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 shows how to rock a trench and transition a dress into fall! (And if her items are sold out, we’ve linked to similar styles below — happy shopping!)
Courtesy Allison Teng
This look is all about bringing back the universally flattering classics. I’ve had this floral H&M Inclusive dress (similar here) and Banana Republic trench (similar here) for years—but it’s never too late to throw pieces like these back into the rotation! Both of these items are ones that anyone can wear, no matter your shape. And, bonus: they’re really versatile. I’ve found that dark florals are easier to wear than brighter, bolder ones. They feel more sleek and subtle, and are perfect for fall. So, if you’re feeling wary about introducing this print into your wardrobe, start with a darker option. The fact that the shape of this dress looks amazing on everyone doesn’t hurt, either. It’s a sleeveless V-neck fit-and-flare—I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone not look good in this silhouette. It creates or highlights an hourglass figure—great whether or not you have hips. I don’t have a particularly long neck, so I love opting for V-necklines–they show off my collarbone and have an elongating affect on my top half.
Like I said, a trench also works on most people. Though I chose to throw this one over my shoulders, it looks really great on. It cinches in at the waist, isn’t bulky, and creates that same hourglass shape as the dress. I like both double and single-breasted styles, but I do think a single-breasted trench feels more streamlined and easier to wear. I’m not a super girlie dresser, so I love that the trench adds a bit of structure to the look. The shoulders have a bit of sharpness to them which is great for balancing out a flouncier dress like this one. Pairing these hourglass-enhancing pieces together is a really easy way to layer for fall without losing your shape!
I went with high-shine Enzo Angiolini pumps to keep with the classic vibe of the look, and a studded Hearts clutch for a pop of attitude. I decided on no jewelry because, sometimes, less is more in my book, especially when you’re going for a really polished, timeless feel.
How do you love to rock a trenchcoat? What is your favorite way to transition a sundress into fall?