How To Wear An Oversized Chunky Knit Jumper

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Usually, ‘chunky’ is a word I don’t want to associate with my upper body. Chunky is not flattering. Chunky is not chic. So why, then, am I so enamoured with the chunky knit jumper? Maybe it’s the weather, or my tendency to go into hibernation for the first two months of the year. Whatever it is, I find myself casting aside my form-fitting dresses and cute cardigans in favour of an abundance of wool.

As the name suggests, chunky knit jumpers are tricky to wear because they can make you look a little… well, chunky. All that extra bulk can pad out your shoulders, giving you a distinct Dwayne Jonhson vibe. And no one wants that. Fortunately, after weeks of trial and error and more than my fair share of fashion faux pas, I’ve devised a strategy for successfully styling the chunky knit…

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H&M jumper and necklace, Zara jeans, bag and flats c/o Sarenza, Topshop ring

  • Balance out an oversized top with skinny jeans – roll them up to just above the ankles for extra leg-lengthening loveliness
  • Layer underneath with a long sleeve tee rather than wearing a coat, which will add more bulk
  • Wear delicate flats or heels, not big boots or trainers
  • Add detail to a plain jumper with a statement necklace
  • Keep a sense of proportion by pairing your oversized jumper with a small bag
Are you a fan of the oversized chunky knit? How do you wear yours?

30 Comments

Caroline

I like chunky knits but agree it’s best to wear them with skinny jeans for a flattering look!

Caroline x
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24hourprettypeople

I live in chunky knits and always buy the biggest possible jumper, and skinniest possible jeans to create the illusion of slimmer pins. Best time of year to buy a chunky knit too as there are a lot in the sales, and bigger sizes are sometimes all that is left which is perfect for me. And I also try not to wear a coat over the top – not only is it unflattering, I can never fit my chunky sleeves in!

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Jen

Great tip! Will definitely keep an eye on the sales for more chunky knits (not that I need to add to my collection!).

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Marie

You are the queen of the statement necklace! I’m a newish follower to your blog and it’s slowly making me realise my wardrobe is seriously lacking in this area!

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Charlotte

Oversized knit jumpers are my life right now.My actual life.. so comfy! I always wear mine with skinny jeans and ballet flats, and always with my hair down because an up do makes my head look tiny with this combo x

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Jen

Oh of course, of course! My ‘how to wear’ posts are totally tongue-in-cheek as I don’t consider myself a style expert by any means. Plus the titles are mainly for search purposes – I get lots of hits from people searching ‘how to wear…’ ๐Ÿ˜‰

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LilyLipstick

Great tips! I do like a chunky knit but at 5’1 they’re not really the most flattering choice for me. I always pair mine with leggings and will definitely try carrying a smaller handbag next time so that I don’t look like I’m being swamped by my clothing! x

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Deepa Mistry

I just bought a lovely one in the sales from warehouse, i wear with skinnies too. But I also wear with boots because my feet would freeze in flats this time of year. Pretty sure flats and socks don’t go either ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Jen

I think a nice pair of riding boots would look great – I was thinking more of massive workman’s boots in my tips ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Bex Cattran

I like to wear my Grandads old bowls jumper with a little check mini and leggings, but I always end up changing before I go out because it means so much to me but I know I am bound to spill just about anything on it. ๐Ÿ™

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HELen

Massive fan of the chunky knit.. But I usually let the knit do the talking! Defo going to try a bit of a statement necklace though. Really like these tips !!

HELen

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