How to Wear Sweaters Based on Your Body Type
The definitive guide to flattering styles
While it’s tempting to drape yourself in a massive blanket from now until March, it’s not exactly the most flattering look. In other words, not all sweaters are created equal for all bodies. So before you stockpile chunky knits for winter, peruse our guide below to find the style that’s best suited for your shape.
If You're Tall: Try a Slouchy Turtleneck
You got length, girl. Play up your stature and let a loose funnel-neck style drape effortlessly.
If You're Petite: Try a Shrunken Cableknit
OK, you need something a little more compact. Opt for a style that hits at the top of your hips and has a bit of weight. It'll make a bigger punch on a smaller frame.
If You're Apple-Shaped: Try a Belted Cardigan
Dressing a fuller midsection can go one of two ways: You can try to define your waist or you can skim right past it. A belted cardigan flatters because it can go either way. You can cinch it up (adding curves) or keep it open (creating a slimming vertical line). Layer it with an equally loose blouse underneath for balance.
If You're Pear-Shaped: Try a Cropped Turtleneck
Don't let your smallest section be swallowed up by an oversized sweater. Instead, opt for a shrunken turtleneck (to lengthen) and pair it with those high-waisted midi skirts you know and love.
If You Have Broad Shoulders: Try a Boxy Sweater
Snug silhouettes (like a tight, ribbed turtleneck) draw extra attention up top. Instead, use your shoulders for good--to let a structured style hang effortlessly.
If You Have a Large Chest: Try a Scoop Neck
Wider, open necklines show a little skin without going into complete cleavage overload. And a thin, fitted style will also nip in your waist right where you want it.
If You Have a Small Chest: Try a Deep V-Neck
How give give the illusion of a more prominent bust? Elongate your neck with a sharp V shape.