Go Big: How to Style Oversized Clothes
Two sizes too big? No problem. We’ll show you how to make that oversized shirt work for you (it’s easy!).
Last fall our Art Director, Catherine Maciunas, arrived at a photo shoot wearing the Cotton Nylon stand collar jacket—in a size three times larger than her usual fit. The jacket, a signature on our line, had so much added movement, drape and drama that it prompted many of us on set to ask, “oooh, which piece is THAT?”
At EILEEN FISHER, sizing has always been subject to interpretation. The simplicity of our designs means you can generally go up or down a size, depending on whether you’re looking for a more relaxed or body-skimming fit. But styling that supersized button-down shirt you found at the secondhand store? That may require a little more know-how to look intentional—and not like you’re playing dress-up in someone else’s clothes.
While we hope that our collection always inspires experimentation and play, it’s true that not every item lends itself to an oversized statement. The trick, explains Catherine, is to find the right pieces, ones with clean lines in fabrics that drape. If you’re new to the oversized look, she recommends going two sizes up (so if you’re usually a size M, try size XL). Or, if you live near an EILEEN FISHER store, you might consider spending some time trying on different shapes in a range of sizes to find the pieces that push your edge. But if there’s one takeaway it’s this: have fun with it. As Catherine says, “Attitude really is everything.”