6 Ways to Wear an Oversize Outfit

Sarah Adams, Cassandra Hogan
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Oversize outfits can be intimidating, triggering memories of 1980s shoulder pads and balloon pants. However, this trend is coming back around with a refined update. We couldn't be more thrilled: there is so much versatility when you start to play with voluminous silhouettes. For example, an oversized sweater can go over a midi skirt, jeans, or even a mini dress and wide-legged pants can be paired with a casual t-shirt or an edgy top for an evening look.

To make the most out of oversized fashion, we’ve highlighted some of our favorite styles below.

Wide-Leg Pants

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Photo credit: Claudio Lavenia - Getty Images

Oversized doesn’t necessarily mean "big." Opt for a wide-leg pair of pants (especially in a fun color) to breathe new life into closet staples. In the daytime, pair the wide-leg pants with a cardigan and sneakers; for night, a silk cami and pumps will look perfect.

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Boyfriend Blazer

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Photo credit: Edward Berthelot - Getty Images

Arguably one of the best looks of all time: the boyfriend blazer. Princess Diana, Zendaya, and Tracee Ellis Ross have all been very strong advocates for this classic jacket. Pairing an oversized blazer with a sweater dress gives you a feminine silhouette and it’s super cozy.

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Athleisure

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Photo credit: Arthur Elgort

When you just have to quickly pop out to the store or attend never-ending Zoom meetings, an oversized quarter zip will do the trick. Our style hack is to shop in the men's department as sizing up in women's (unless the style is specifically made to be oversized) isn't as crisp. Bonus points if there are some preppy elements, like this pullover by Paul Smith.

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Button Up Shirt

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Photo credit: Streetstyleshooters - Getty Images

For those of us who love a classic all-white look, trade in a fitted button-down for an loose one. Tucking it into a high-waisted pant will still define your waist. The look will radiate breezy effortlessness, so relax and feel the wind in your hair (and your shirt).

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Tent Dress

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Photo credit: Streetstyleshooters - Getty Images

The tent dress is feminine, beautiful, and always gives us modern Jane Austen vibes. Because of the whimsical nature of most tent dresses, they look best when balanced out with simple, even masculine, accessories.

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Oversized Coat

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Photo credit: Edward Berthelot - Getty Images

A modern way to approach the oversized look is through a big moto coat. Throw it on over a dress and boots for a high-fashion moment, or over jeans and a sweater for a casual look.

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Oversized Knit

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Photo credit: Christian Vierig - Getty Images

These days, a roomy knit is really a one-size-fits-all garment. Whether you are lounging at home reading a new book, or stepping out in a sleek silk midi skirt, nothing is comfier, or chicer, than a big sweater.

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