If you've being paying close attention to my coverage of Men's Fashion Week or my trip to Tokyo, you know that my personal style has been heavily influenced by outside sources in the past few weeks. And for me, one of the biggest style risks worth taking involves proportion. For so much of my life, and the entire lifespan of this blog, I've been a loyal subscriber to the perfect fit. Skinny jeans are part of my uniform. Fitted t-shirts and sweaters are standard fare for me. But there's a whole world out there where things don't fit the way they're supposed to. And it's amazing!
The oversized open cardigan is this amazingly versatile piece of comfy heaven. On one hand, if you're having one of those days where you're regretting the extra pizza slices you had last night, and you're overdue for the gym, throw this baby on and cover up EVERYTHING. This type of sweater is so cool, chic, and long that it can be worn with a pair of dad-style sweatpants and still look like a cardigan from the future.
But if you really want to know how to make this pop, play with proportion all over your body. Since the sweater is larger than life, go slim everywhere else. Wear a regular tee and a slimmer jean. The sweater is exaggerated. And if you think it's cool to wear everything underneath oversized too, you'll look like a walking pile of garbage. Unless you're part of the .02% of people in this world who can literally wear anything and look better than everyone. But I'm guessing that's not you so heed my advice. The contrasting proportion elements create a layered look with depth that's guaranteed to get some second looks from passersby.
If you're not feeling as daring, start out with a cardi that's simply one size up from what you normally wear. Play with it and get a feel for the silhouette before you go completely rogue. I've decided that this year is going to be all about getting out of my comfort zone. So grab a supersized sweater and join me on the journey!
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