I spent winters from age 7 to age 26 huddled up next to heaters in the Midwest, flipping through back summer issues of Seventeen & Vogue that I had saved for long winter months. As a brutal winter veteran, California's mild January days were one of the major reasons I chose to move out to the Left Coast. Perennial sweater weather called my name - and when I'd finally had enough freezing temps, I donated my puffer jackets and Sorels and heeded the call. This winter's trend of enormous, oversized, beautiful sweaters has been so fun to participate in without needing to wear a Michelin Man puffer jacket over everything!! And hey, even if you still have to do the floor length LLBean coat thing, a huge statement sweater makes for a grand reveal when the coat comes off!
Here are some ingenious outfits featuring oversized sweaters, all sourced from Pinterest.
A little skin...
There's nothing more lovely than a huge comfortable knit that reveals a little more than expected. I love sweaters with tie closures and slouchy details - cut outs can be either gorgeous or completely tacky, so tread lightly there. If you're not sure if you should rock a particular cut out look, follow my rule of thumb: if it looks like Captain Jack Sparrow nicked you in a sword fight, just say no.
The ultimate in chic. Giant turtlenecks may serve the necessary function of keeping our necks warm, but they also give off extraterrestrial vibes - they add extra emphasis to facial features and make them seem larger than life. (Also interesting how so many of the women in these photos are wearing glasses of some kind. Maybe turtleneck + glasses is some kind of street style power formula.)
While a basic oversized crew is a no-brainer, there's something intriguing about distorting proportion & texture on an already oversized sweater. There's more fabric to be played with, and a bigger statement to be made. I've long been a fan of furry sweaters, but this year I'm fascinated by either very thin or super thick knits as well. The yellow mohair-looking sweater in this slideshow is #GOALS.
Though I've been way less into pattern the past year, huge sweaters are a perfect place to throw on a little extra spice. A giant knit with statement stripes or a modern art doodle is "Go big or go home" to the max and I love how assertive the combination is.
Maybe not a feasible option for most of the folks back east, but let's call it the West Coast Coat. I can't get enough of robe-like outerlayers. They give the impression that the wearer is as cozy out in the world as they were when they woke up this morning, just turned up a few sartorial notches. Inner-wear as outerwear. I lurve it.
What is it with me and red right now?!?! I spied dozens of all-red get ups in Paris, all my red lipsticks seems to be making a comeback, and my eye is immediately drawn to it wherever I encounter it. My favorite pair of red pumps got destroyed on my birthday in Paris and I've been actively missing them - I keep thinking that every outfit I throw on would be exponentially better if it had a kick of rouge. Sooooo of course I'm obsessed with all these sweaters.
Get out your hugest sweaters and have at it!