Sure you can open presents in your pj’s or robe, but if you’re a guest or have guests in attendance, you’ll want to opt for something a bit more sophisticated. (I wasn’t thinking of sweats, either!) Enter the oversize comfy sweater, offering a great alternative to a flannel nightgown. Remember, with the oversize look you need to wear closer-fitted pants to keep your clothing from overwhelming you. Since the oversize sweater falls below your rear, coverage will be ensured.

This inspiration comes from Shade, a newline line that focuses on a softer silhouette. If you can wear and are comfortable (breathing) in skinny jeans, then go for it. If you are looking for something with a bit more stretch, but still looks good, opt for jeggings or leggings. Under the sweater wear a simple knit t-shirt or a turtleneck.

For full length coverage, the longer fringe sweater is a great choice. If fringe isn’t your style and you want a romantic feel, opt for the ruffle cardigan. Both of these sweaters can take attention away from the stomach area if you wear a dark top with dark pants.

If you have a somewhat larger upper body, big sweaters are often difficult to wear. The diamond shape sweater can work well because the pattern is more vertical than horizontal. Instead of the soft lines of the ruffle cardigan and the fringe cardigan, the bottom of this sweater creates a strong horizontal line. Many larger chest women have slimmer hips and can handle this.

If you’re staying home for the day, slipper socks are a great finish to this look. If you’re headed out to gather with family or friends, remain casual with a low-heel boot.

May you always look great!

Pat Roland, Certified Total Image Consultant