Curvy Girl Chic's Allison Teng: Styling the Perfect Summer-to-Fall Outfit

09/01/2014 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 transition your wardrobe from summer to fall — 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

Transitioning from summer into fall can be tricky, but it’s such a fun challenge. I set out to create an outfit that felt cozier and slightly more buttoned up, but with a breezy nod to the last few days of the season. A key piece here is my abstract-print Gap moto jacket. Moto jackets look amazing on everybody, no matter your size. I think it’s the confident attitude they carry. Also, the asymmetrical zip is such a cool detail, and you don’t have to zip it all the way up for it to look right — great for curvier and bustier girls. I’ve heard curvy girls say that a shorter jacket length can be a little intimidating, but an easy way around that, I’ve found, is to stick to a monochromatic color scheme. Wearing shades of the same color can be really streamlining and lengthening — a great trick when you want to play with proportion. It also makes for a polished look that feels very fall.

RELATED: See even more wardrobe tips from Allison here!

My Gap skirt is a little poofy under the moto jacket, but again, because I stuck to the same color family throughout, it doesn’t bulk me up or make me look wide. Even the star print on the skirt is monochromatic, which helped me get away with mixing prints. I stuck to a simple, form-fitting Bobeau tee (t-shirts always make for a great layering base), and navy Enzo Angiolini heels with a subtle snake print, both helping to continue that lengthening effect. My Phillip Lim for Target bag was an easy way to add a pop of color to the darker look without disrupting the sleek line I have going.

Because I stuck to the one color, I was able to experiment with a lot of shapes and prints here, and add interest in different ways. Give this strategy a try for fall. It’s so easy, I promise!

What are your tricks for transitioning clothes between seasons? Sound off below!

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Darcy22 on

In what world is this woman plus sized? Size 10 is not plus!

StyleWatch on

Hey Darcy! Per Allison’s blog, she self identifies as plus — per her FAQ: I wear anything from a US 14 to a 22! Usually a 14/16 bottom, 18 top, then + or – a size given typical variances by brand. Isn’t she gorgeous? We’re so lucky to have her!

Darcy22 on

Thanks for the info. She is absolutely stunning. I get frustrated when curvy/plus labels are given to women that aren’t size 2-4.

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