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    Size Up the Chill

    Is it cold enough for you? Just in case anyone thought winter overlooked Long Island, it has arrived in full force! The daily temperatures just looming near 25 degrees can only be battled with something warm and cozy ‘- perhaps something oversized.

    Oversized tops ‘- meaning those that are ultra-long or even ultra-wide ‘- are a fun choice, especially when it’s frigid out. It’s tempting to fight the ultimate chill by piling layer after layer of long sleeves and top it off with a heavy sweater you only wear skiing, however, one must keep appearance in mind just a little bit! For those icy days, a long sweater will keep you physically and aesthetically comfortable. My personal belief is that, because a longer-length sweater covers more of your body, there is less of a need to wear the heavy, thick fabrics (which are the ones that may be warm, yes, but the ones that also make you itch, itch, itch). Therefore, you’ll find fantastic cotton and wool blends and, of course, who would turn down a little cashmere? Layer a long sweater over a cami or tank and you’ll be good to go.

    Long lengths are not the only way to sport oversized pieces. Don’t be afraid of tops that seem wider than what you are used to. Wider simply means more material which, in turn, means a warmer person under the sweater. Although oversizing can create sloppiness, it can be chic and feminine. It all comes down to the way you wear the piece. If you’re going oversized on top, keep the bottom fitted. Skinny jeans and a slouchy boot or, when the weather lightens up a bit, a pair of flats.

    When the weather does begin to finally warm up a little bit, don’t shy away from the oversized shirts. Trade your big sweaters for some slightly oversized long sleeve tees. The basics are the same ‘- the wider fit is very comfortable and allows for some layering. You’ll find some fantastic tops with wide, round necklines, or deep v-necks ‘- these are begging for a ribbed tank and a long necklace.

    Oversizing is fun because you can try different looks and see what works for you. But be aware that when an article of clothing ‘- especially an article as crucial as your top ‘- is oversized, there will be a tendency to hide your curves and your waistline. This may be a wonderful way to distract from your less-toned parts, but since it’s hiding a little bit of your physical femininity, make sure you work it. It’s all about the way you carry yourself ‘- if you have the right attitude you can pull off a pup tent. ‘

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