Wednesday, October 30, 2013

3 Ways to Wear Chunky Knits Without Looking Chunky (Part 2)

Today I'm sharing my second tip for wearing chunky knits without looking chunky! (In case you missed Part 1, catch up here.) 

Yesterday I wrote how some ladies prefer to stay away from thicker knit fabrics because they find them too bulky or unflattering. I love a good cable knit sweater as much as anyone, but your typical round neck or oversized turtleneck? I'll just have to admire from afar because those looks ain't gonna happen. But guess what -- that's okay! It's important to make fashion work for you, not against you. 

Being a "thick" girl (as Trinis would say) with broad shoulders, I've had to find sweaters that complement my body type and are still fashionable and funky for the colder months. So what's my second trick for wearing chunky knits without looking chunky myself? 


2. Open up your neck


Okay that tip might sound weird at first, but hear me out. If you're heavy on top or perhaps have a thicker midsection, wearing a closed neck heavy knit sweater probably makes you feel bigger than you are. I hate when I have fabric all the way up to neck as it feels so restrictive. Oftentimes being totally covered up adds width to where I'm already at my widest with nothing to break it up. I'm not doing my body justice because my proportions are all out of whack.

In contrast, wear an open neck to balance out proportions. 

By choosing a v-neck tshirt and long necklace, I'm opening up my clavicle area and drawing the eye downwards. I completed my look with skimming black jeggings (ugh I can't believe that word is a part of my vocabulary now) and tall black boots.  

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Urban Outfitters knit grey sweater / Tristan jeggings (similar) / Mossimo white tshirt via Target / The Loft owl necklace / Boots via The Shoe Company (brand unknown) / Donkie leather purse via Korean boutique (in Myeondong station)

This is my favourite, coziest, and yes chunkiest sweater that I own and I absolutely love it. I bit the bullet and paid around $100 for this knit three years ago (a splurge in my books!). This is another instance of investing in quality pieces that have withstood the test of time. 

As the thermometer dips with each passing week, don't be shy about pulling out those knit sweaters and making them work for you! If you need to, add a belt and create shape or choose an open-neck option that shows off your neck and collarbone.

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10 comments:

  1. I usually shy away from the chunky knits but I like how you casually styled this sweater. Love your suggestion of adding a belt.
    http://www.robincharmagne.com/blog

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    1. Thanks Robin, I find that's usually the easiest way to create some definition of a smaller waist.

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  2. I love the simplicity of this outfit and I want those boots. I told myself I wasn't going to buy black riding boots but now I don't know....

    Awesome advice!

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    1. Haha that happens to me all the time... Stay strong Candice!

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  3. That is a cute cardigan and with that color, it can be worn with anything. :-) $100 is a splurge!

    Mo

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    1. Thanks Mo! And yes it definitely is, at least I'm not the only one lol

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  4. I also love the simplicity of this outfit with the texture of the knit adding visual interest. After replacing an entire outfit to weight loss, I am now starting to look for those investment pieces. Visiting from Pleated Poppy.

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    1. That's an amazing accomplishment Tracey, I hope you have fun with the new wardrobe shopping part of the process :)

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  5. Stopping by from the Pleated Poppy! This sweater was definitely worthy of a splurge! It looks so cozy!

    <3 Vicki
    wildeinthecity.blogspot.com

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    1. It's my fave for that reason! Nice meeting you Vicki :)

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