How to Look Good in Chunky Knits

I have always had a thing for chunky knits! I mean really chunky, the kind you see on catwalks and you can never manage to wear in real life. BUT, since we are women living in a real world, it’s better to come down a couple of steps from that glamour stair and find some appropriate chunky sweaters!

I would like to be so pro in layering that I won’t ever need a coat again and only wear a couple big soft sweaters: coats are always too tight, or too loose, so uncomfortable when you’re wearing your chunky knits, and so annoying to carry around. But then, we’ll see the magic of layering on a post in the near future (stay tuned!)

Find The Right Chunky Sweater

The problem with chunky knit jumpers is… looking good in them! They almost never give you a flattering shape, no matter how beautiful, skinny or curvy you are. We must be smarter than them and style them well!

Very cool range of cream/beige/light grey vintage jumpers: Batwing white knitted jumperSleeveless white knitted jumperGrey cardigan/shrugShort sleeves white jumperShort sleeves long cream knitted jumperSleeveless black and grey diamond jumper

New non-wool jumpers: Cream cable knit color block jumperDrop shoulder cardigan in greyRibbed 100% cotton grey jumperOversized black and grey cable knit jumper

  • Rule number 1: never wear oversize + oversize. It would be a total disaster and you would look like a huge rag come out of the washing machine.
  • Rule number 2: big top + big shoes. It’s totally fine to wear UGG’s under a super oversize chunky knit. The vital thing is following rule number 1. Wear leggings like there’s no tomorrow!

V-neck color block cardiLetter boyfriend cardiganLeopard knit cardigan

  • Rule number 3: do not wear anything-knitted-else. I mean no knitted thights, no knitted boots, no knitted socks coming out of the boots, no knitted scarves. You may wear a nice knit beanie hat, but it needs to match the jumper really well. Really.
  • Rule number 4: do not put your chunky knit in the washing machine. Don’t do this to the poor thing and to yourself! You will end up wearing a shrinked no-more-oversize no-more-chunky sweater. Trust me, you don’t want to look like the “Little match girl”! Gently wash it in warm water with plenty of fabric conditioner! And don’t leave it to dry on the heater for goodness sake!

Need other ideas?

Try to have a look on Ashley Stewart plus size clothing if you’re on the curvy side, or browse more knits I’ve selected for you!

How do you style your chunky knits? Share your tips&tricks!


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