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Allison McGevna of Inside Allie's World on How to Remix Statement Pieces for Two Totally Different Looks

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Welcome Allison McGevna, 31, of Inside Allie’s World, who is joining us as our resident curvy-girl style blogger. She was featured in the December/January issue of PEOPLE StyleWatch and contributes her thoughts on finding the perfect outfit to the site each week. This week, she dishes on the best way to remix pieces you love in your wardrobe. (And if her items are sold out, we’ve linked to similar styles below — happy shopping!)

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Courtesy Allison McGevna

Remixing your wardrobe is a key skill that every woman should have. Hey, none of us has an endless stream of income to spend on clothing all day, every day (though a girl can dream!).

Much of my wardrobe tends to be comprised of basic pieces that I can spruce up with accessories or the few statement pieces I own. This is the key to remixing: You want to fill the majority of your wardrobe with things that you can wear multiple ways, with a few bold pieces mixed in. If you buy too many memorable pieces, you’ll find yourself always feeling like you have nothing to wear — because everything will feel like you just wore it.

This Asos khaki maxi vest was something I had my eye on for a few weeks. It’s not something you can wear every single day — but the good thing about this statement piece is that it’s one that can be worn dressed up or down and the neutral color will work with many different pieces in my closet. I also like the length of the vest because it makes me look taller. I opted to leave it open in both looks; it can look a little robe-y closed, and it’s not as flattering worn that way because, even though it’s belted, it calls attention to my hips, rather than just skimming them. This is true for a lot of maxi styles — if you’re hippy, more often than not, they call attention to the widest part of your body.

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For the denim look, I paired it with a pair of jeggings from Forever 21 Plus and this mock turtleneck from Fashion to Figure. These two pieces are both items that I wear a lot. I’m showing some midriff here, but the vest over it and the high-waist cut of the jeggings means it’s still showing relatively minimal skin. It also breaks it up a little bit, giving it a fun element, rather than being too severe. But even if you’re not comfortable showing midriff, you can definitely still pull off a similar look with a longer top — just add a belt to break it up. I added these Michael Kors platforms (similar style here) to give me some additional height; I’m always trying to elongate my look for a more slimming effect.

The remix of the look is a little bit more conservative, but still lots of fun. I wore a simple black bodycon dress (similar style here), which is a great building block in your wardrobe — it can be dressed up or down. Key to this look was the length, which showed enough leg to keep the dress/vest combination from looking too severe or “priestess-y.”

I had fun by adding a casual hat and gold belt from City Chic (similar style here), a textured clutch (similar style here) and booties from Altuzarra for Target (similar style here) gives it a totally different feel than a regular bodycon dress and makes it seem like its different pieces rather than one dress. It’s a great way to make the most out of your wardrobe.

How do you remix tricky pieces in your wardrobe? Share below!