Yes, the fickle fashion cycle has swung around again to embracing the oversized, but as the ensembles in this Refinery29 slideshow demonstrate, the key to making this look work is in keeping everything balanced.
One of the things I love about this particular slideshow is that they’ve included some unexpected ways to embrace the oversized this season, including jewelry. I’ve often seen people wearing outfits that created an overall impression of softness and delicacy, due in part to understated accessories; how much more impact could you create by simply adding bold, chunky, colorful earrings, for example, to an otherwise quiet outfit?
The most important element in each of the slideshow examples is that for every outsized item, there is at least one other piece that balances all that exuberant volume by scaling it down. In the example shown here, this is happening in three ways: the close-to-the body fit of the sweater counters the super-full skirt, the soft sweater color is a perfect foil for the uber-bright gold of the skirt, and the skin that’s showing here is all in the legs— completely balanced by the sweater’s ladylike neckline and long sleeves.
To my eye, the key is in contrast, but more than just with colors, as in the pastel-with-bright example shown above: try slim-fitting with oversized, bold with delicate, soft with tailored, feminine with masculine, casual with glam… I could go on (and on). Playing with combinations like these is a sure-fire way to create a look that is uniquely your own!