With Labor Day fast approaching, it will be no time at all before the weather starts turning crisp and pumpkin spice lattes again become the flavor of choice. And while I am not ready to break out my L.L.Bean down jacket, I admit I’m eager to drag my chunky sweaters out of storage. To me, a cozy sweater, jeans and booties outfit is basically the equivalent to pajamas, except it’s acceptable to wear to the office. Win.
But this season the classic cable-knit sweater will take a twist when it comes to size—like jeans, the more boyfriend the better. Last season, Alexander Wang showed puffy, neon (and even color-changing!) versions, while Tommy Hilfiger stayed true to his Americana roots with ponchos (in size extra-large only, it seemed) and plaid-printed sweaters. But the message remained the same—oversize, boyfriend, two-sizes-too-big sweaters are the outerwear option come fall.
When it comes to shopping for said sweater, why not borrow from the boys? The men’s departments of our favorite retailers are a wealth of cable-knit, chunky coolness. Just try and find items marked slim fit for a more form-fitting style, and shop a size or two down from your usual. If shopping in the men’s department seems too daunting, or you are too petite for a men’s XS, the women’s department has a variety of options. Look for styles marked oversized or boyfriend for a loose-fitting look, and buy a size or two up.
No matter which department you choose to shop, take care to style said boyfriend sweater in a way that doens’t make you look, well, frumpy. Try it with your favorite pair of skinny jeans, or even a contrasting texture, like leather. A sleek mini skirt and booties also does the trick!
Click through the slideshow above to shop 30 his and hers, borrowed from the boys sweaters!