I think I’ve hit my saturation point with the All-Oversized-Everywhere, boxy look.
Maybe it’s just that I’m tired of trying to find sweaters that I’m not absolutely swimming in, or maybe my style pendulum is swinging back in a more Gamine direction. But I really wish we’d see actual shaping again. Not “bodycon,” just maybe cuts that are a little more fitted, and more options with set-in sleeves. (Though I know this is the hardest part for clothing manufacturers to get right.)
My suspicion is that voluminous, boxy cuts have hung on for a couple of reasons: a) they’re less expensive to produce and b) easier to sell because they fit (using the term loosely, ha!) a wide range of body sizes and shapes. And if they’re made in lower-quality fabrics (not the case for either piece shown above) they’re more forgiving than fitted cuts.
“Shaped” doesn’t have to mean tight or uncomfortable. As I’m putting together my travel wardrobe for Paris, I’m focusing on those sweaters that aren’t too bulky to slide easily under a jacket or outerwear, like this favorite cardigan…
which looks as good buttoned up as open.
And my ancient cashmere zipped hoodie, similar to this one…
When knitwear is more fitted, it helps to have fabric with good body, but that’s not too stiff. Here’s a lace inset sweater that’s nicely fitted through the shoulders but not too snug on the body. And it’s wool-free! (I tried this one on but didn’t buy as it was too similar to something I already have. But it was tempting!)
I love the soft peplum and nice open neckline on this ribbed cashmere sweater…
Great color for the holidays or just to brighten up your neutrals.
How do you feel about oversized sweaters? Do you wear them, or do you search out more fitted styles?
Edited to add: Apologies, I’d somehow left off the link to the red sweater. I’ve added it.