Sizing up.

October 29, 2012

Filed Under: Style

I was recently in Baltimore for work and had a spare moment to stop in a couple of stores. I found a dress that I liked at Anthropologie, but it was too big so I left empty handed. Next, I stopped in at J.Crew and tried on a shirt that was too big, so I bought it and left happy! Yes, you heard me right. I bought a shirt that was too big.

The top I’m wearing in this look is actually a size large and I normally wear a size extra small. I found it on the sale rack and it was the only size left. I loved the color and, of course, the stripes, so I decided to try it on anyway. Once I had it on, I felt the oversized fit really added something to the shirt. I thought it would be perfect for a casual day, which is exactly what this day was!

Don’t be afraid of trying things on in different sizes. I’ve done this before with other non-structured items before such as blouses, sweatshirts, and tee shirts. If you see something you love on the sale rack but it’s not your size, give it a try anyway. You might be surprised!

Awhile back, my parents bought me these earrings made out of old typewriter keys.  They picked out my initials, KH. I absolutely love them, but feel they are a little too bulky for my ears. I’ve been thinking of other ways to incorporate them into my outfits, and today I use them to cover a couple of the buttons on my cardigan. I simply stuck the earring post through a hole in the button, and used the earring back to secure.

Outfit Breakdown:
Cardigan: Gap (Save. Spend. Splurge.)
Top: J.Crew (Save. Spend. Splurge.)
Jeans: Gap (Save. Spend. Splurge.)
Necklace: Anthropologie (Similar.)
Shoes: c/o Minnetonka Moccasin (Same.)

Hair:
Curled away from my face with a 1.25″ curling iron.

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22 Responses to “Sizing up.”

  1. Julie Broome says:

    Thank you SO much for posting this! I am always buying different sizes for my shirts and sometimes sweaters. There’s nothing better sometimes in this cold Michigan weather than cozying up in a long, chunky knit sweater and some leggings. :)

  2. Naomi A says:

    This is such a cute casual look! And I love that you used the earrings for buttons, so genius!

    http://theoccasionalindulgence.blogspot.com

  3. you look adorable, kayley! this is such a great casual look!!

  4. Rebecca says:

    Wow. You are so beautiful. and I love your outfit! :)
    oh, and mostly because of the inspiration you’ve given me, I recently started a blog. :)

  5. Love this advice. I am never afraid to try on a size that might not be my size, because sometimes that is when you find the best pieces! I love the color on you.
    Carlee
    Almost Endearing

  6. Emily says:

    What a great way to reuse earrings. :)

  7. Lyddiegal says:

    glad the top ended up working out because it’s so cute! and i really love your necklace. so gorgeous.
    Chic on the Cheap

  8. Star White says:

    So cute and cozy! I probably look crazy when I shop b/c I go to every section, even the little kids. Sometimes those are the best finds (and fits)!

    Blessings!

    http://www.beautyandbows.com

  9. kw says:

    i adore this outfit so much! so casual yet so well put together.
    kw, http://www.ladiesinnavy.com

  10. I’ve trained myself to try things on, no matter the size, especially when shopping in consignment or thrift stores. You never know when you’ll find a gem in an unexpected size! I love your shoes!

    http://2ndhandknowledge.wordpress.com

  11. I’ve trained myself to try things on, no matter the size, especially when shopping in consignment or thrift stores. You never know when you’ll find a gem in an unexpected size! I love your shoes!

  12. Sarah says:

    Sizing up is like doing the “boyfriend” thing but without having to wear men’s clothes! Because let’s face it…our clothes are way cuter.

    Sarah’s Real Life

  13. Kat says:

    I do this all the time – but most often while thrifting! You have to ignore the size tags then and just try it all on!

    Love the elbow patches…have been wanting some of those for a while now!

  14. Z says:

    I am in LOVE with that cardigan! such a cute, comfy outfit overall anyway. Casual/fun outfits are the best!

  15. ashleigh says:

    I love the casualness of this entire outfit, but those earrings as button toppers (yes-let’s call them button toppers) are adorable.
    I actually will buy things too big on sale too and just have them taken in/rework it into something that fits etcetera. I often will buy vintage sweaters a size smaller because they are stretched from being pre-owned and find that they fit perfectly. I thought your cardi was Banana Republic though as I have a similar one in olive green.
    Love this post. You should do casual more often Kaylee!

  16. I sometimes like to size up too. I think some people get stuck on the number/letter and don’t want to go up a size but as long as it looks good, I say go for it :)

    http://www.daisyraeboutique.com
    http://www.kacieskloset.blogspot.com

  17. Love this comfy outfit and how you made the sweater a little touch of specialness today.

    Alice
    http://www.happinessatmidlife.com

  18. Ciiku says:

    Seriously Kayley, I love reading your blog! I like the new way you are doing things [although I liked the old way also! :-)]
    Greetings from Nairobi!

  19. Tara says:

    I love your striped top, so adorable! And the necklace is absolutely awesome!

  20. Anja says:

    You are so right on this! Sizing up (but also down) is a great tip for all stores. I have used it for years. Being a bit taller than the usual girl, I have always tried to work around size issues. Maybe a top that was meant loose sits perfectly fine a bit tighter as well or a shirt looks much better a size bigger. I especially use that philosophy for thrift stores as sizing has changed so much over the last years.

    Great look and great tip!!

    Anja
    A Heart and Soul Story Blog

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  22. Mara says:

    I love your page and style but I just want to say that I feel like sizing up only really works if you are super skinny like you are lucky to be. I absolutely love your style though.

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