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Curvy Girl Chic's Allison Teng: Making a Tricky Cut Work For You

08/18/2014 at 05:54 PM 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 how to approach layering and bold prints — at the same time! (And if her items are sold out, we’ve linked to similar styles below — happy shopping!)

Allison Teng dressing tipsCourtesy Allison Teng

This Rachel Pally skirt was something I really loved online, but when I got it, I had no idea how to style it! It looked amazing on the model (she was maybe a size 6) but since it’s jersey, it clung to me a lot more than I thought it would. The skirt is cut with a higher waist and was hugging at my midsection in a way that I wasn’t a big fan of. I love the color and style of the skirt though, so I decided to pair it with an Eloquii vest to give more structure to my upper body. I styled the vest so it had a wrapped effect. I love that asymmetrical look where the lapels are crossed over in front — it can make your midsection look narrower. It’s basically the same trick as parting your hair on the side to make a round face look more angled! On top of that, the V neckline looks great on all bust sizes.

I have narrow hips, so I loved that the gathering on the skirt and the bright color added interest and balanced out my figure a bit. Gathering or ruching can be a little daunting to wear due to the excess fabric, but when used strategically, it can totally work, no matter your size!

RELATED: See even more wardrobe tips from Allison here!

Pointy-toe pumps are a go-to of mine for a long, streamlined look. I chose a white pair by Report (shop a similar style here) so the skirt would really pop. My Forever 21 necklace has a lattice-like, geometric design — it’s a cool statement piece, but it’s thin so it doesn’t disrupt the neckline of the vest. I added my fave Kate Spade New York clutch, plus a spiky Forever 21 bracelet and H&M ring for a little edge. Both the cuff and ring are adjustable for an easy fit!

My message to all curvy girls: You don’t have to have a model figure to rock a tricky cut. Just style it in a way that makes you feel your best, and, most importantly, have fun!

What’s your ? What are your tricks for layering? Sound off below!

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