Sunday, 19 November 2017

THE CURVY GIRL'S GUIDE TO OVERSIZED KNITWEAR


I've really been into chunky jumpers lately which is something quite new for me as previously thin, fitted knits tucked into high waisted skirts made up a significant portion of my winter outfits. I've finally embraced that it's okay for a plus sized girl to wear oversized clothing. I don't care if people think I look like a sack of potatoes, in my opinion anything I choose to wear is cute and the most important aspect of it all is that I am comfy and warm! This jumper is one of my absolute favourites from the alarming pile that I seem to have accumulated already this season and the interesting story behind it is that it was actually insanely difficult for me to get my hands on. I think I first saw it on the Zara website but it was all sold out (or hadn't come in stock yet, it's rather unclear and confusing on the site when it's greyed out and there's no email notification button). Anyway I decided I wanted it enough to venture out to my local Zara to track one down but after circling the entire store three times over, and then finally resorting to asking one of the staff about it (who said she'd never seen it in her life), I started on a wild treasure hunt for this cream chunky jumper with contrasting leather ties. I'm pretty sure I visited every single Zara store in London to no avail and even saw one on a mannequin in the shop window, only to go in and be told that they weren't allowed to sell that one and had no other stock in storage. Frankly I was baffled by this case of the "unattainable cream jumper with leather ties". If I hadn't just seen one with my own eyes I would've probably questioned it's existence by then. Anyway I didn't give up hope and loaded a tab of the jumper online, refreshing the page every morning as became my routine for a good few weeks. Until one morning, unexpectedly, there it was. Finally in stock on the Zara site. Are you happy that the story of the "finally attainable cream jumper with leather ties" has a happy ending? I definitely am. I loved it even more once I tried it on in real life, in my opinion it's the perfect amount of oversized without looking frumpy and I don't know if you can notice in these photos but the hemline is curved so it's longer at the back, effectively covering your tush and creating a more flattering silhouette. 


Zara jumper / Black Milk trousers / Zara slippers / Gucci bag / MANGO earrings


The trick to nailing the oversized jumper trend it to balance your overall silhouette with more fitted bottoms. Skinny jeans are the fail safe and look fab when contrasted with a longline chunky knit (this look will also give you the illusion of slimmer pins).  If you're wearing higher waisted bottoms you can tuck the front of your jumper in to break up the outfit (just a tiny bit as you will most definitely have more jumper material than space in the waistband of your jeans) and with this look it's only important for the waist to be tight so you can also opt for bottoms such as straight leg jeans or pleated midi skirts. Cropped jumpers that are wider across will give you the exact same look without the fuss of having to tuck anything in. If you're a bustier girl, v-neck jumpers (lots of cute varsity inspired ones on the high street at the mo) would be super flattering but avoid any rufflage on the chest a la Gucci. As I talked about in a previous outfit post, balloon sleeves are all the rage right now and they are a super flattering compromise on going full on baggy, the contrast of the larger arms will give you the illusion of a smaller waist and body in general. Similar effect with jumpers with skinnier fitting sleeve cuffs and/or a high neck. I find wearing your hair up with the latter elongates your neck, don't worry about a moon face or double chin, the high neck actually helps define your jawline. 

Here are my picks of the most flattering oversized knitwear for curvy girls on the high street




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