Oversized clothing continues to be in style, whether it’s a giant sweater, a huge overcoat, baggy pants, or anything in between. This comes in handy during the winter season, as it gives you an excuse to bundle up in something nice and cozy. Unfortunately, it’s also very easy to drown in all your clothes and just look like a jellyfish, hence the new term for the “jellyfish” trend.
Luckily, there are a few fashion rules that can keep you from getting lost in oversized layers. “In general, when wearing a larger, baggier, bulkier top, I would suggest a thinner bottom to help balance the overall proportions and allow us to see the person underneath the look, not just the garment itself” , personal stylist Stephanie Gisondi-Little told InStyle. The same goes for bottoms, as looser bottoms often require a smaller top to avoid getting lost in the fabric.
Accessories can also be a great way to get the proportions right when wearing an oversized outfit. Some shoes give heights and silhouettes to balance out the jellyfish style. We’ve picked out the top five types of shoes to pair with your oversized outfits to get that on-trend look.
Platforms have become a fashion staple over the past couple of years in almost every form imaginable. The Macmillan dictionary describes flatforms as “shoes which have a very thick sole (the lower part under the foot) which adds height but keeps the feet flat”. Sneaker brands, such as Converse, have even started adding flat soles to their shoes. Other types of footwear, such as sandals and loafers, also saw this approach. The platform is perfect for pairing with an oversized outfit due to its relaxed feel and added height to balance the figure.
Lugged Sole Boots
Lugged sole boots are the perfect combination of avant-garde and chic. The chunky lug sole boots make them a great option for oversized outfits. They stand out above the bag, especially with a long skirt, long coat or wide trousers. While thinner, more delicate shoes can get lost in the fabric, cleated soles are extra chunky and provide height and volume.
Ballet flats are the perfect way to create a more delicate and feminine look with oversized clothes. While ballet flats can drown under oversized bottoms, they’re the perfect pairing for a huge top and tighter pants. Everyday fashion blogger Charlotte Buttrick shares her favorite ballerina outfit ideas in a YouTube video, including one outfit that incorporates straight-leg denim with an oversized coat. This outfit provides an elegant finish to the feet as the ballerina flats hold the lower half of the outfit in proportion.
Dad sneakers are a great finishing touch to an oversized outfit if you prefer the streetwear aesthetic. These chunky, oversized sneakers give even the classiest of looks a laid-back vibe. A fan favorite way to style the shoe is with a slightly oversized top and a slightly oversized bottom. It’s one of the only shoe styles that always lets you look put together with two oversized pieces.
Thigh High Heels
Take it from Ariana Grande: knee-high boots are a great shoe for oversized outfits. The pop star is the queen of oversized sweatshirts and high boots, as she has been photographed in a similar outfit on several occasions. Tall boots are a fantastic way for petite women to mimic longer legs and even out their proportions while sporting an oversized look. YouTube style expert Tiffany Grace shares how she pairs her tall boots with oversized shirts and blazers for an oversized look that’s both sexy and sophisticated.