Get knit-picky: Only go for the right sweaters to flatter your figure.
We’re sure you can relate to that cosy feeling when you put on a soft and thick woollen knit while in the cold. But before you stockpile on the chunky pieces, know this: Not all sweaters are created equal, and they are certainly not one-size-fits-all. A tight sweater, for example, might fit an oblong figure to a T, but they’ll showcase the unwanted layers of someone who’s more full-figured.
We’re here to help. Here’s a low-down on how to nab that perfect sweater for your body type. So you can look fabulous and keep warm at the same time.
What is it: Broader shoulders than hips and waist.
Avoid: Anything that’s oversized, off-shoulder or tight-fitted as they’ll highlight the broadness of your shoulders.
Go for: V-neck sweaters as the apex will create a downward visual and draw attention away from your shoulders, highlighting your waist and hips instead. Also, sweaters with details that start below the bust line will work as they’ll also help cast the spotlight on your waist and hips.
A navy wool sweater is a reliable staple for your travel outfits. This pullover can be worn many ways — dress it up with flare pants and a pair of heeled booties, or down with white denim jeans and a pair of leather loafers.
The wider the V, the deeper the illusion it creates. But make sure it’s not so wide that it slips off your shoulders! Pair this feminine dusky pink piece with a wool skirt and a duster coat for a chic look.
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What is it: Shoulders, waist and hips are around the same size.
Avoid: Boxy sweaters. You wouldn’t want to look more oblong than you already are.
Go for: Off-shoulder and oversized sweaters as they add more “layers” to your body, creating the illusion of a curvier figure (not to mention they flaunt your collarbone too). Otherwise, tight-fitted turtleneck sweaters are perfect as they highlight your slim figure and add emphasis to your décolletage.
A great way to inject colour into your winter ensemble without looking too cray is to play with shades. A bright yellow sweater may be intimidating, so go for one that’s fashioned in mustard.
A classic black turtleneck sweater can be paired with anything. But to prevent looking like Steve Jobs, make the look more interesting by wearing it with a bright coloured skirt.
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What is it: Shoulders and waist are narrower than hips.
Avoid: Anything that’s bottom heavy. Avoid sweaters that sport embellishment details or textures at the hemlines.
Go for: Sweaters that emphasise your upper body or shoulder region to balance out your proportion. Think sweaters with large necklines, such as cowl, scoop or boat necks. Ponchos are great too as they’re usually short sleeved, adding details to your shoulders and moving the gaze away from your derriere.
Another piece that highlights your chest area, we like it because of the feminine ruffle detail and cheery hue. Pair this with straight-cut trousers for this baby to stand out.
Go for a boho style with this poncho. The fringe detail on its hem will add an interesting touch to a neutral-toned ensemble.
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What is it: Shoulders and hips are narrower than the waist.
Avoid: Anything that’s cinched or tight at the waist. Shun anything with horizontal prints as well, because they will make you look wider than your actual size.
Go for: Sweaters that have vertical prints — they will elongate your figure and help you appear slimmer. Also, look for those that draw attention towards your shoulders (and away from your waist). Think of cowl and turtleneck sweaters — the more interesting at the top, the better.
Elongate your figure by going for this long line wool knit dress. This piece has a boxy cut and will hide your waist without compromising on style. Pair it with some knee-high boots for oomph.
A simple mustard pullover can look preppy too. Wear it with a pleated skirt and a pair of Superga sneakers to achieve the desired effect.
What is it: Shoulders and hips are well balanced, while waist is of a relatively small shape.
Avoid: Oversized sweaters as you’ll drown the figure that you’re blessed with!
Go for: Sweaters that are narrower at the waist line as they will emphasise your curves. Otherwise, those that are cinched at the waist with a belt will be perfect.
Grab a sweater that has a longer hem — you can work it as a sweater dress by pairing it with knee-high leather boots.
A pullover with girly peplum detail on its hem is great for flaunting your tiny waist — the bouffant effect will make you look curvier than ever.