The Mood


While we’ve always learned to dress for our body shape, some styling tricks take on a guidebook of their own. Outsized wear can range from anything – be it an extended sleeve, an oversized cut or an XXL approach to ready-to-wear – and quickly adapts to traffic-stopping dimensions. Prepare to abandon your figure-skimming favourites as the big, bigger, biggest approach takes on monumental measures.

by Martine Verhoeven

Seen on the runway

An assortment of lengths, textures, shapes and colours roamed the catwalk of autumn/winter ’17, but the immense grandeur of substantial silhouettes truly spearheaded the collections. This season, Christian Wijnants opted for a relaxed check coat, paired with an attire of clashing prints that ensured the boldness of the cut blended right into the eccentric mix. Contrary to the muted outsize, Ann Demeulemeester chose floor-pooling shapes that stunned the crowds. A nude-peach silk blouse graced the runway, adding to the fluidity that was omnipresent in the Belgian label’s presentation. At Mulberry, the classic check donned oversized puffer-styles that easily enveloped the body. A tonal twist was seen at Stella McCartney, who showed a warm camel silhouette that involved a striking floor-sweeping bodysuit, complete with a coordinated blazer. To top it all off, Y/Project presented a larger-than-life approach to wide-legged trousers paired with a grey-blue turtleneck, gracing us with the ideal look to start living life at large.
From left: Ann Demeulemeester, Mulberry, Christian Wijnants, Y/Project, Stella McCartney

Translated to the street

As ‘go big or go home’ seemed to be the only way to go, street style silhouettes gave the outsized styling trick a meaning of their own. Unabashed styling showed that XXL could be applied to any aspect of your styling – including weather-ready raincoats and orange-rimmed cape-style coats that would leave you in absolute awe. Checked patterns seemed to be proficient in taking a muted approach to bulky wear, as full-printed silhouettes safeguarded a sophisticated attire. For a workwear option, look for a well-cut blazer that combines an understated front with a full-on party in the sleeves.


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