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Curvy Girl Chic's Allison Teng: On Working a Summery Maxi Well Into Fall


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

Maxidresses usually skew summery, but I’ve found that in the right colors and prints, and with the right add-ons, it’s actually pretty easy to transition them into fall. I love how moody the print on this ASOS Curve maxi (similar style here) is; it doesn’t feel as bright and bold as warm-weather prints usually do. I think that’s the key — if you’re going to wear a summery silhouette into fall, stick with fall colors and prints. This print is so easy to wear, whatever your shape! Because it isn’t high-contrast, it doesn’t look overly busy. If you feel a little wary about a lot of fabric and pattern, stick with darker shades.

RELATED: See even more wardrobe tips from Allison here!

I went with a gray quilted Gap moto jacket (similar style here) — it pairs well with the blues and the bit of gray in the dress. Again, I didn’t want anything in this outfit to be high-contrast. The jacket is light, but not super summery, and the quilting makes it look luxe. The cut of this moto jacket is great — it cinches in at the waist and pulls the straight-cut maxi in with it. With a layered maxi look, you want to be careful not to lose your shape. The top layer should really streamline the look and pull it together, rather than add bulk. And since so much of my figure is covered by the dress, I rolled up the sleeves of the jacket to show some skin. I like the rolled-up sleeve look; I think the forearm is an underrated part of the body. You should show it off because it looks good on everybody!

I chose a sleek black H&M clutch (similar style) with a cool textured design that resembles the pattern on the maxi. My adjustable H&M cuff (similar style here) is a filigree design, which mirrors the dress’s print. I’m a big fan of mixing texture and print! It adds cool interest.

When the seasons change, I encourage you all to get creative with your wardrobe! Don’t immediately toss summery items aside. Think of ways you can remix them into cool, flattering fall looks. Get creative, and get the most out of your clothes!

What are your tricks for working your summer pieces into fall? How do you get the most out of your wardrobe? Sound off below!