How I work the oversize look

How I work the oversize look

How I work the oversize look. What do you think of the oversize trend? Definitely for the tall and well built amongst us. Also a bit 80s with the large shoulders. According to the current autumn 2017 runway shows we will seeing much more of this silhouette for autumn. Maybe we need to get our eye accustomed to the changing “look” after so many seasons of skinny jeans and leggings.

I thought I would experiment with the new silhouette. This oversize mac is from Topshop. They offer a good range of similar styles . Teamed with my NYDJ jeans at JDWilliams and Nordstrom. Plus my Stan Smiths for a relaxed look.

How I work the oversize look

The image below is from one of my favourite french magazines. As you can see the oversize coat is already a current trend. I don’t think we have to go this far with the shoulders. However I do like the interesting detail such as epaulettes and zips.

Oversize trench coat

Topshop trench coat

Topshop trench coat

Yellow is not my best colour and I would definitely not wear it near my face. However I think that the bright yellow zip is fun. Mirrored with yellow on the cuffs they add on trend details.

Coach Madison watch

My new watch was a Christmas present from Mr.P. I absolutely love it. It is by Coach. I could not find the exact model but these are similar beige strap / black strap / pink strap /blue strap

One of my favourite brands MeandEm have added some new stock with 30% discount in their mid-season sale.

I had such fun taking these photos with fellow blogger Julie of Jafinthebox. The photos were taken in my local village in South West London. Follow her on Instagram.


  1. MaureenC
    10th March 2017 / 12:22

    I’ve still got too many photos of my younger, slimmer self in voluminous macs in the 1980s reminding me to treat this look with caution! Even more so as I’m no longer wearing 3″ heels so I can only rely on my unelevated 5’5″ for height. I shall look forward to seeing how you style this as the seasons progress Josephine.

    • 10th March 2017 / 12:31

      I think you are right Maureen this might be a challenge. I had to get a size down otherwise it would have swamped me. I think if I tried to team it with heels it would look 80s! The footwear is important it needs something very current.

  2. 10th March 2017 / 13:41

    I don’t think I am at any time going for that oversized look, but one never knows, do we? I am too short with my 160 cm fore those big cloths, and I too still have the 80’s i mind. Have a wonderfull weekend.

  3. 10th March 2017 / 14:31

    I would be totally swallowed up with this look! It never did anything for me in the past, and now in later years, would be even worse! Do love that yellow zipper though!

  4. 10th March 2017 / 15:32

    I love this look on you Josephine. I think I will give it a try!

    • 10th March 2017 / 15:42

      Thank you Judith. I know that this look is not for everyone. However as I get older I feel like being bolder.

  5. 10th March 2017 / 16:01

    I think you look fabulous. Don’t know if I could ever do the shoulder pad. I am short they make me look funny. Love the shoes.

  6. 10th March 2017 / 16:42

    I like the photos you picked up for this post Josephine. I don’t know how you do it but you always manage to make any combination look effortless! I absolutely love your watch! Have a good weekend! Julie x

  7. Penelope
    10th March 2017 / 17:12

    You look fabulous. However, I am 5’3″ and no longer have a waist, so this
    look is not for me.

  8. 10th March 2017 / 20:08

    I just love those yellow details on your trench! I can’t belt either, so I’ll probably continue to try and balance oversized pieces with narrower ones.

  9. Belinda Manley
    11th March 2017 / 15:05

    Like the detail of color but not yellow. Very few people can wear yellow. Sorry but I think you look swallowed up in the coat. This is not trend I will embrace. Been there done that with shoulder pads. NOPE , not again.

  10. Brenda
    11th March 2017 / 15:20

    Love this look on you. I need a trench and will take a look at this coat. What a nice gift the watch was! Is it Rose gold? It’s beautiful.

    • 11th March 2017 / 16:06

      Hi Brenda

      Yes the watch is Rose Gold. The trench is very generous I would recommend going down a size.

  11. Ann
    11th March 2017 / 19:04

    I may be the only woman in the world who misses big shoulder pads. I just happen to have a voluminous navy trench that I’ve been holding on to for one more chance to roll up in it and channel Linda Evans. But this time around I’ll go with straight-leg jeans underneath the trench and a little Hermes silk around the neck. No more pastel pleated and layered linens down below for me.

    • 12th March 2017 / 11:22

      Hi Ann

      No you are not alone because I have very narrow slightly sloping shoulders and I sometimes slip a couple of soft shoulder pads under my bra straps. This gives my knitwear more shape and balances my wider hips.
      There was an interesting feature on statement shoulders in The Times fashion section yesterday with references to the days of Dallas and Dynasty. I am definitely not going to go that far.

  12. 11th March 2017 / 23:59

    I must say that you really pull this look off very well, Josephine. I remember the “oversized” look from the 80s, too, but women who were not stick thin usually offset the volume on top by wearing leggings and heels or boots. It was an easy look and hid a multitude of sins underneath.

    At 5’1″ tall and 96/97 lbs., I would probably be lost in the volume, but I could go for a bit of shoulder padding again. That was a really flattering look on most of us.

    Cheers, M-T

    • 12th March 2017 / 11:25

      I agree M-T soft shoulder pads can balance “pear shape” figures. I am wearing a pair of very soft ones under my sweater today. They help give a more structured shape for my narrow slopping shoulders.

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