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

08/25/2014 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 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 tipsCourtesy Allison Teng

This outfit is a tricky trend double whammy for me, with a midi skirt and head-to-toe white color palette. But, like I always say, fashion is supposed to be fun, so I decided to really go for it with this look! I like midi skirts, but the length can be kind of hard to pull off sometimes — more specifically, I feel like it makes my legs look short. I went with this particular ASOS Curve midi, because it has a sheer panel so it doesn’t look like my legs start at the bottom of the skirt. The nude Cole Haan pumps were a very conscious decision — you can’t beat nude pumps for making legs look longer! As for the all-white palette, I think it’s important to break up neutrals like this with texture or little bits of bright color, so I went with a floral-print H&M sweatshirt. Bigger, bolder prints can be challenging to wear as well, but, because this print is sparsely placed on the shirt, there is still a lot of empty space to balance it out. I also chose a cute lemon-shaped Talbots clutch for a fun pop of color that would help break up all the white.

RELATED: See even more wardrobe tips from Allison here!

Let’s talk about the fit of this outfit for a second — I love the relaxed look of sweatshirts, but having the right fit at the shoulders is key! They shouldn’t drop down to your arms too much, otherwise the shirt will look way too oversize, and can veer toward sloppy, rather than effortless. The shoulder seams should hit you at the tops of your arms. The skirt is an A-line shape, which looks great on pretty much everyone. It has subtle pleating and a bit of volume, but it isn’t super-poofy or overwhelming. I really liked the surprising mix of the more classic, feminine skirt, with the slouchier sweatshirt. Plus girls shouldn’t be afraid to play with volume. You never want to look like you’re drowning in your clothes, but I encourage you ladies to experiment with silhouettes and proportion. And, as always, have fun!

What are your tricks for mix-and-matching diffferent silhouettes? Sound off below!

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