9 Expert Tips on Styling Cozy Fall Outfits to Flatter Your Figure

Autumn has arrived, and with it, all those cozy fall outfits that everyone loves to wear. But all those warm, comfy layers can add bulk and skim over the narrower parts of your body, making you appear heavier.

In this lookbook, Giedre gives nine tips for cozy fall fashion that will help you avoid the extra bulk, and instead accentuate and compliment your shape.

Drawing attention to the waist

1. Full lengths

A loose, longline sweater is cozy, but it skims past the waistline, making you appear larger than you actually are. Giedre switched out the longline sweater for a sweater that ends at the hips, and which she half-tucked into the front of her trousers.

She also added a belt and scrunched up the sleeves to draw attention to the narrowest part of the body. 

How to wear horizontal color blocks

2. Horizontal color blocks

Here, Giedre added vertical lines to her outfit by opening her sweater and tying it behind her back. She also scrunched up the sleeves so they are at the same level as her waistband.

Both these tricks give the illusion of appearing slimmer. To add some style and cohesiveness to the outfit, she switched out her black flats for camel-colored stiletto booties and a camel-colored tote. 

Wearing dresses with lower necklines

3. High-neck boxy dress

Giedre recommends choosing dresses with lower necklines and a cinched waist instead of a high-neck shift dress, which can make the wearer look boxy and shapeless. She also added slouchy boots for a bit of flair.

Switching a heavy coat for a trench coat

4. Cocoon coat

Switch out your heavy, boxy cocoon coat for a less bulky, full-length trenchcoat with a vest or sweater added underneath. To complete this look, Giedre added slouchy boots and a red leather purse for a pop of color. 

How to dress with proportions

5. Wrong proportions

Something as simple as the wrong proportions of your outfit can easily make you appear heavier than you actually are. Here, Giedre switched out the long, light-colored sweater vest for a shorter one in a darker, contrasting color.

She also switched her wide-cut pants for a more tapered pair, which make her appear both taller and thinner. 

How to wear a blazer in fall

6. Straight cut short blazer

For this look, Giedre switched her straight-cut short blazer for a blazer that hits her below the hips. She rolled up the sleeves to be level with the waistline of her pants and used a hair elastic to hold the sleeves in place.

She also added a necklace to draw attention upwards and break up the solid color of her shirt. 

Playing with texture when styling

7. Textured sweaters

Textured sweaters can add a lot of unwanted bulk to your look. Giedre recommends a cardigan, which creates vertical lines and helps you appear taller and thinner. In addition to the cardigan, she used a belt and a necklace to style the outfit and draw the eye upwards.

Monochrome vs color

8. Plain outfit

While a monochromatic outfit can create the illusion of length, you can see how Giedre’s additions to the outfit really make her look pop. The burgundy layer adds vertical lines and breaks the outfit into proportions that complement her figure.

She also included a hat and purse that match the color palette and style of the outfit.

How to style cozy fall outfits

9. Full skirt

For this look, Giedre switched a midi-length full skirt and a plain white t-shirt for a long button-up dress. She added a black belt with gold hardware to accentuate her waist and create cohesiveness in the outfit, by matching the belt to her black, patent leather shoes. 

How to style cozy fall outfits tutorial

What do you think of these comfy, casual fall outfits? Which of Giedre’s tips will you try? Let us know which ones work for you! 

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  • Patricia Patricia on Nov 04, 2021

    All of them! When boyfriend jackets were in style, all my suits were jackets and straight leg pants in the same color with pretty blouses or jewelry