach their full potential.

Like oversized sweaters.

I/ How to choose your oversized sweater?

a. Fabric

The fabric could be thick, thin, fluid, stiff, etc… choose what inspires you!

If you are busty, prefer a fluid fabric… it does not mean it can’t be warm (think of cashmere).

Women with tiny or dropped shoulders can play with from volume and stiffness.

Irma wearing a thin and warm round collar cashmere

b. Collar

Chimney collar, turtleneck, round neck, V neck…

If you have a short neck avoid anything high-neck.

If you are busty, I recommend deep decolletages whether they are V, square or round-shaped.

Juliette Kitsch wearing a cute chimney collar cable-knit sweater

c. Sleeves

If the sleeves are long, check if they can be rolled.

Otherwise think of 3/4 sleeves to show your wrists.

You can keep the sleeves long so that they hide your wrists. Know that it confers a cool teenage vibe rather than a grown-up one.

Jane Aldridge hiding her hands… while showing some legs! You’ve got to balance to create a good outfit. 

Skinny jeans and heels would work too here 🙂

d. Design

A unique pattern enables the sweater to be worn by itself without much styling needed.

Léontine is very pretty with her soft colored graphic jumper

II/ How to wear an oversized sweater?

The aim is to give your sweater, or at least your silhouette, a shape.

1/ Tuck the front… or the whole thing

By doing so, you’ll reveal your waist

Juliette Kitsch being playful by contrasting girly and cozy

Lena Farl is ingenious and knotted the bottom of her large sweater instead of tucking it.

You could tuck the whole sweater around, but beware to put just a little bit of fabric inside in order not to create any “faux rolls”.

2/ Roll the sleeves

Showing your wrists will lighten the outfit while enabling you to wear bracelets or a watch.

Tucked in jumper

Myself, performing sleeve rollings, tucking and belting over skinny jeans.

3/ Add statement earrings, a statement necklace or a brooch

The big sweater can feel like a little plain, so pimp the rest!

Add nice jewels and accessories.

In the ballet skirt outfit, Juliette is using a brooch.

Fran Fynne, with bold gold hoops, a silk scarf, and a funky watch

4/ Add a scarf or a collar

Again, the purpose is to spice up the sweater area.

You could also show the sleeves around the sleeves.

Elodie, contrasting red dots with the vertical lines of her knitted sweater. Notice how many different interesting fabrics she uses in one single outfit.

5/ Belt it

You can wear the belt in the regular placement or over the jumper.

Again, you want to highlight your waist!

If you have a naturally thin waist, you can place the belt high or low.

If you have some belly you want to flaunt, aim for a low placement.

Jane Aldridge, mixing textures and patterns in the same hues

Mathilde Clauzet, belting her sweater with a darker version of the same shade

6/ Show skin somewhere else

You want to balance the silhouette.

Try something tight or/ and short on the bottom.

Myrtille balancing her large chimney Breton sweater with cut-of jeans

And you? Do you wear large jumpers? 

Bises de Paris, 


Cover collage: Alexandra Golovanoff (who owns a luxury sweater brand) and I 

10 Responses to “How to wear an oversized sweater?”
  1. Matilda says:

    Why is all of this so fat phobic? Boring.

  2. Blair Ambler says:

    I love this trend of oversized sweaters, This will be the new sensational clothing in the coming future. I wear these sweaters with skin fit jeans and or sometimes maybe with a skirt.

  3. Nancy says:

    Me too in Los Angeles! I just wore a pale pink silk button down under a large ivory cashmere cable knit sweater, with faux amethyst statement earrings, and a long slim black skirt and black boots.

    Alois, I hope you are going to write a second book. I will be ready to buy it first thing, as I loved the first one! You are the expert!

  4. Juhi says:

    I love this trend and have been playing with it since fall with oversized thrifted and vintage sweaters. My go -to look skinny jeans with some ankle showing over short boots, half tucking in the oversized sweater a la Tan France, and adding a belt. I have also been rolling the sleeves and having fun with different jewelry looks.

    Last week I rocked a cream thrifted sweater tucked into khaki skinnies with a chocolate belt, deep green jade accessories and berry lipstick. Perfect for the February gloom!

  5. It’s been quite cold in Los Angeles lately, so YES to the oversized sweater! I like mine with skinny jeans, ankle showing, and knee-length pencil skirts. I’m going to play with tucking the front too.

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