5 Easy Ways To Style An Oversized Sweater

'Tis the season of oversized everything — because really, there's nothing comfier than cozying up in big, soft sweaters. But when it comes to our favorite throw-on-and-go cardigans, we tend to make an excuse for wearing them anytime other than Sunday morning. If you've found yourself saying, "I felt lazy," or, "I was running late," you're not alone. But lazy weekends shouldn't hold exclusive rights to your nubby-knit, chunky-sized, cuddly-fit sweaters. It's time those babies got a little more credit.

Regardless of the cardigan's size, it's easy to take it from a lackluster outfit topper to something you'll want to flaunt on Instagram. Rather than sticking it with a pair of leggings or skinny jeans, get creative with the styling. All it really takes are a few touches of the imagination (and some closet items you already own) to transition your knit from a grandpa-style hand-me-down to something you can truthfully call "cozy-chic" — and not be embarrassed to wear on a Wednesday.

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This knee-length sweater is all you. While it can definitely be worn on its own over black tights, we've opened up the buttons to let a tailored, coordinated set shine through. Layer up in colder weather with a robe-like smoking jacket that adds an extra layer of comfort, warmth, and coziness. Win-win-win.

Topshop Pinstripe Cropped Wrap Jacket, $85, available at Topshop; Topshop Pinstripe Peg Leg Pants, $75, available at Topshop; T By Alexander Wang V-Neck Long Cardigan, $559.43, available at Farfetch; Mango Jacquard Coat, $169.99, available at Mango; Dolce Vita Hackett Flats, $170 $102.90, available at Dolce Vita.
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Woe is the person who comes between us and our trusty oversized cardigan. Go ahead and update your sweater from a Netflix-binge accessory to something you'll feel proud to complete your outfit with — by choosing one that has a subtle splash, such as different-colored cuffs. A long-length version works great with a set of cropped flares, so you can keep the rest of the look simple and casual: a detailed turtleneck and some slip-on sneakers.

Rag & Bone/Jean Cardigan, $395 $318, available at The Corner; H&M Studded Turtleneck Top $49.99 $24.99, available at H&M; Attilio Giusti Leombruni Shoes; Rachel Comey Flared-Hem Mid-Rise Denim Jeans, $335, available at MatchesFashion.com; Charles & Keith Envelope Flap Sling Bag, $73, available at Charles & Keith.
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This oversized knit by Paige pairs amazingly with a trend that dominated the spring '16 runway: too-long sleeve lengths. Especially in a tailored fit and eye-catching print.
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A tighter, more cinched cardigan is perfect for beginners in the oversized territory. Instead of using it as a layering piece, wear it as a top itself. Pair it with cuffed jeans and the ultimate grandma-approved kitten heels — in a metallic shade, to give a modern oomph.

Jigsaw Degrade Wool Coat, $515, available at John Lewis; J.Crew Lightweight Wool Jackie Cardigan Sweater, $85, available at J.Crew; Mih Jeans Cropped Mom Jeans, $245, available at Stylebop; Topshop Juno Soft Ballet Mid Shoes, $105, available at Topshop; The Break The Ellis Choker, $15, available at The Break.
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Most people think you have to rock your Mr. Rogers-era cardigan with smoking slippers and chinos, but there's actually room to be a bit more youthful. Pop yours over your favorite tee and cropped trousers (we love these too much to call them "sweats") and layer underneath your worn-in moto jacket. It's hard(core) and soft, all at the same time.

Chicnova V-Neckline Cardigan With Pockets, $21.60, available at Chicnova; Zara Leather Jacket, $189, available at Zara; Whistles Mohair Knit Culotte, $204, available at John Lewis; Prada Leather Ankle Boots, $765, available at Saks Fifth Avenue; And Finally Eminem Print Tee, $48, available at Topshop.

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