The difference between oversizedstyle garments and clothes that are just too big for you is good design. Signs that something is too large include sleeves that cover your hands, shoulder seams that sag part-way down your arm and neck-holes that won’t stay put. As for the body of the garment, it will swamp you, instead of enveloping you as an oversized garment will. That might sound like semantics but it can be a fine line and ultimately you (or an honest friend) is the best judge.
A well-designed oversized garment might have the following: Shoulders that fit, even when the rest appears not to; sleeves that end at the narrowest part of your arm or just above the wrist; and a length that swaddles rather than swallows. If it’s a top, the hem should end at the bottom of your, er, bottom, at midthigh for tunics and at the ankle or above if it’s a dress.
The proof is in the trying on. If something is, for example, in the colour you want, is made of nice fabric and is a good cut, but it hits you below the elbow, making your arms look shorter, it’s well worth investing in professional alterations to get the fit right.
Ingrid Starnes’ dress (15) was made especially for an Auckland fashion event this season. It’s not in the current range, but if you wanted this or something like it, you could approach Starnes and ask if it could be made for you.
It can be tricky to grasp the scale of clothes as they appear here, as some of them aren’t standard proportions. Check out the website of each designer to see the clothing on a model as well as alternate styling ideas.