One Photo Made Me Realize This Combo Was Unflattering

I’ve always loved chunky sweaters. They're wonderfully cozy, come in a stylish smattering of colors, and are the perfect remedy to the winter wardrobe blues. Up until recently, I paired these knits with everything in my closet with reckless abandon. Atop skirts, tucked into jeans, over dresses, you name it. That is until I saw a photo of myself a few weeks ago that made me, er, reconsider my approach to styling said chunky sweater. I styled a large purple wool sweater on top of a voluminous, tiered black Ulla Johnson ruffle dress. I had always envisioned this combination to be reminiscent of Chloé girls trouncing up and down the Seine in Paris with bohemian waves in their hair and the sun on their freckled cheeks. My combination, however, did not render such outcomes, as you can see below.

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Sure, it's not the absolute worst outfit you've ever laid eyes upon, but it's also not a knockout. My shape has disappeared due to the pairing of the oversize knit and billowy dress layered underneath. Of course, we are all our own worse critics, but rather than wallow in self-pity, I decided to take to the internet to seek out more reliably flattering takes on the chunky sweater. Below, find five simple and effective outfits involving a chunky sweater that you and I will both be excited to take our next photo in.

(Half) Tuck Into Straight-Leg Jeans

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You may already have this style tip in your back pocket, but in case you don't, be sure to take note. A chunky knit half-tucked into a pair of flattering jeans and polished off with a pair of ankle boots is a winning combination—always.

Layer Under a Blazer

If your sweater is especially oversize, consider layering a buttoned blazer on top to give the look a more polished shape.

Belt It

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When in doubt, belting your sweater will give definition to the waistline and add structure to the overall ensemble.

Make It Monochrome

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An outfit in one hue head to toe will keep the eye moving up and down, which results in an elongating effect. Yes, please!

Pair With Bright Trousers

Stand tall in a pair of cheerfully colored slacks to team with your next chunky knit.

In case you're interested, we know how to unshrink a wool sweater in five steps.