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Learn how to wear an oversized turtleneck sweater and look fabulous not frumpy! I’m sharing simple styling tips to make wearing an oversized sweater a breeze.

In addition, you’ll find 13 different turtleneck sweater looks to kickstart your outfit styling. You’ll never wonder how to style an oversized sweater again.

For more oversized styling tips, check out my shapeless dress post.

Brunette woman in green and white outfit standing in front of two white doors.

Fitted and oversized trends come and go, but I feel the oversized sweater has become a classic wardrobe piece. Regardless of this change, staying true to your personal style is most important.

Plus, you can always mix old classics with new trends for a timeless yet modern look. Whether pencil skirts are in one season, and flowy maxi skirts the next, there’s an oversized turtleneck style that will work with both.

While a baggy sweater is super comfy, knowing how to style it can be challenging. Are you supposed to let it hang or tuck it in? Which kind of pants style should you wear it with? Can it be worn with a dress?

If these questions sound familiar, or you just need a bit of style inspo, then you’ve come to the right place! I’m sharing everything you need to know about styling the oversized turtleneck sweater.

Style shouldn’t be complicated. I love taking a single item like a satin blazer, slip dress, or faux fur vest, and finding multiple ways to wear it.

Keep scrolling for all my styling tips! Use the drop down Table of Contents menu to navigate this post.

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What is an Oversized Turtleneck Sweater?

The name pretty much says it all. It’s a knit turtleneck sweater that’s meant to be loose and baggy. This oversized shape makes it perfect for fall and winter wardrobes where layering is a must. It can also vary in style and fabric, from cropped to sleeveless, or wool to synthetic.

What to do With an Oversized Turtleneck Sweater?

  • A front tuck – Tuck one end of your sweater into the center of your waistline.
  • A belt tuck – Wear a waist belt over a dress, pop on your sweater, and tuck it into the belt. Et voila! A front tuck on a dress.
  • A side tuck – Switch things up and put your tuck on the side for an asymmetrical look.
  • Let it hang – Pair a loose baggy sweater with fitted bottoms like leggings or skinny jeans to create balance.
  • Add a waist belt – Wearing your belt over the sweater gives it shape.
  • Wear it with layers – Take advantage of the roominess layering thermals, tanks, or camisoles underneath for extra warmth.

How to Wear an Oversized Turtleneck Sweater

Get inspired with these 13 oversized sweater looks.

1. Pair it With Scarf Pants

If you love an outfit that’s as comfy as pajamas, but chic enough for a dinner date, then a style like this is your jam! Scarf pants paired with an oversized sweater is the epitome of style plus comfort.

Brunette woman in black sweater and silky pants walking through entryway with two pictures on the wall.

Lulus Satin Scarf Pants | Black Turtleneck Sweater | Nine West Heels (sold out, similar )

2. Try a Turtleneck Sweater Dress

Yup, the oversized turtleneck also comes in dress versions. These are the easiest one and done fall outfits! If weather is extra chilly throw on some leggings and knee high boots and you’ll be comfy and toasty!

Brunette woman in green outfit holding a bag standing in front of two white doors.

SaksOff5th Dress | Velvet Pom Pom Flats | Frances Valentine Handbag

3. Style it With a Slip Dress

A silky slip dress looks like a maxi skirt when paired with a loose turtleneck sweater. To get the front tuck, wear a waist belt and tuck your sweater into it.

Brunette woman in light sweater and skirt holding black back and is in front of a stairway.

Light Grey Sweater (similar) | Target Slip Dress (similar) | 27 EDIT Knee High Boots

4. Go Casual With a Rain Jacket and Boots

Paired with rain boots and jacket, an oversized turtleneck sweater is a classic yet practical look for chilly fall weather. I love that the rain jacket is slightly cinched in at the waist.

Brunette woman in jacket and rain boots, holding a coffee while walking down neighborhood sidewalk.

White Turtleneck Sweater (old) similar

5. Wear it With Skinny Jeans

I love wearing this pom pom sweater is with skinny jeans and a front tuck. Slide on a pair of flats like loafers or mules, and this look will quickly become you’re go-to fall outfit!

Brunette woman in jacket and jeans, standing in front of white fence and large trees.

Loft Striped Sweater (old, similar) | Birdies Velvet Flats (sold out, similar) | Loft Jeans | Rain Jacket

6. Pair it With a Maxi Dress

Get the most wear from your summer wardrobe with this look. Pair a strapless maxi dress with a cropped sleeveless turtleneck and suede boots. Transitional clothing at its best!

Brunette woman in sweater and skirt standing in front of two white doors.

H&M Sweater (sold out, similar) | Blondo Boots

7. Let it Hang Loose With Skinny Jeans

Crisp white jeans balance out an oversized turtleneck sweater. Just because a sweater is baggy doesn’t mean it has to be tucked in.

Brunette woman in green and white outfit standing in front of two doors, with hand on the knob.

Green Turtleneck Sweater | JCrew White Jeans | Velvet Pom Pom Flats

8. Try a Knit Skirt

You can also pair an oversized sweater with a knit fitted skirt. You can make this a casual look with leather sneakers or dress it up with heels or boots.

Brunette woman in green knit skirt outfit standing in front of two white doors.

H&M Knit Skirt | Oversized Green Turtleneck

9. Pair it With a Mini Skirt

Wear an oversized turtleneck with a miniskirt. Give it a front tuck so the skirt isn’t hidden under the sweater. Keep legs warm with tights and over the knee boots.

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Boden Green Skirt | Boden Navy Striped Sweater | Jeffrey Campbell Boots

10. Pair it With Flair Bottoms

Skinny jeans aren’t the only option. An oversized turtleneck works great with a pair of fitted flair jeans. Give it the front tuck or opt for a cropped version to give this look balance.

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Green Sweater | Birdies Embroidered Shoes | Express Pink Flaired Pants

11. Style it With a Maxi Skirt

Create carefree bohemian vibes with a maxi skirt paired with an oversized sweater. If you’re not into the baggy look, give your sweater a front tuck, opt for a cropped version, or layer a waist belt over your sweater.

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Jeffrey Campbell Boots | Floral Skirt | H&M Sweater

12. Layer it With a Button Up Shirt

The classic button up gets a touch of glam with faux leather pants and boots. Make sure the shirt sleeves and hemline of the button up are longer than the sweater so they stick out.

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Blue H&M Sweater | Banana Republic Striped Shirt | Faux Leather Spanx |

27 EDIT Boots | Kurt Geiger Velvet Slides

13. Wear it With Leggings and Sneakers

Wear an oversized sweater with leggings and sneakers as a comfy athleisure wear outfit.

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Reiss Cashmere Sweater | Zella Pink Leggings | New Balance Sneakers

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you fold a turtleneck sweater?

Smooth out the turtleneck so it’s not folded over. Then fold it onto your sweater so it’s no longer sticking out. Fold your sleeves and bottom hemline as usual.

Are turtleneck sweaters in style for 2022?

Absolutely! Oversized turtleneck sweaters are a classic for fall and winter wardrobes.

What do you wear under an oversized sweater?

Start with a good bra. If you’re looking for warmth, an oversized sweater is perfect for layering thermals, camisoles, tank tops, long and short sleeve shirts, and even a thin turtleneck. Fitted layers also help to keep body heat in.


More oversized sweaters I’m loving!

Woman in orange sweater and dark jeans cropped under eyes and thighs.

Calvin Klein – Orange Knit Turtleneck

Woman cropped under eyes and at the waist in a yellow sweater.

Sezane – Yellow Knit

Cream turtleneck sweater on white background.

Banana Republic – Cream Oversized Sweater

Woman in grey sweater and blue pants cropped under eyes and at the waist.

Sezane – Soft Grey Turtleneck Sweater

How would you style an oversized turtleneck sweater? Comment below!

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