Curvy Girl Chic's Allison Teng: How to Make a Trend Work For You - Instead of the Other Way Around

07/21/2014 at 09:00 AM ET

Welcome Allison Teng, 26, 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 making a trend your own.

Allison Teng dressing tipsCourtesy Allison Teng

I love the look of wrap dresses, but it drives me nuts when people say they look amazing on everyone. They’re supposed to be universally flattering because they emphasize a small waist and an hourglass figure, but I don’t have either of those! The silhouette usually clings to my stomach and narrow hips and makes me look like an inverted triangle.

When I found this H&M kimono (sold out; shop the look), I knew I could achieve the same style but in a way that works better for my shape. To do this, I added an H&M belt (sold out; shop the look), which created the wrapped look and showed off my waist. The kimono has a bit more volume to it than a normal wrap dress would, so even though it’s similar to a classic wrap, it helps balance out my narrow hips. I love that you can adjust the neckline, too — a deep V-neck is always so elongating!

RELATED: See even more wardrobe tips from Allison here!

The length of the kimono was a little short, so in another “make it work” moment, I decided to wear it over a fitted Forever 21+ LBD for added length. I actually think outfits look better when there are multiple layers. They add visual interest and, when the layers are all in the same color family, they can create a nice streamlined look without adding much bulk.

Let’s talk about my Calvin Klein shoes (sold out; shop the look) for a second: I love them. They have this little V on top that helps elongate my legs, and the thick heels and mesh detailing add a cool, edgy touch. I chose a Coach clutch (sold out; shop the look) that matched my belt to keep things simple.

Get creative with your closet! If you love a certain silhouette but it’s not working on you in the traditional sense, try creating a similar style with other pieces that make you look and feel great.

What’s the best way you’ve turned a trend around to work for you? Share it in the comments!

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