Fashion, How To

How To Shop for Cozy Oversized Sweaters at the Thrift Store

Cozy, oversized or “chunky” sweaters are not only fashionable but are almost a necessity if you experience NE Ohio like temperatures. Chunky sweaters can run upwards of $60 at most retail stores but you can easily find racks upon racks of them at local thrift stores. I’m not joking, there are so many thick wool sweaters available that I don’t even know where to begin sometimes. If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed shopping for a cozy sweater at the thrift store, here are a few tips to help steer you in the right direction:

Be inspired.

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A simple “cozy sweater’ search on Pinterest will yield hundreds if not thousands of results. Go ahead, try it. Take a screen shot of your favorite one and use that as a guide when you go to the thrift store next time. Although every girl on Pinterest makes styling a cozy sweater look effortless, it can be a little tricky sometimes.  I like to keep my bottoms slim and depending on how big the sweater is, sometimes I prefer platform booties as opposed to flat ones so I’m not drowning in sweater. It all depends on the style you choose. Play around with it until you feel comfortable. Because that’s the whole point, cozy sweaters are meant to be comfy.

Be Bold.

An oversized sweater will serve as the focal point of your outfit so why not go for a cool, unique pattern? The thrift store carries tons of one-of-a-kind textures and prints that can elevate a casual look. Personally, I’m a huge fan of 1980s or Cliff Huxtable chunky sweaters. Some sweaters may look awful on the hanger but don’t be afraid to try things on! You will be surprised how different they can feel and look once you style them.


Be Basic.

Whether or not you’re not sold on the Cliff Huxtable look, stock up on a couple oversized cozy sweaters in cream and gray. These neutral colors will work well with practically anything you own. You can throw on a pair of black skinnies, jeans or even tights.


Be like the Boys.

Steal your grandpa’s style and take a walk over to the men’s department for an even bigger variety of cozy sweaters. Pick a style you like and make it your own.


Thrift shopping tip: Most thrift stores, especially in the Akron and surrounding area organize their sweaters by color which makes it much easier to narrow down your selection. Also, most of these sweaters can be machine washed. I’ve washed the one pictured above several times. I usually lay them flat to dry.


  • Dina, Do you have any experience at Encore Consignment in Canton? I'm sure you've posted about this, but which thrift stores are the best for women's clothes in Akron and Canton area. Thanks!!

  • Hey Tracy! I have never been to Encore. To be honest, I hardly ever go to consignment shops because I feel as though they are more expensive than thrift stores. But you do get to find some pretty nice stuff at consignment shops. My list of favorite thrift stores is always changing but here's my most recent list. I need to add Goodwill in Lakemore to this one. Thanks for stopping by!

  • I am SWOONING over the pics in this post!! They really brought this post to life. What a good one! Bookmarking for future reference!

    Thanks, Dina!


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