An Oversized Guide To The Best Oversized Sweaters

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Name a more iconic winter duo than Lenny Kravitz and his giant scarf. (We’ll wait.) The memorable photo of the singer strolling down a city street wearing a colossal scarf exudes excess — and the memes it inspired will live on forever. In a similar fashion, oversized sweaters are exaggerated, low-key dramatic, and most of all, comfortable to the core. And, since winter is here to stay for a while, we took a page out of Lenny’s book and went on the hunt for some big-time, rockstar knits in silhouettes that envelope the body.

The comfort of a roomy sweater is undeniable. Whether it’s hand-knit by your grandma or the byproduct of some hasty weekend retail therapy, a wearable tent of snuggly softness is worth trying on for size. Plus, nothing looks better when you’re curled up by a warm fire with a cup of hot cocoa (not that we’re actually suggesting any pre-orchestrated “in the moment” Instagram captures). So, let's get down to the knitty-gritty with 33 of the comfiest oversized sweaters ahead — each handily broken down by style category from fisherman to balloon sleeve and beyond.

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<h3>Fisherman Style Sweater</h3><br>The fisherman gives off a classic nautical vibe that will never go out of style (<a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/best-cable-knit-sweaters-for-women" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:just ask Chris Evans" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">just ask Chris Evans</a>). Hot tip: size up for an even extra-oversized fit and pretend you dug this out of your dad's old wardrobe archive. <br><br><strong>Anthropologie</strong> Bia Mock Neck Tunic Sweater, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.anthropologie.com%2Fshop%2Fbia-mock-neck-tunic-sweater" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Anthropolgie" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Anthropolgie</a>

Fisherman Style Sweater


The fisherman gives off a classic nautical vibe that will never go out of style (just ask Chris Evans). Hot tip: size up for an even extra-oversized fit and pretend you dug this out of your dad's old wardrobe archive.

Anthropologie Bia Mock Neck Tunic Sweater, $, available at Anthropolgie
<br><br><strong>Lila Vintage Shop</strong> West Highland Fisherman Cable Knit Jumper, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.etsy.com%2Flisting%2F903148080%2Fpure-wool-west-highland-fisherman-cable" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Etsy</a>


Lila Vintage Shop West Highland Fisherman Cable Knit Jumper, $, available at Etsy
<br><br><strong>Everlane</strong> The Oversized Alpaca Crew, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.everlane.com%2Fproducts%2Fwomens-alpaca-crew-rosewood" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Everlane" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Everlane</a>


Everlane The Oversized Alpaca Crew, $, available at Everlane
<br><br><strong>Columbia</strong> Pine Street Sweater, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.backcountry.com%2Fcolumbia-pine-street-sweater-womens" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Backcountry" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Backcountry</a>


Columbia Pine Street Sweater, $, available at Backcountry
<h3>Balloon Sleeve Sweater</h3><br>Sweaters fashioned with big billowing sleeves is definitely an oversized trend we can get behind. We recommend dressing up a pair of jeans with your new pair of knitted wings.<br><br><strong>Topshop</strong> Statement Sleeve Knitted Sweater, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fus.topshop.com%2Fen%2Ftsus%2Fproduct%2Fclothing-70483%2Fsweaters-knits-4210630%2Fdt-statemnt-slv-mid-9494676" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Topshop" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Topshop</a>

Balloon Sleeve Sweater


Sweaters fashioned with big billowing sleeves is definitely an oversized trend we can get behind. We recommend dressing up a pair of jeans with your new pair of knitted wings.

Topshop Statement Sleeve Knitted Sweater, $, available at Topshop
<br><br><strong>Eloquii</strong> Puff Sleeve Ribbed Sweater, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.eloquii.com%2Fpuff-sleeve-ribbed-sweater%2F1083050.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Eloquii" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Eloquii</a>


Eloquii Puff Sleeve Ribbed Sweater, $, available at Eloquii
<br><br><strong>& Other Stories</strong> Balloon Sleeve Knit Sweater, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.stories.com%2Fen_usd%2Fclothing%2Fknitwear%2Fsweaters%2Fproduct.balloon-sleeve-knit-sweater-black.0923406002.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:& Other Stories" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">& Other Stories</a>


& Other Stories Balloon Sleeve Knit Sweater, $, available at & Other Stories
<br><br><strong>A New Day</strong> Balloon Sleeve Boat Neck Pullover Sweater, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fgoto.target.com%2FMaKMK" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Target" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Target</a>


A New Day Balloon Sleeve Boat Neck Pullover Sweater, $, available at Target
<h3>Turtleneck Sweater </h3><br>Turtlenecks are a modest and practical sweater choice for winter weather — but, when you give them the oversized treatment, things get a little chic-ier.<br><br><strong>Mango</strong> Turtleneck Ribbed Sweater, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Ffave.co%2F34g5nDc" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Mango" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Mango</a>

Turtleneck Sweater


Turtlenecks are a modest and practical sweater choice for winter weather — but, when you give them the oversized treatment, things get a little chic-ier.

Mango Turtleneck Ribbed Sweater, $, available at Mango
<br><br><strong>Zara</strong> High Collar Knit Sweater, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.zara.com%2Fus%2Fen%2Fhigh-collar-knit-sweater-p09598101.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Zara" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Zara</a>


Zara High Collar Knit Sweater, $, available at Zara
<br><br><strong>Free People</strong> Ice Cream Tunic, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Ffave.co%2F2WfEw5O" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Free People" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Free People</a>


Free People Ice Cream Tunic, $, available at Free People
<br><br><strong>Mountain Khakis</strong> Grayson Sweater, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.zappos.com%2Fp%2Fmountain-khakis-grayson-sweater-classic-fit-woodland%2Fproduct%2F9457453%2Fcolor%2F16747" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Zappos" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Zappos</a>


Mountain Khakis Grayson Sweater, $, available at Zappos
<br><br><strong>La Ligne</strong> Wool & Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Fla-ligne-wool-cashmere-turtleneck-sweater%2F5763508" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nordstrom</a>


La Ligne Wool & Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater, $, available at Nordstrom
<h3>Statement Sweater</h3><br><br>We already love statement sweaters for their bold prints, bright colors, and elevated embellishments — pair all that with an oversized silhouette and now we're talking BIG knitwear energy.<br><br><strong>Who What Wear</strong> Striped Turtleneck Pullover Sweater, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fgoto.target.com%2Fb61km" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Target" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Target</a>

Statement Sweater



We already love statement sweaters for their bold prints, bright colors, and elevated embellishments — pair all that with an oversized silhouette and now we're talking BIG knitwear energy.

Who What Wear Striped Turtleneck Pullover Sweater, $, available at Target
<br><br><strong>Kule</strong> The Brodie, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.kule.com%2Fcollections%2Fsweaters%2Fproducts%2Fthe-brodie-black" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Kule" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Kule</a>


Kule The Brodie, $, available at Kule
<br><br><strong>UO</strong> Blythe Striped Pullover Sweater, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Ffave.co%2F3nr8jo3" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Urban Outfitters" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Urban Outfitters</a>


UO Blythe Striped Pullover Sweater, $, available at Urban Outfitters
<br><br><strong>Elloqui Elements</strong> Plus Size Zebra Print Tunic Sweater, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.walmart.com%2Fip%2FELOQUII-Elements-Women-s-Plus-Size-Zebra-Print-Tunic-Sweater%2F581307275" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Walmart" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Walmart</a>


Elloqui Elements Plus Size Zebra Print Tunic Sweater, $, available at Walmart
<br><br><strong>McQ</strong> Black Oversized Patch Cardigan, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ssense.com%2Fen-us%2Fwomen%2Fproduct%2Fmcq%2Fblack-oversized-patch-cardigan%2F5973551" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:SSENSE" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">SSENSE</a>


McQ Black Oversized Patch Cardigan, $, available at SSENSE
<h3>Cardigan Sweater</h3> <br>An oversized cardigan is one of the most versatile knitwear styles we can think of: wear it alone as a top; unbuttoned over a tank or tee; buttoned up over a dress; layered it under your favorite shacket. <br><br><strong>525</strong> Mixed Cable Cardigan, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Ffave.co%2F3pCG5bg" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shopbop" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Shopbop</a>

Cardigan Sweater


An oversized cardigan is one of the most versatile knitwear styles we can think of: wear it alone as a top; unbuttoned over a tank or tee; buttoned up over a dress; layered it under your favorite shacket.

525 Mixed Cable Cardigan, $, available at Shopbop
<br><br><strong>Oak + Fort</strong> Oversized Cardigan, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.oakandfort.com%2FCARDIGAN-6833" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Oak + Fort" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Oak + Fort</a>


Oak + Fort Oversized Cardigan, $, available at Oak + Fort
<br><br><strong>ASOS DESIGN Curve</strong> Oversized Cardigan, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.asos.com%2Fus%2Fasos-curve%2Fasos-design-curve-oversized-cardigan-in-taupe%2Fprd%2F21793515" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:ASOS" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">ASOS</a>


ASOS DESIGN Curve Oversized Cardigan, $, available at ASOS
<br><br><strong>QUALFORT</strong> Oversized Knit Cardigan, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/3kAErDt" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>


QUALFORT Oversized Knit Cardigan, $, available at Amazon
<br><br><strong>Cyrus</strong> V-Neck Button Front Cardigan, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nordstromrack.com%2Fs%2Fcyrus-v-neck-button-front-cardigan%2Fn3278089" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom Rack" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nordstrom Rack</a>


Cyrus V-Neck Button Front Cardigan, $, available at Nordstrom Rack
<h3>Cashmere Sweater</h3> <br>Cashmere is the crème de la crème of sweater fabrics — and an oversized style doubles that dreaminess. It's pricey, but a luxuriously soft investment that, with the right care, will last for years to come. And, if you're looking for something more eco-friendly, there are loads of recycled and sustainable cashmere options on the market these days so you can feel confident and responsible about your big cloud of a purchase. <br><br><strong>Madewell</strong> (Re)sourced Cashmere Turtleneck Tunic Sweater, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Ffave.co%2F3nBocb1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Madewell" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Madewell</a>

Cashmere Sweater


Cashmere is the crème de la crème of sweater fabrics — and an oversized style doubles that dreaminess. It's pricey, but a luxuriously soft investment that, with the right care, will last for years to come. And, if you're looking for something more eco-friendly, there are loads of recycled and sustainable cashmere options on the market these days so you can feel confident and responsible about your big cloud of a purchase.

Madewell (Re)sourced Cashmere Turtleneck Tunic Sweater, $, available at Madewell
<br><br><strong>Everlane</strong> The Oversized Stroopwafel Crew in ReCashmere, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com?id=30283X879131&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.everlane.com%2Fproducts%2Fwomens-ovszd-waffle-crew-recashmere-bone%3Fcollection%3Dwomens-sweaters%23" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Everlane" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Everlane</a>


Everlane The Oversized Stroopwafel Crew in ReCashmere, $, available at Everlane
<br><br><strong>Naadam</strong> Recycled Cashmere Crewneck Sweater, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com?id=30283X879131&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fnaadam.co%2Fproducts%2Frecycled-cashmere-crewneck-sweater%3Fvariant%3D32695187832928" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Naadam" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Naadam</a>


Naadam Recycled Cashmere Crewneck Sweater, $, available at Naadam
<br><br><strong>Quince</strong> Mongolian Cashmere V-Neck, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.onequince.com%2Fwomen%2Fcashmere%2Fmongolian-cashmere-v-neck" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Quince" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Quince</a>


Quince Mongolian Cashmere V-Neck, $, available at Quince
<br><br><strong>Naked Cashmere</strong> Renata Sweater In Recycled Cashmere, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nakedcashmere.com%2Fproducts%2Frenata" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Naked Cashmere" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Naked Cashmere</a>


Naked Cashmere Renata Sweater In Recycled Cashmere, $, available at Naked Cashmere
<h3>Hoodie Sweater</h3><br>For a casual sportswear twist, we recommend opting for the oversized knitwear option that comes hooded. <br><br><strong>H&M</strong> Fine-Knit Hoodie, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww2.hm.com%2Fen_us%2Fproductpage.0893369002.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:H&M" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">H&M</a>

Hoodie Sweater


For a casual sportswear twist, we recommend opting for the oversized knitwear option that comes hooded.

H&M Fine-Knit Hoodie, $, available at H&M
<br><br><strong>M Lounge</strong> , $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.asos.com%2Fus%2Fm-lounge%2Fm-lounge-luxe-knitted-hoodie-with-tie-detail-in-wool-blend%2Fprd%2F13037954" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:ASOS" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">ASOS</a>


M Lounge , $, available at ASOS
<br><br><strong>Anthropologie</strong> Dessa Sweater-Knit Hoodie, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Ffave.co%2F3aijuvw" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Anthropologie" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Anthropologie</a>


Anthropologie Dessa Sweater-Knit Hoodie, $, available at Anthropologie
<br><br><strong>COS</strong> Recycled Cashmere Longline Hooded Cardigan, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Ffave.co%2F38JbIKu" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:COS" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">COS</a>


COS Recycled Cashmere Longline Hooded Cardigan, $, available at COS
<br><br><strong>Uniqlo</strong> Souffle Yarn Hooded Tunic, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.uniqlo.com%2Fus%2Fen%2Fwomen-souffle-yarn-hooded-tunic-428868.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Uniqlo" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Uniqlo</a>


Uniqlo Souffle Yarn Hooded Tunic, $, available at Uniqlo
<br><br><strong>LoveShackFancy</strong> Remington Hoodie, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Ffave.co%2F3kxVh5P" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Revolve" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Revolve</a>


LoveShackFancy Remington Hoodie, $, available at Revolve

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