Learn the Fashion Do’s and Don’ts of Wearing Spring’s Oversized Dresses
This spring, casual-comfort dressing is "in vogue," and bigger is better! This season’s chunky, strappy sandals and oversized dresses will elongate your frame and make you look casually chic, yet super sexy like stylish actress, Liv Tyler. Learn the fashion do's and don'ts of oversized dressing, and slip into the perfect oversized dress today!
Fashion Do’s and Don’ts: Oversized Dressing
Oversized Dress Sizing - Do’s and Don’ts
Do wear a true oversized dress that is your normal size.
Don’t purchase a regular dress in a size that is too large to try to create an oversized look. A good oversized dress will still fit normally at the shoulders and skim the front of the chest before ballooning out. The shoulder of a sleeved dress should fall no more than 1 ½ - 2” below the cap.
Oversized Dress Proportion - Do’s and Don’ts
Do choose a dress that falls at approximately mid-thigh. Liv Tyler's Stella McCartney dress falls at just the right length.
Don’t wear a dress that falls below the top of the knee or a dress that is shorter than mid-thigh. A dress that falls below the knee runs the risk of truly looking too large and sloppy, while a dress that is too short will appear to be no more than a large sweater that you are trying (and failing) to turn into a dress.
Oversized Dress Embellishment - Do’s and Don’ts
Do look for pleating, tucking, paillets, and other embellishments on your dress. Structural embellishments such as pleating and tucking or a few sparkles keep your look chic and fabulous.
Don’t choose an oversized dress with patterns or prints other than maybe a few large stripes. If you’re worried about an oversize dress making you look too large, try a wide striped dress with a black band running across your middle, which will instantly slim your look and still allow you to wear a trendy dress.
Oversized Dresses & Shoes - Do’s and Don’ts
Do follow Liv Tyler's lead and choose a heeled sandal with wide bands and straps.
Don’t choose a shoe with a flat heel or a closed-toe. In an oversized dress, you want to give a long and lean appearance; a heeled sandal with wide straps will balance out the dress while still being fashion-forward and chic. A flat shoe or a closed-toe on the other hand, will shorten the look of the leg and make you appear shorter and wider than you actually are.
Oversized Dresses & Jewelry - Do’s and Don’ts
Do throw on a few pieces of slim and elegant jewelry to finish your look. Keep your look clean and simple with silver or gold jewelry in slim links.
Don’t wear oversized or colorful jewelry; it can overwhelm your entire look and draw attention away from the main attraction, which should be your dress.
How to Rock Oversized Dresses like Liv Tyler
Liv Tyler shows us the perfect way to pull off an oversized dress; it is perfectly proportioned in all the right places. She also shows us the art of monochromatic dressing. A singular color from head to toe is the perfect way to slim the body, no matter what color it is. To balance out an oversized dress and still look as if there is a slim figure beneath, monochromatic is the way to go. Liv Tyler is wearing the oversized Stella McCartney Paillette Embellished Dress with a pair of matching heels. For a similar shoe, try these matching wide strapped heels by Marni. To get Liv Tyler’s look without splurging designer bucks, try the Max Studio V-Neck Sweater with a pair of Sporty Strap Sandals by Unique. The Sleeveless Ruched Dress from Wet Seal paired with the Michael Michael Kors “Berkley” Sandal is also a fashionable choice. Take a look at some of the other dresses and matching sandals we’ve found, and find a style that works for you!
If you love Liv Tyler's style, chances are you love her movies too! Don't miss Liv in two upcoming blockbusters: The Incredible Hulk (in theaters June 13th) and The Strangers (in theaters May 30th)!