Inside Allie's World blogger Allison McGevna shows us how to put together a stylish, flattering holiday party look for curvy girls

By elizabethcarmona2014
December 15, 2014 02:00 PM

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 gives us insight on styling a trendy (and flattering!) holiday party look. (And if her items are sold out, we’ve linked to similar styles below — happy shopping!)

Courtesy Allison McGevna

With the holidays coming up, I wanted to create a cocktail party look that felt festive, trendy and appropriate. Those three elements are always key. I decided to go with a soft palette (curvy girls — you can wear white, just use it strategically) and to create a fit-and-flare silhouette with a Jennifer Lopez for Kohl’s top (similar style), an H&M skirt (similar style) and a White House/Black Market belt (similar style).

The top is a sweater-like material with a bit of stretch. It’s the perfect winter top because it’s warm but not too thick and shows my shape. The neckline and sleeve length are just right, revealing a hint of skin. When you’re more covered up, find a way to show a pop of skin — you never want to go too demure, which can read as matronly. The more voluminous skirt gives the fitted top balance and glides over my hips. If you want to play around with wearing white but aren’t sure where to begin, try starting with a looser silhouette like this. The cut looks good on any figure. The just-below-the-knee length reads appropriate (and also feels more practical for colder weather). Balance the longer length with a great pair of heels (more on my shoes below!).

RELATED: See even more wardrobe tips from Allison here!

As I’ve shared with you guys, I’m an hourglass (I’m a size 14 in tops and a 16 in pants), so I love showing off my smallest point: my waistline. The best way to do that? A great belt! Skinny belts tend not to do much to accent my figure, so I go for thicker options. Plus, thicker belts have a better chance of staying put. There’s nothing I hate more than a belt slowly inching its way up my torso until it’s sitting at my bust. I love that this metallic silver option stands out a bit against the soft color palette. I wanted something that felt celebratory!

I chose a fresh white Simply Be clutch that matched my skirt, and decided to mix things up a bit with bright red Stella McCartney pumps (similar style). Like the metallic belt, these shoes add a fun feel to the outfit. It’s the holidays, after all — your look should feel party-ready!

How do you create a stylish holiday party outfit? What do you wear to play up your shape? Sound off below!