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Curvy Girl Chic's Allison Teng: How to Rock an Unexpected Outfit Combo


Welcome Allison Teng, 27, of Curvy Girl Chic, who is joining us as our resident plus-size style blogger. She was featured in the March issue of PEOPLE StyleWatch and contributes her thoughts on finding the perfect outfit to the site each week. This week, she gives great tips on how to approach to wear two very different styles — at the same time! (And if her items are sold out, we’ve linked to similar styles below — happy shopping!)

Allison Teng dressing tips
Courtesy Allison Teng

I like to get creative when it comes to my outfit proportions. Here, I went for an H&M crocheted sweater (similar here) over a Mimi Chica sleeveless collared blouse (similar here) — a slightly preppy look, which I love. Sure, you could choose to do this with a longer sweater, but I like using a cropped style instead—it looks more interesting, has a more fitted shape and is great for transitioning into fall when it’s still a bit warm out. I chose to pair the cropped sweater with a sheer blouse so you could see my waist and hips, without being overly revealing. I love that the sheer blouse hits lower on my hips and adds a touch of volume to my narrow lower half.

RELATED: See even more wardrobe tips from Allison here!

These high-waisted H&M pants are so great, and I love that you can see them under the sheer top. High-waisted pants might feel intimidating if you’re a curvier girl since they hug at the midsection, but a longer sheer top lets you show off the cool style while still keeping you covered. I chose a pair with a small, neutral arrow print that feels fun, but not over-the-top. If you want to try prints, but you’re not sure where to start, go for something with a darker base and play with simple designs. I always look for cool little details like the ankle slits in these pants—they show off my Enzo Angiolini platform pumps and a hint of skin at my ankles. My mini Philip Lim for Target crossbody (similar here) polishes off the look!

When you’re thinking about early fall dressing and layering, think outside of the box. Choose different silhouettes and hemlines — sometimes those pieces you’d never think to wear together actually look amazing on!

Are you into playing with proportion? Or do you stick to the same shapes?