It’s definitely big huggy sweater season

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This is all I feel like wearing right now: oversize, comfy, and also quite stylish sweaters that slightly dwarf me and make me feel all cozy and warm. They’re tricky though: even if they’re oversized, they should still fit—most importantly in the shoulders—or otherwise they can just look sloppy. I think this specimen from Jenny Kayne is very nearly perfect: it’s a good, kind of deep grey, and I dig the cable knit pattern.

Here’s a mohair blend from Cos that looks great and is pretty well-priced.

I’m kind of in love with this recycled cashmere number from Madewell, for several reasons, not the least of which is that it’s such a good, rich navy.

A polo-collar sweater that’d go a long way towards helping you look put-together during Zoom calls.

I’m not as crazy about asymmetrical hemlines on sweaters as I used to be for some reason, but I do like it here.

The contrasting stripes here are a nice touch.

Such a divine blue on this alpaca blend, and I like the butt-coverage it offers.

A chic little cardigan that I might go up a size on for ultimate roominess.

A good neutral-hued crewneck for wearing with jeans or whatever.

Of course I mostly like this recycled cashmere V-neck because it’s yellow.

And finally, here’s one that looks like a perfect vintage store find from the 90s (here’s one that’s just as cute but cheaper).

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29 Thoughts on It’s definitely big huggy sweater season
    Elisabeth
    14 Feb 2022
    11:01am

    The Jenni Kayne cardi is my valentine, or would be if I could justify another sweater. I have a less nice oversized grey cardi, and it truly can be dressed up as well as down, surprisingly.

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    Joannawnyc
    14 Feb 2022
    11:06am

    I’m thinking about spring dresses!

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      Eloise
      14 Feb 2022
      12:24pm

      I’m hoping it’s almost time for a spring edition of “Dresses with grown-up hemlines” (and would love some in petite sizes, if possible).

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    dk
    14 Feb 2022
    12:00pm

    Thank you for the tip on sizing the sweaters to your shoulders!! It’s hard for me to find that sweet spot of loose fit without being overwhelmed by too much volume. My favorite oversize sweater trick is to buy Bloomingdales mens cashmere when it goes on sale right after Christmas (usually marked down to $100 or less) – they aren’t too thick, go with everything, are well made and last forever. I steam them to keep them fresh which saves on dry cleaning.

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    Abby
    14 Feb 2022
    12:01pm

    Another plug for the Jenni Kayne cable cocoon cardigan; I bought it as a treat to myself for surviving a brutal job change and even sized up. I wear it absolutely constantly. It is the perfect layer for mid-winter/early spring evenings and mornings in the Rockies, and when it is a little more biting, I can double-wrap the front around myself. My only tiny complaint is that I wish it pilled a little less, but it’s 100% worth the investment.

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      Tanya
      15 Feb 2022
      2:15pm

      Thank you for this, Abby. I was wondering if the price tag was justified.

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    Jen
    14 Feb 2022
    12:23pm

    Love that Madewell sweater (my favorite color combination, AND stripes!). Do any of you “of a certain age” find really warm sweaters less and less appealing to wear, though? For me it’s not even hot flashes per se but just that I find I start getting really uncomfortable very easily when even just a touch too warm. It’s a drag with a closetful of just these sorts of sweaters!

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      Julie
      14 Feb 2022
      1:54pm

      Just a note — I own that Madewell cardigan. I love it, but it PILLS almost immediately, so be warned!

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        kimbersam
        14 Feb 2022
        2:32pm

        Pilling Vent: What IS it with sweaters these days, brand-new or second wear, and pills all over? Cashmere, merino wool, mohair, and so on. It makes me really mad. My vintage stuff pills less.

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          Lorange
          15 Feb 2022
          7:12pm

          I suspect it might have to do with…climate change. Sweaters pill when the fibers are shorter and finer and maybe sheep have been producing different quality of wool as the climate changes? It’s a theory of mine anyway. But it could be that companies are asking for softer material, which always pills more easily anyway? So it could be a market force, with unintended consequences.

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          Betsy Palmer
          14 Feb 2022
          3:40pm

          I agree. Someone suggested that I buy more expensive cashmere, but I’ve found that it matters very little. $500 sweaters are as bad as $75 sweaters. Surprisingly one of the best that I have is a Garnet Hill v-neck that was very reasonable.

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          karin
          14 Feb 2022
          4:23pm

          No kidding! It’s maddening. I’m holding on for dear life to a couple of wool sweaters and a cashmere hoodie from J Crew circa 1989. They are still going strong! Everything else = pills within a week or two.

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      Stephanie
      14 Feb 2022
      12:59pm

      Same! Not necessarily a hot flash situation, just a tendency to get too warm too fast. My post-menopause winter wardrobe consists primarily of long-sleeved cotton tees.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      15 Feb 2022
      12:11am

      Yes. (Dabs sweat from forehead…)

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      Viajera
      14 Feb 2022
      3:04pm

      Funny you should ask. I am usually someone who thinks it is too hot, as opposed to my good friends who are usually cold – but either bc of getting older, or bc of starting to put turmeric and black pepper on everything, or because of some other unknown thing?, last year, there were a couple days when they thought it was too hot, and I felt just fine. I was mildly freaked out by this, and I have since toned it down a lot, with the putting of extra spices on everything. Only at lunch now, and not with a heavy hand. (I was doing the turmeric thing bc I was trying to avoid taking a lot of advil … blah blah blah) But, it could also be some weird aging thing. Or, an unknown. Knock on wood, I don’t get hot flashes (yet?) I do get a sort of milder change in temps and I have to take my cardi off and put it on a lot. So much so, that I plan to dig out a vest. (I’ve kind of always had that though. Just more often now.) But the other thing was so odd, I thought I’d mention it. Bodies are weird! No idea if it means anything.

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      Susanna
      15 Feb 2022
      8:50am

      Oh god yes. I still have a closet full of sweaters like this but find that I rarely wear them. I’m always too hot in them and constantly itchy as well. For me it’s lightweight cotton and/or (presentable) sweatshirts year-round.

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    Liz
    14 Feb 2022
    10:04am

    Thanks for the great choices Kim – I put a few in my shopping carts. To anyone interested in the Jenni Kayne sweater, don’t buy without a coupon code! The last one I received was for 20% and it was “FRESHSTART20” – expires 2/15. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone !

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    Leslie
    14 Feb 2022
    10:11am

    I had to laugh – I have the brown Madewell cardigan; I didn’t size up, but the sleeves on it are HUGE, like ridiculously bell shaped (and I don’t have skinny arms). I had to take them in so I wouldn’t look clownish, but it was worth it because it is such a pretty, cozy sweater.

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    cw
    14 Feb 2022
    9:36am

    I really really don’t need another sweater unless I move to a different much colder climate. However, I want the Jenni Kayne and the teal sweater in a bad she-really-needs-to-get-a-grip sort of way.

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    patty
    14 Feb 2022
    9:44am

    So I’ve gotten a few polo-collared sweater this season. It helps minimize my big boobs on a small frame. I would love it if you find some polo tops for the warmer weather ahead. Please?? and thank you!

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      Milou
      14 Feb 2022
      5:08pm

      Would you share where you purchased? I have a similar body type and would love to know what you found flattering.

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        patty
        15 Feb 2022
        10:56am

        The Reset. Great quality, nice style. Not cheap, but their sale prices are excellent. There’s a fair amount of offerings on sale.

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        patty
        19 Feb 2022
        5:13pm

        I just bought my 4th sweater from The Reset this year. It’s a half-zip and I love it! It’s short-ish and boxy (my perfect fit cuz boobs). I got the plum color which is a very deep plum and it was only $39 on sale.
        In contrast, the black is $89, but I just ordered that one too.

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    Kim F
    14 Feb 2022
    1:13pm

    I have this oversize cardigan from Sezanne, and it’s just perfect: https://www.sezane.com/us/product/achille-jumper/bright-blue#size-XS
    It comes in several colors, but the one I have (flecked beige) is limited in what’s left.

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    Liz
    14 Feb 2022
    12:36pm

    Ooh, this is a dangerous post, because these are also all I want to wear. I actually have an oversized mohair sweater coming from & Other Stories today that I’m considering wearing with jeans to Valentine’s dinner instead of a dress. And regarding a comment above, Madewell has great sweaters but they don’t do balloon sleeves well at all. You’d never know this from their photos. I ordered what looked like the perfect Joni Mitchell 70s prairie blouse and the sleeves were so extremely puffy, it was comical.

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    Jenifer
    14 Feb 2022
    4:54pm

    I love a good cashmere sweater or any sweater for that matter. I agree wit ha number of the commenters here about the pilling I have several new Jenni Kayne and J Crew sweaters and even after one wearing they pill like crazy! They shouldn’t do that given the cost, need better quality yarn!

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    Mamavalveeta03
    15 Feb 2022
    12:25am

    I have an oversized Jenni Kayne alpaca cardigan and I love it. It doesn’t seem to pill very much, but I have other cashmere sweaters (and I agree with Betsy Palmer, cost doesn’t seem to improve the situation!) that pill like crazy. I’m a big fan of that oversized Pistola, but it’s sold out. There’s always room for another sweater!

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    CeeJay
    14 Feb 2022
    8:04am

    Love these, thanks Kim. A word about Jenni Kayne, I used to get annoyed by what I felt like were overpriced items for an aspirational California lifestyle brand. I kept getting 20% off offers and finally caved and bought the fisherman sweater (in cotton, like many I can’t do wool). I wear it all the time, it is perfectly cut, has worn well despite multiple (gentle cycle) washes, and overall a great buy using the PPW (price per wear) valuation.
    I still wish their models would be more size, age and otherwise inclusive. There was a comment here recently about Emerson Fry and their skinny blonde model … after reading that I can’t look at their stuff anymore.

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    Eloise
    14 Feb 2022
    8:22am

    The Madewell yellow recycled cashmere v-neck has made many trips into my cart and may well (unintentional, but now that I see what a I’ve done, I am not editing) end up there again.

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