June Guide: 20 of the best events happening around Ireland this month
June Guide: 20 of the best events happening around Ireland this month

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Love Island’s Amber Davies and Strictly champ Ore Oduba talk Pretty Woman the Musical 
Love Island’s Amber Davies and Strictly champ Ore Oduba talk Pretty Woman the Musical 

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Social pictures from the IMAGE nature hike with Nadia El Ferdaoussi
Social pictures from the IMAGE nature hike with Nadia El Ferdaoussi

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Read an extract from Orla Mackey’s debut, Mouthing
Read an extract from Orla Mackey’s debut, Mouthing

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Marrakesh: Much more than a load of hot air
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Social pictures from our IMAGE Business Club Cork city event
Social pictures from our IMAGE Business Club Cork city event

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From networking to setting work boundaries, a risk professional shares her career advice
From networking to setting work boundaries, a risk professional shares her career advice

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Beloved West Cork interiors shop, The Old Mill Stores, is for sale
Beloved West Cork interiors shop, The Old Mill Stores, is for sale

Megan Burns

Boxer shorts: Fashion’s coolest are wearing underwear as outerwear this season
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Networking Event: ‘Pitch Perfect: Mastering the Art of Public Speaking’
Networking Event: ‘Pitch Perfect: Mastering the Art of Public Speaking’

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Why Oversized Sweaters Are Underrated


By Marie Kelly
18th Jan 2017
Why Oversized Sweaters Are Underrated

We hear oversized, we see’sloppy. But incorporating an XL sweater or top into your outfit without looking?like a bag lady is simply about?balance. Here are five ways to look chic and sophisticated in an oversized top.

I love the simplicity of this outfit. The two contrasting neutrals add sharpness to the whole look, but what prevents this outfit from looking in any way shabby is the skinny ribbed skirt, which elongates the wearer and adds refinement to the gnarly knit.

Oversized sweater, €29.95 at Zara

Belting a?too-big-for-you?top immediately creates shape and adds instant sophistication. Don’t worry if there’s a little bit of bunching at the waist – this look shouldn’t?appear fussy, but slightly thrown together in an effortless way.

Cable-knit, wool-blend sweater, Isabel Marant, €340 (reduced from €680) at net-a-porter.com

If you’re going up a couple of sizes, try choosing something in a slightly sheer knit?for balance. Revealing a hint of flesh and a suggestion of shape through a thin knit makes the sweater look less overwhelming.

Mohair, wool-blend sweater, €79 at & Other Stories

A’directional?cut always attracts the eye and gives an oversized top a cleaner, sharper feel. This off-the-shoulder piece from Cos folds beautifully and looks really chic.

Asymmetric top, €69 at Cos

Many women fear that going oversized will leave them looking too boyish. This gorgeous striped shirt removes the issue with the addition of a?pretty?frill detail. The black cropped pants, which reveal a hint of ankle, also add a further feminine touch.

Striped cotton poplin shirt, Maison Margiela, €471 (reduced from €785) at matchesfashion.com