How To Shop for Cozy Oversized Sweaters at the Thrift Store

Cozy, oversized or “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. 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:

Tips for thrifting a cozy sweater:

Be Inspired: 


A simple “cozy sweater” search on Pinterest or Google will yield hundreds if not thousands of results.  Take a screen shot of your favorite one and use that as a guide next time you go to the thrift store.

Try Things On

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.

Go 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 chunky sweaters.

Stock up on Basics

Stock up on a couple oversized cozy sweaters in cream, tan or gray. These neutral colors will work well with practically anything you own. You can throw on a pair of black skinnies, wide leg jeans or even tights.

Check All Departments

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.

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