A reader (Hi, Monica!) left a comment on a recent post, saying that she had bought this oversized, floral sweatshirt by Free People, but needed a little help styling it.
First of all, I can see why. The slightly nuts print is everything. It’s ‘florals for Spring’ done in a completely unfussy way, and I love it.
Anyway, Monica bought the black, so I did too, but I the blush color is also fantastic. The blush will read a little more romantic, a little less eccentric. The darker floral rocks that ‘grandma’s curtains’ vibe hard.
I’m totally digging that vibe. Here’s how I styled mine….
Flares Are The Main Thing Here
The sweatshirt is so huge, it’s almost dress-like. So I took it in a Dress-Over-Pants direction, and the best pants for that kind of job? Flares. Since it’s early Spring, I added my favorite (and insanely comfortable) Sorel 1964 wedges, and layered the whole thing over a ribbed turtleneck, cause that’s how I do.
Add parka, done.
parka: S13 Canyon Parka (size xs for reference) – on major sale!
turtleneck: 525 Ribbed Turtleneck (xs for reference)
flares: JBrand Lovestory Flares – mine are years old, but JBrand just reissued them. Also at Nordstrom, Shopbop (lighter wash), or Amazon (darker wash)…and there are a few left of this medium wash (on Amazon).
boots: Sorel 1964 Wedges – this wedges were an epically good buy. As comfy as sneaks, yet surprisingly high. I first mentioned them here, and since then, readers have also been raving about them. A few sizes/colors are on sale at 6pm, too.
sunglasses: McQ Hexagon Brow Bar Sunglasses
Cropped Jeans + Sneaks
To play up the casual, almost boyish vibe of the oversized sweatshirt, I wanted to pair it with converse hightops. So I used my long-short rule: long tops almost always look cute with cropped pants. In this case, the ripped, cropped denim reinforced the Tomboy vibe of the hightop (while showing it off nicely). This pairing even works in cold weather (I hate cold ankles).
To keep myself from drowning, visually, I pulled my hair up and added a slim black choker to draw the eye.
jeans: AG The Legging Jeans (size 24 for reference – this wash stretches)
choker: Vanessa Mooney Tibi Choker
As A Dress??!! YES.
I’m so short that I can easily wear this sweatshirt as a dress. However, if you are taller than my 5’2″ (so basically the rest of the world), then stick a pair of shorty-shorts underneath. As long as an inch or two of hem peeks out, it works. Denim cutoffs would work the best, but a little skirt would be cute, too.
Another option? Leggings.
But regardless of your leg options (bare, shorts, skirt, leggings)….to keep the vibe that sort of effortless, sexy-boho, you really need a pair of flat, over-the-knee boots with this. Mayyyybe tall boots would work.
And I like to balance it all out with an oversized scarf.
bag: mine is really old….but Sole Society has a fur bag in gray or blush. It’s round and cute and ridiculous. Perfect.