The Rules Of Oversized Dressing, According To Stella McCartney

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Being good at wearing oversized clothing doesn't necessarily mean you buy all your clothes two sizes bigger. It means understanding where you can go big, and where you should pare back; how to balance an exaggerated shape with something else; and what "big" actually means, anyway (Long? Wide? Playful proportions?).

No one understands "oversized" quite like Stella McCartney, who's able to present cozy, cool-looking oversized shapes that still feel polished, feminine, and pretty. Her fall 2016 collection was like a distillation of her best and biggest (literally) hits, and with plenty of notes to copy down. Click through to see the seven oversized pieces to have come fall, and the key tricks to wearing them with panache.
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The Oversized Vest

Where to go big: the length and the collar.
Where it needs to fit: the armholes and chest.
Pairs best with: a long, streamlined pant or skirt.
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The Oversized Shorts

Where to go big: the width of the legs.
Where it needs to fit: the crotch and waistband.
Pairs best with: foot-exposing shoes, like a single-sole pump or strappy sandals.
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The Oversized Blazer

Where to go big: the length of the jacket and sleeves, the width of the lapels.
Where it needs to fit: the shoulders.
Pairs best with: a low-cut camisole and tall shoes.
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The Oversized Denim Jacket

Where to go big: the pockets, length, and boxiness of the jacket.
Where it needs to fit: the sleeves.
Pairs best with: feminine basics and high-waisted bottoms.
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The Oversized Shirt

Where to go big: everywhere but...
Where it needs to fit: ...the shoulders.
Pairs best with: prim separates, like a tailored pant or a pretty skirt.
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The Oversized Sweater

Where to go big: the neckline, the length, and the width.
Where it needs to fit: the sleeve width.
Pairs best with: a flippy skirt and a peek-a-boo shirt.
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The Oversized Dress

Where to go big: the length, skirt, pattern, and sleeves.
Where it needs to fit: The neckline and shoulders need to fit to a T.
Pairs best with: super-tall shoes and modern accessories.
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