When you need to add an extra layer in chilly weather, women's sweaters are the perfect answer. But if you're worried about feeling frumpy in your sweater, you may be hesitant to add that layer. However, a flattering sweater is easy to find if you know what to look for. Each sweater you buy doesn't have to be exactly the same in order for it to complement your figure, as long as you keep at least a few key features in mind each time you shop.
Look at length: If your sweater ends at your widest part, it will draw a line with them and draw attention there, so think about where you want that line to be. Look for a sweater that ends just above your hips if you're worried that your sweater will make your hips and thighs look heavy. If you have a belly, look for sweaters that are long enough to cover it. To avoid creating the line altogether, look for cardigans with asymmetrical hems.
Mind the materials: If sweaters make you feel bulky all over, search for sweaters made of finer knits. Cashmere sweaters are often very thin, but they'll still give you a lot of warmth. Viscose and cotton are also good materials to look for, but even wool can work if it's in a flat knit.
Get sleeve-savvy: For many women, the wrists are the skinniest part of the body, and when you can show them off, you'll feel better about your whole shape. You may always want to push up your long sleeves just so you can make sure they're showing. Look for three-quarter length sleeve sweaters if this sounds like you. Slim-fitting sleeves of any length can also reduce a bulky appearance.
Don't forget details: Look for embellishments to trick the eye into looking at the features you want to show off. A belted cardigan will emphasize your waist if you have an hourglass shape. A ruffled front can balance out broad shoulders. Extra detail around the neck can give a diminutive woman more presence.
Know the neckline: A V-neck sweater or cardigan can create a slimming look on women with larger busts. Slim women can get away with preppy crew necks and turtlenecks. A boatneck is excellent for women who have narrow shoulders.