Styling An Oversized Sweater

October 23, 2014

‘Tis the season for Fall flavored Starbs yummies, topknots, blanket scarves, and trying to pull off oversized sweaters at the office every day of the week.

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ZARA SWEATER [LOVE THIS ONE] | ANN TAYLOR SKIRT | LULU*S BOOTS size up a half as they run narrow [SIMILAR OPTION UNDER $80] | DANIELLE NICOLE BAG [ALSO IN MINI]

Can you blame us though? It’s the closest we can get to wearing our down comforters to work.

We talked about it a little yesterday, but I wanted to give you a little outfit inspo in the flesh. I wore this exact outfit to work last Friday and it kept me toasty warm while being 9-5 appropriate. Point to you, old Zara sweater. I had a hot date with a few high school friends after punching out so I threw my hair up and swapped out this navy pencil skirt for my favorite black skinnies (which are also office approp, btw). A little something to remember: Most sweaters in this family are porous so toss on a cami or long sleeved tee (my favorite are from Peruvian Connection) underneath to ensure no one sees your La Perla.

 

Top Tips for Styling Oversized Sweaters:

Stay skinny on the bottom // Pair it with slimming pieces like a pencil skirt, a pixie pant, or a tapered leg pant.

+ Always add a heel // Keep that long, slimming effect by adding a pump or heeled boot

+ Go big or go home // If you’re a size small, try grabbing a size large in that sweater you’ve got your eye on and rock the oversized look. Just because it’s not made to be worn as “oversized” doesn’t mean you can’t style it that way!

+ Ducktail FTW // In a more casual setting, tuck a little of the sweater into the front of your skirt/pants and leave the back hanging out. This is an easy way to draw attention to your natural waist (Instead of looking like this knitted beast is devouring you)

 

Check out more super comfy oversized sweaters here:

Ask DS

October 22, 2014

Ah, the first of many cool weather based ‘AskDS’ posts. Your questions about cooler weather stylings have been rolling in & today I’ve chosen 3 that I think we can all relate to at one point or another throughout the week. Want your fashion/style questions answered? Submit them via social media tagging @districtsparkle + #askds or by email.

 

I’m just o-ver getting dressed. I don’t know fashion, it takes too much time in the morning to get things together, and I never feel cute. I work in an office where leggings aren’t an appropriate form of clothing. I’m lacking inspiration and cool clothes.

First of all, leggings are NEVER an acceptable form of clothing. And as far as inspiration goes, Pinterest really can save your ass on those mornings where you think you have absolutely nothing to wear. I cheat at least once a week and check out my ‘outfit inspo‘ Pinterest board for ideas. No time to curate your own? I kinda dig mine.

Now, if you can’t be bothered with Pinterest, we’ve got a bit of a dilemna on our hands, don’t we? So let’s break your closet into three parts: Pants. Skirts. Dresses. Out of 5 workdays, you now have 3 covered. So let’s break it down a little further: Tapered pant. Wide leg pant. Skirt. Shift dress. Shirt dress. HUZZAH! That’s 5 days, ladies.

Shop all 5 here:

 

How do I make my comfy sweaters appropriate for the workplace?

The easiest way to style an oversized chunker is to pair it with something not oversized. Brilliant, right? Try a super tapered long leg pant or a pencil skirt with heels. The sweater is chunky and boxy so you want to elongate the rest of your body to get that chic look.

 

Are OTK boots OK at work?

You, my friend, are in luck. We just chatted about this in yesterday’s post. It’s got all the tips to appropriately wear any kind of OTK boot in the office, or anywhere else. Word to the wise: I’d stay away from any stiletto OTKs in the workplace.

Browse more office-friendly OTKs:

East vs. West Style | OTK Boots

October 21, 2014

Full disclosure: It took me awhile to feel comfortable in OTK boots without feeling like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman.

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HUTCH SHIRTDRESS c/o | SOLE SOCIETY OTK BOOTS c/o | SOLE SOCIETY FEDORA c/o | TAUDREY PENDANT NECKLACE c/o [SIMILAR] | H&M VEST [SIMILAR] [UNDER $50] | GIGI NEW YORK TOTE | RAY BANS SUNGLASSES | BOBBI BROWN GLOSS in NOUGAT

For the longest time, I just. could. not. bring myself to purchase a pair of O(ver) T(he) K(nee) boots. I felt soo uncomfortable and thought everyone I traipsed by while in said hooker boots were judging me. Cut to today: I own 4 pair. Heeled brown, heeled black, flat brown, and flat black (suede + under $40). One for every occasion, literally.

Don’t get me wrong. Those Vivian Ward boots are still on the feet of IDGAF girls everywhere but the right OTK boot for you can change the game entirely. Bottom line: Not all OTK boots are slutty. And that’s the most important place to start when hunting for the perfect boot for your style.

Typically, there are only two ways I ever wear OTK boots: With dresses or over tights/pants. With pants, skimpiness doesn’t really matter since everything is covered. But pairing OTKs with a dress is a different situation, entirely. I’m most comfortable with a few inches of skin showing above the knee. Take into consideration that when you walk, sit, etc. the dress is going to ride up. And ain’t nobody want to be seen with a hoochie at girls brunch, amiright? Introducing heeled OTKs into the situation? My favorite way to pair these with a dress is to choose a shift or flowy dress that hits just above the boot. Super mod but simple and you won’t be worrying about flashing strangers all night. Unless, of course, that’s your thing.

Still not convinced? Try a pair that hit below your knee but have the option to unfold to become OTKs. Two birds. One stone boot.

Get  a little more boot inspiration from my favorite #EastVsWestStyle Challenge girls:

EastvsWest Boots

 

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