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Curvy Girl Chic's Allison Teng: On Venturing Out of Your Comfort Zone

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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 will be contributing regularly to the site. This week, she shows that sticking within yor boundaries can be so boring.

Allison Teng dressing tips
Courtesy Allison Teng

This look is so outside of my normal girlie style. The whole edgy graphic tee thing is really new to me — I’ll throw an edgier piece into my looks from time to time, but this is really full on, and, though I was a little hesitant, I wanted to see if I could make it work.

The Forever 21+ tee makes a statement, that’s for sure. In terms of the style, it isn’t quite cropped, but it’s on the shorter side, so I paired it with a high-waisted Forever 21+ skirt. (This isn’t a top I would personally pair with jeans; a higher waisted skirt gives me just the right amount of coverage.) To have giant lettering across my midsection was different for me, but I tried to balance it out with the striped skirt, which was actually also a bit outside of my comfort zone at first. Normally, I don’t wear thick bold stripes like these. I’ve always felt that thinner stripes were more subtle and more my style. But, when I put on this skirt, I was surprised to find that the thicker stripes were actually doing great things for my narrower hips — they made them look curvier! And because the stripes were so bold, they balanced the graphic “SWAG” logo on my tee. The last and final reason that this combo ended up totally working was that the top is looser and the skirt is more fitted. Once again: balance!

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Then, there’s the Chinese Laundry booties. I was a little skeptical about these at first, too. I thought that they would make my legs look super short. But, I couldn’t resist them! I thought they looked so cool and were keeping with the edgier vibe of the outfit, so I gave them a try. Again, I was surprised to find out that they worked. The space between the straps keeps the line of my legs alive. And, really, they just look so cool. Because of the standout logo and booties, I stuck with a simple crossbody by Alexandra Satine and minimal jewelry to finish off the look.

Admittedly, I thought I would feel a little self-conscious about this outfit, but, in the end, I didn’t! Even if you have doubts about how something will look on your body, give it a try. You might end up surprising yourself.

How do you make your monochromatic looks stand out? What are the best black skinnies you’ve found? Share below!