I personally prefer fine knits because I find it hard to layer a chunky knit underneath a jacket or coat and still feel comfortable. I also feel more dressy and streamlined in a piece of fine knitwear that I can either dress up or down. But styles and preferences are different and I’ve dressed and seen plenty of people who look great in chunky knits.

The trick is to choose the right silhouette and pair it with the right items.

  • Choosing a cropped style that shows your waistline is a good idea because you can pop a sleek, longer layer underneath that peeks out below the knit, allowing you to retain your shape.
  • If you prefer longer length knits, keep them tailored and the length just above crotch point. If you go tunic length, stick to sweater coat guidelines.
  • Keep your bottoms long and lean with straight cut or boot cut pants or jeans, or a knee-length straight skirt and knee-high heeled boots.

Chunky knits can be flattering in an uber casual way if you add the right amount of structure to your ensemble. Add a pair of casual boots and a slimming scarf and you’ll look fab.

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