You see a one-of-a-kind jacket while out thrifting that you absolutely love but it’s two sizes too big. Do you
A. Put it back on the rack and dream about it for the next couple of months out of regret
B. Grab it and read the rest of this blog so you can look fab in your new oversized jacket!
I’ll give you the answer since if you’re like me you hate quizzes, the answer is B! and hopefully, you chose that option and are now ready to wear your new oversized jacket and make it yours. There are so many things you can do with a jacket that’s too large to make it a better fit for you, here are 5 of them.
1.Shift your mindset
No longer will you have to pass on a great find because it’s too big, think of your items as oversized! And there is so much you can do to create fun and stylish looks with clothes that are larger or baggier on your frame.
2. Create balance
If your jacket is over-sized then you want to bring a sense of balance to your outfit by wearing other pieces that are slimming. Your pants and shirt should be somewhat fitted so that they aren’t as large as the jacket. Unless the look you’re going for is 1990’s TLC (not that there’s anything wrong with that!) refrain from making everything that you wear oversized.
3. Scrunch like your life depended on it
Most jackets look better with the sleeves scrunched at the elbow and this will bring a sense of style to the jacket. This is especially necessary if the sleeves are too long. If you find that scrunching your jacket won’t work because the sleeves are too big and won’t stay up a trick that I use is to use rubber bands. Once scrunched you won’t be able to even see the rubber band and the sleeves will stay up.
4. Get it tailored
If you would rather get the sleeves tailored to fit your length this is always an option as well. A tailor can also help you in making other minor changes that may make the jacket fit you perfectly and it usually doesn’t cost a ton of money.
5. Size still matters
Try not to go too large. While you can make an over-sized jacket look stylish, if it’s too large you’ll just look like you’re in a jacket that’s too large for you and this can look frumpy. To ensure any anti-frumpiness make sure you don’t go too large, two to three sizes up should fit quite nicely.
6. NIX the shoulder pads
Many of the items you find while thrifting will be vintage or retro and shoulder pads were the in-thing in many eras. While back then it was said that shoulder pads create a sense of power and confidence, if you wear an over-sized jacket with shoulder pads you probably will just come off looking like a football player so either take the shoulder pads out or have your tailor remove them.
7. Give’em the cold shoulder (Bonus tip)
I love wearing oversized sweaters and jackets because I have the option of making my outfit a little bit sexier by allowing one side to fall off of my shoulder. If you’re comfortable with the look and in the mood to wear something a bit sultry but still comfy grab your oversized jacket and allow it to reveal a little shoulder action.