Ask Laia: Can Anyone Rock The "Oversized Trend"?

Publish date:
August 31, 2011
shoppables, trends, ask laia, oversize

Hey Laia,

I have a question. Oversized style things are in right now, like boxy/flowy/oversized tee shirts or oxfords and sweaters; but I'm 5'8 and a size 16/18. Can I get away with the oversized look? Or will it just end up making me look like I've been retaining water?


Hi Taylor, thank you for writing in! I do think that the "oversized trend" is pretty friendly to all body types but it's also NOT friendly to all body types. You see, while almost anyone can pull it off, not everyone is comfortable with swaddling themselves under multiple layers of clothes that add volume to your body. That's right, the real barrier is in the brain and not in your body!

Once you've accepted that some "visual alterations" might occur; it's just a matter of figuring out the right combination of slouchy garments. A few simple steps can help you do the trick.

1 Opposites Attract.

When first experimenting with this trend, keep it simple. A huge slouchy sweater should be paired with super skinny jeans or leggings. Pair big with small, slouchy with tailored and fitted with loose. You don't want to get lost in a ton of fabric so just keep an eye out for pairings that will sorta show your real body underneath. This can be achieved with an exposed shoulder, an oversized jacket worn with a fitted dress or with sheer fabrics. The look above is a perfect example of the right proportions.

2 Think Sheer.

Sheer fabrics are everyone's friend when playing around with proportion. They give you all the volume but let you see what's underneath. When it comes to sheer, the bigger the better. Layer sheer shirts over tanks, sheer dresses over other dresses or over sheer skirts and tights. The sky's the limit!

3 Screw Everyone.

If you feel good and are totally into your outfit, forget this whole "looks like I'm retaining water thing," and just go for it! Feel the rain on your skin! Pee into the wind! And so on and so forth.

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