outfit of the day: that damn too-big-for-me sweater

This sweater was my first piece of real cashmere, and it’s so soft. Seriously, if you splurge on anything this winter, make it cashmere, especially if you live where it gets really cold. For suffering through that, you deserve something this cozy and warm.

But I didn’t realize J. Crew’s cashmere sweaters ran big, at least not this sweater, and I bought it online when it was final sale. Only to realize it was too big on me, and not in an obvious trendy oversized way. It just looks sloppy.

So I tried to make the best of it. Katy from Sugar and Chiffon belted a similar sweater in her great colorblocking how-to post from earlier in the week, and I decided I would try that. Only I’m not sure how it worked out.

Sweater, J. Crew
Cami, LOFT
Skirt, LOFT
Belt, J. Crew
Tights, Assets for Target
Boots, Talbots

Ugh, whatever. At least I’m warm today.

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  1. Yummy sweater….but sad that it’s too big. I think it looks nice belted – the only “too big” thing I notice with it belted is that the sleeves are a tad long. And, for the record, you never look sloppy.

  2. You certainly don’t look sloppy, but I know what you mean! Generally, when something is a bit too big for me, I’ll throw it on over some thick leggings and belt it, so it’s somewhere in-between a sweater and a dress, haha. It’s a great sweater, though, so I hope you find ways to wear it that make you feel more comfortable in it. Personally, I think you still look cute!


  3. i would never describe this look as sloppy…on the contrary, i think you look very put together! i also think the sweater would look fabulous unbelted with leggings and riding boots!

  4. I think the belt definitely solves your problem here. This is adorable!

  5. Love this! And thanks for the shout-out! The belt definitely helps with the size issue, and I just love the red sweater. We seem to be on similar blogging wavelengths lately, as my post for tomorrow is (somewhat) about cashmere, too!

  6. i LOVE your outfit!! that cashmere sweater looks really nice belted like that! and i’m in love w. those boots!! so cute ;) ;)
    xx ~ kristina
    p.s. and thanks so much for your sweet comments ;) ;)

  7. I think belting it worked great! Love the color of the sweater and love your boots!

  8. the color of this sweater is perfect

  9. fashionista@school says:

    love the sweater! tough problem losing weight!!!! gosh you look good…I agree with the posts that suggest leggings, belt and boots!
    or maybe give the sweater to your mother?

  10. I think it looks slouchy belted, which is perfect. Tight and belted can look off when the sweater is longer. I really like belts at the waist on you! More please. And I agree that this would look fabulous with skinny jeans or leggings as well.

  11. so cute :) love your boots!
    Xox <3 An
    Enter my giveaway for a pair of Buffalo Skinny Jeans :)

  12. Hey girl! I know what you mean about J. Crew’s sizes running large. I don’t think your sweater is too big tho :) It would look great with jeans and you can layer a longsleeve tee or button up underneath (oooo gingham or chambray) and it would look fabulous! You could also roll up the sleeves neatly (like multiple folds) to make the arms look less baggy. You picked a gorgeous color. I have the same sweater from a few years back in a coral/orange and I adore it to bits. Have fun styling it :) And thanks so much for stopping by my blog <3

  13. looooove that red sweater, perfection!

    • Oh gosh, thanks! I swear I wasn’t fishing for compliments when I posted this. I just felt really bleh about my outfit that day, but it’s awfully nice to hear I’m my worst critic in that instance!

  14. Like how you’ve paired that red with the browns….. :)

    Thanks for dropping by my blog! :))

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