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Friday 31 January 2020

How To Style A Chunky Jumper #4

Perhaps the most challenging aspect of the chunky jumper is what to wear over it.  Because if you're wearing a jumper of this proportion then it's pretty likely to be darned cold outside and the jumper alone isn't going to cut the mustard.


Outerwear is a problem for chunky knits.  The outer layer has to be very thin and roomy to cope with the chunkiness inside.  
1. Because one doesn’t want to double up on the bulk and 
2. The jumper is very warm so the outerwear has by be lightweight to prevent boiling up! 
And there’s a 3. Double thick arm covering means arm movement is akin to that of Hulk or a TV Gladiator.

So this would be the ideal overcoat, colour wise.  But it’s fitted.  I’ve tried it and I look like Pink Puffball Gladiator!

An oversized quilted coat provides warmth outdoors but as it is loose fitting and the fabric is relatively thin, it allows for movement even though my chunky is hidden in there somewhere!

I can just about get away with a thin puffa, but this makes for double-puff and is so much not a good look that it’s best kept off your screens. 

So the chunky comes with a warning, these jumpers add a lot of bulk, obvs,  and that may not be your bag, your jam, your thang.

And there you have my tips on styling the chunky jumper, in bite-sized posts. 
In summary:
How to wear a chunky jumper?
Well, it's all about balance, proportion. 
A chunky top needs a slim line bottom. 
Jeans need to be skinny. 
Skirts must be slimline.
Skirts need to be shorter or longer length - avoid in between. 
And try offsetting the masculine line of the jumper with florals. 

I hope this has helped you style your chunky jumper.
How do you wear yours?
Or have you avoided the chunky style like the plague?

Wishing you the happiest of weekends,
a la perchoine,
Mary x 


  1. That pink really suits you Mary, and I need the coat in my life! Thanks for sharing, do join the #linkup on Thursday my friend. Jacqui x

  2. A tip for you - you looked lovely on the pics with a coat on, your hair looked like it was a bob length. The pic of you in the jumper - not so good, hair not flattering at that length.

    Another tip - pouting your lips makes the vertical lines above your top lip much more noticeable.

  3. That first styling gets my vote. Love the pink on you Mary. I agree, it's hard styling these chunky jumpers under coats xx

  4. Winter doesn't seem to have been cold enough for chunky jumpers - I tried to wear one but was too hot and had to take my coat off. Still hoping for a cold snap with snow! Love the colour of that pink jacket.

  5. I am just starting to think about what I have in the way of Winter clothing. Our Summer is trailing off soon. And the shops are transitioning Autumn clothing. So all your jersey and jacket tips have reminded me of layering issues I had completely forgotten about. I have gained weight so I am bracing myself for a try-on session to see what still fits. You look lovely in the pink. My hair was salt and pepper but things have accellerated and Im not sure where to go from here. Your hair looks great long - maybe I dont need to consider a change in style after all. I shall have to survey my family :-).

  6. Is everything OK? I miss your posts. Hope all is well.

  7. That was a great tip, Mary!! I do have a vast collection of chunky sweaters in my wardrobe, but it is a disaster when I try to pair it with loose pants. The skinny pants are just the perfect combination for the smart jumpers. Thanks for the styling tips. Have great month ahead!!

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  9. If you were in India, you would probably be giving tips on finding the best cotton clothes. Summer is upon us and I can barely think about chunky jumpers! I travel an hour to work. Yet, commuting is a hassle I am drenched in sweat before I reach the place.