Sassy Girl Syaz shows us how to work an oversized top
I don’t know about you girls, but with the escalating temperatures here on our island and the region, I can’t bear to wear anything that’s not stretchy, lightweight or made of cotton or lycra anymore in fear of having drenched armpits moments after stepping onto the pavement. Plus with a side of laziness and no determination to iron anything during the morning rush, I’m now left with only a small selection of clothes that fit the mould of comfortable, anti-iron and anti-sweat inducing… The struggle is real. I present you the answer to our problems (or mine, at least!): the oversized jersey blouse.
Granted, it easily takes just a few fashion mistakes to bring out the true unkempt nature of an oversized top, but it also takes just a few styling notes to take it from drab to fab (yes, I went there). The formula is pretty much broken down like this: once you go oversized, you either go all the way and crop it just a smidge, or keep it well-balanced with a fitted bottom. My wardrobe is now built on a foundation of these tops, so I’ve pulled together four of my favourites to give you the looks below.
I literally grabbed and went when I rushed out the door for meetings on this particular morning. Cuffed/ribbed sleeves are key to showing off the arms a little, and to compensate the lack of shape in the batwing silhouette.
F21 maroon batwing top, slim black Cotton On maxi skirt, Ecco Intrinsic shoes.
I went with a resort-inspired look for this one, and I was totally feeling these cropped GU jeans. If you’re going oversized all the way with both a loose-fitting top and bottoms, you can opt to give yourself a bit of height with heels, or let your skin peek through under a pair of lace-up sandals to avoid looking stumpy.
Blue oversized top from a cart shop in Tampines Interchange, GU cropped wide-legged white jeans and Zalora nude wedges.
Tucked under a belt and a lace cardigan, this black top was yet another one of those actually-quite-creased-lah-but-no-need-iron-one type blouses that I could get away with. A belt is always a good idea to give shape to a straight figure, and black pointed-toe pumps for that strong, powerful, independent-woman type look, duh.
Black top also from a cart shop in Tampines Interchange, pleated green skirt from Bandung (Indonesia), custom-made lace cardigan, Kardashian Kollection pumps.
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Layering something fitted over a loose-fitting top can be tricky, but get a blouse with skinny sleeves and your problem is solved. The blazer lends a more polished look to an otherwise casual ensemble, while black skinnies slim down the whole look for a laid-back take on power dressing.
Grey top and tweed blazer from H&M, suede Mango bag and Kardashian Kollection pumps.