Simple Ways To Wear Oversized Clothes

While thrifting I know I can get carried away with how gorgeous the item is and the small price tag that I end up bring home items that are either a bit big or huge. I’ve found there are several ways to combat this with or without sewing at all. Though these are mostly for oversize blouses/T-shirts/etc.


  • Use the garment as a layering device. Does it have a gorgeously studded collar that would look lovely over the top of a sweater or really nice cuffs?
  • Cut off the collar/cuffs and use them individually over the top of sweaters or t-shirts! This has been a huge trend lately but it seems to be slowing down. Plus you can customise them anyway you want.
  • If it’s a material that doesn’t like to move (such as silk that loves to ride up if it’s too big) wear it with a high waist-ed skirt or shorts to slim it down at the waist/hips. 
  • The bottom section of the outfit should be more slim fitted (unless going for something more Bohemian) otherwise it might make you look a lot larger than your size.
  • Cut it into a billowy crop top which are surprisingly popular lately. This really depends on the garment but can look really nice if done well.
  • Rolling up the cuffs can be a really simple way to make a coat fit slimmer (try it honestly!) but it would only work with garments that are one of two sizes than yourself. 
  • Turn jeans into cut-offs with a belt if they’re too long or generally too large.
  • Cut off the arms altogether! It could make a great layering device.


  1. February 4, 2013 / 11:22 am

    I also find a big corsetty styled belt helps to pull things in. I too get most of my stuff from second hand shops and have to work with what I can get.

  2. February 4, 2013 / 4:56 pm

    I second Laura up there! you can make a really huge tshirt into a dress that way. Great post. there's one thing that thrift stores are in endless supply of: oversized shirts

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