So, you’re stuck in a teddy coat rut. You’ve bought the oversized teddy coat and worn it a few times, but now you’re wondering if there are any ways to switch up this classic look.
We consulted our resident style experts and came up with five great ways to wear your oversized teddy coat that will keep things fresh:
How to wear an oversized teddy coat
1. Keep the rest of your outfit simple
You can wear whatever you want in other areas of your outfit, but when you’re wearing an oversized teddy coat, the rest of the look should be simple.
This means no overdoing it with accessories or colors.
Keep it minimal and stick to a few key elements that won’t compete with your coat.
2. Try layers under and over
If you are wondering how to wear an oversized teddy coat, the best thing is to layer under and over it.
A long sleeve shirt or sweater works nicely under the teddy coat.
If you want to keep warm but still show some skin, try a scarf or hat.
You can also try a vest or jacket over the teddy coat if you want a more polished look.
3. Go for a teddy coat in a color that suits you and your wardrobe
Matching your coat color to your skin tone is always a good idea.
Skinny jeans, all black outfits and oversized sweaters are becoming more popular, so it’s important to find a teddy coat that goes well with these pieces.
Color trends change every season!
A good way to determine what colors will be in style is by looking at the runway shows and what celebrities are wearing on their Instagram accounts.
If you’re unsure about what colors work best for your complexion, try out different shades at home before making the purchase.
We recommend starting with neutrals like browns or blacks because they can be worn all year round (and sometimes even cross seasons).
4. Wear a teddy coat with jeans and sneakers
It’s all about what you wear underneath.
If you’re going to wear a teddy coat, make sure it’s not too bulky or heavy.
Instead, stick to a slinky sweater or light wool jumper in the same color as your shoes and bag.
The idea is to do everything possible not to draw attention away from them—even though they’re the star of this look—by making sure everything else matches in tone and texture.
5. Don’t wear leggings or tights under an oversized teddy coat
Don’t wear leggings or tights under an oversized teddy coat.
It may seem like a good idea to slip into some thigh-highs before throwing on your coat, but it doesn’t always work out that way.
Sometimes, you’ll end up with an outfit that looks too tight and short thanks to how close-fitting the two layers are (and no one wants that).
Other times, the two items together can make all of your other bits look plain and boring.
You might think that wearing black tights would remedy this situation—but here’s a tip: Don’t wear black!
6. Wear it buttoned or unbuttoned – either works with an oversized teddy coat
It’s a fact: you can wear an oversized teddy coat either buttoned or unbuttoned. By nature, buttoning it up is more classic, but unbuttoning it adds a hint of playfulness that’s oh so on trend.
If you go for the buttoned option, keep in mind that this will make your silhouette wider and shorter than wearing the coat unbuttoned with its sleeves down; if this doesn’t appeal to you (and who are we to judge?), then go ahead and rock your bulky teddy coat open!
If you choose to wear yours closed, consider styling with a belt for added definition—it’ll hit just above your hips when worn over pants that fall below mid-calf (like jeans).
If instead you prefer an oversized look with longer lines and looser drapes around the shoulders—for example, over leggings paired with an oversized knit sweater—then why not opt for a scarf instead?
It’ll still add some style while keeping things balanced out visually by drawing attention upwards towards those beautiful necklines instead of downwards towards where their hems meet at their bottom edges…which brings us neatly onto our next point: wearing hats!
7. Balance an oversized teddy coat with heels or boots
It’s easy to create a balance between the proportions of your coat and your shoes.
For example, if you want a more formal look, go with heels. A boot heel is also an option for this look, but it’ll be slightly more casual than a stiletto or peep-toe shoe.
For daywear, try wearing an oversized teddy coat with boots—this will give you an instantly cool vibe that stands out from the crowd.
8. Play with proportions to bring more attention to the jacket
When you’re wearing an oversized teddy coat, it’s easy to get caught up in the details. You have to have the right shoes, or the right accessories—you know, all that stuff.
But what you really need are the right proportions. Here are some tips:
Only wear leggings or tights under an oversized teddy coat if they’re so tight that they make your legs look even longer than they already are (in which case go ahead).
Otherwise, stick with opaque stockings or knee-high boots (or better yet both).
It’s also worth mentioning here that while you can absolutely wear this jacket buttoned up all the way down its front and still look cool as hell—we’re just saying!
9. Consider the size of your bag, hat etc. when styling an oversized teddy coat
When styling an oversized teddy coat, it’s important to consider the size of your bag.
For example, if you’re carrying around a large shopping bag and wearing a long teddy coat, it can look a little too overwhelming when paired together.
On the other hand, if you’re wearing an oversized teddy coat with a tiny clutch or purse that doesn’t match in style or color scheme (like say: one white and one black), it won’t work for this particular outfit either.
When choosing accessories for your oversized teddy coat look, make sure they aren’t too big or small for your outfit as well. You want everything about the ensemble to complement each other—not clash!
Imagine how awkward it would be if someone had on an enormous pair of furry boots with their knee-high socks tucked into them while wearing an oversize sweatshirt dress with high slits at both sides exposing their leg tattoos; not exactly an ideal ensemble choice…
10 Match your oversized teddy coat with a beanie or other accessories in contrasting color/texture – but only if they really suit you (not just because they’re trendy)
If you want to wear a beanie or other accessories with your oversized teddy coat, make sure it’s in a contrasting color and texture.
If you’re wearing black pants, for example, then don’t pair them with an oversized black teddy coat; instead, go for something lighter or darker – like white or grey.
The same goes for any other accessories: avoid over-accessorizing and stick to one item at most (unless it really suits you).
When choosing a beanie to match your oversized teddy coat, avoid big bangs if they don’t suit your face shape—they’ll just make your forehead look even bigger than it already is!
Hopefully, you now know how to wear an oversized teddy coat (or any oversized outerwear piece) with style.
The secret is to make sure that the rest of your outfit is simple and balanced so that it doesn’t compete with the jacket—and also because layering will help keep you warm in cold weather!
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