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Hide Yo' Waist, Hide Yo' Thighs: The New Look is Oversize

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Perplexing but profitable, the so-called Resort season originated as a post-holiday capsule for the wealthy headed on warm weather vaycays. Picture it: You're rich, it's January, and you need a caftan for your Mediterranean jaunt (also, online shopping doesn't exist yet). Resort to the rescue.

These days, the between-seasons-season (sometimes called Cruise and increasingly Pre-Spring) is known for raking in the cash. Jennifer Sunwoo of Barneys New York told Fashionista that "resort is a meaningful delivery, driving the overall sell-through performance for the season as it benefits from having the longest selling time on the floor."

So what did designers from New York to Paris do with this valuable, profitable, tone-setting season? They made really, really big clothes and then they layered them. Giant pants, long skirts, and duster-length vests were piled on everywhere from younger lines like Novis to legacy brands including Chanel.

The oversized crown here really belongs to the CFDA Award-winning Olsen twins, who showed incredibly voluminous styles for fall with their notoriously expensive line The Row, and continued the trend for Resort. The girls even tossed a few big-over-big looks into their lower-price and younger-minded Elizabeth & James line. Have a look for yourself in the gallery below.

· Proenza. Wang. Lim. Marc. The Best Accessories to Shop Now [Racked]
· The Olsens Will Have You Swimming In Your Clothing [Racked]
· Fashion's 'Resort' Season: What Is It, And Why Does it Exist? [Racked]