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Curvy Girl Chic's Allison Teng: Tricky Silhouettes Don't Have to Be The Enemy

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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 proves that there’s no silhouette that you shouldn’t try, no matter what your shape.

Allison Teng dressing tips
Courtesy Allison Teng

People always tell plus girls to “put a belt on it” and not to wear anything oversized. I feel like that’s really unnecessary. As a plus girl, my take on oversized pieces is that they can totally work if the fit and styling is right. Plus girls can play with different shapes and silhouettes, too! Take this Simply Be drop waist dress for example—it’s roomy, but I don’t look any bigger here than I do in my other, more fitted outfits. The reason this dress works for me is that it’s fitted at the shoulders and billowy at the hips. My shoulders are wide and my hips are small, so it balances me out really nicely. Also, the fitted shape on top, plus the subtle reptile print, streamlines and lengthens. The seam on a drop waist dress can sometimes be too tight on plus girls, but this one is looser and fits me really well.

I wanted the dress to speak for itself since it’s bolder and more voluminous, so I stuck with smaller, simpler accessories. The Forever 21 clutch (no longer available; get the look!) doesn’t overwhelm me or the look, and the Michael Kors ankle strap heels (no longer available; get the look!) really ground the vibrant dress. Plus, the ankle straps are skinny which complements my ankles and continues the line of my legs. Wider straps normally don’t fit me because I have bigger calves—I tend to stay away from anything wider than an inch or so. The Forever 21 necklace adds a fun pop of shine!

So, plus girls: Don’t be concerned with looking larger in looser silhouettes. Just think about your shape and choose pieces that work to make it looks its best — whether they hug your curves, or complement them in a different way.

How do you work with non-traditionally “plus” silhouettes? What’s your favorite rule-breaking shape to try? Share below!