How To, Style

in defense of: the slouch

November 7, 2017 • By

 

Free People sweater (similar) | One Teaspoon shorts | ASOS boots (similar) | Vintage bag (similar)

This is a classic Madison look. Like 100%. Oversized slouchy sweater, too-short shorts, platform boots, vintage bag. Me to a tee. You know, sometimes I don’t always feel the most stylishly creative or fashion-forward, but there’s no denying how good it feels to just feel like yourself. And I definitely felt like myself in this. Well, myself plus 4+ inches of height.

There’s something about slouched styles that gives you that instant cool-girl vibe. Effortless, undone. I’ve got a feeling that the slouch is making a comeback in full force. Slouchy boots, slouchy hats and beanies, slouchy sweaters. Nothing is off limits.

To pull off the slouchy sweater – remember a few things.

Oversized is the goal. Not “too big.”

A minute distinction but a distinction nonetheless. You don’t want to look like you’re falling out of your clothes, just that they’re oversized enough to be a bit off-kilter. Admittedly, the above sweater probably teeters on too big, but when you find a Free People sweater second hand for only a couple bucks, you roll with the punches.

Show a little skin.

I like to balance the frumpy-ness of the slouch with the sexiness of skin. That’s only fair, right? Sweaters and bare legs are akin to peanut butter and jelly. Made for each other.

Keep it simple.

This might just be a personal standard because I am no master when it comes to skillfully accessorizing, but since the slouch already takes a bit of finessing, I like to keep the rest of the look pretty pared down. If I am messing with a tucked sweater, fussy bag, too many necklaces, idk I get concerned that the outfit doesn’t look right if anything shifts. I know, I know, sounds like a personal problem. It is.