Picking The Right Oversized Dress

Oversized dresses are stylish, flowy, and comfortable, but can be a challenge to style! All it takes is one detail to make an oversized piece of clothing exude either fashion-forwardness or sloppiness. Keep in mind these following tips for when you're in love with that one oversized dress but don't know how to rock it. Sian tells us more:

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Oversized clothing is on trend again (thankfully cause it’s SO comfy!), but it can easily make you look frumpy or sloppy. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when going for oversized clothing so you don’t look frumpy:

    • Stick to one oversized item in your look. For example, if you are wearing an oversized top, go for a more fitted pant/jean. With a fuller skirt or wide legged pants, wear a tighter top. It’s all about the proper balance.
    • Thicker, heavier fabrics can weigh your look down and overwhelm your frame. Stick to lightweight fabrics like cotton and silk that will look more flowy.
    • If you have a larger mid-section (especially apple shaped and pear shaped beauties), try to avoid dresses that hit below the natural waist – it can make your mid-section look bigger. The ASOS dress I am wearing for this post is perfect because it hits right at the natural waist (about an inch above the belly button).
    • If the dress is midi length or maxi length, it can end up being overwhelming on your body. Show a little skin on top to balance out the length. For example, this dress has a nice low neckline, and see-through crochet details. If it had long sleeves and/or a higher neckline the dress would be overwhelming on my body.
    • Don’t buy clothing in bigger sizes to get the oversized look – the garment should purposely tailored as an oversized item.
    • Adding a higher heel helps elongate your body!

ASOS has been nailing it lately with their boho chic inspired fashion. When I saw this dress, I HAD to have it. The bold red embroidered pattern, and crochet details are unique and the fit is so darn comfy and lightweight for summer.

Photo courtesy of Sian

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Sian Profile PicSian is the woman behind the stylish fashion and beauty blog, Girl, Inbetweenied. She blogs to be a "fashion and beauty inspiration for the average-sized woman" in response to the fashion industry's unrealistic beauty standards of female size. A resident of Washington DC, Sian is a proud Inbetweenie and advocate of universal beauty for all sizes. Follow Sian on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!