By elizabethcarmona2014
Updated December 22, 2014 08:00 PM
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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 gives us insight on a universally flattering New Year’s Eve look. (And if her items are sold out, we’ve linked to similar styles below — happy shopping!)


Courtesy Allison McGevna

This season, I’ve been searching for alternatives to traditional holiday party dress options. I want something that feels more of-the-moment, glam and comfortable. The answer, I found, is a jumpsuit! Jumpsuits give you the comfort of pants, but still look totally chic. It would be a perfect option for New Year’s Eve. And I love that this one by Ashley Stewart has interesting accents like leather detailing and a sweetheart neckline. When you’re curvy or plus, it can be really challenging to find a jumpsuit that doesn’t look dowdy. Most are made from blousy material and are cut with a wide leg. I love that this one offers a more fitted silhouette, but has some stretch so you can really move around in it. The material is thick and sturdy, which is something I always look for in a good, supportive garment. You want something that lifts and contours your figure, rather than something that is going to show every little lump and bump. And, while I don’t usually shy away from color, black is a notoriously easy — and flattering! — neutral to wear! As a bustier girl (I’m a 38DD), I usually stay away from strapless pieces, but this jumpsuit is made with built-in piping on top. It fits, lifts and covers–no side boob! Another great feature: It comes with a built-in belt. The belt isn’t designed to go all the way around your waist, but it still gives nice definition to your middle.

Anytime I’m wearing something that shows of my collarbone in a big way, I like to add a statement necklace, like this one from Ashley Stewart. They have a great selection of sophisticated jewelry on Ashleystewart.com. A statement necklace can keep it from feeling like you’re showing too much skin, and it also highlights the collarbone, a universally flattering feature on any woman.

At first, I tried the jumpsuit on with black pumps, but decided that this gold Rock & Republic pair (similar style) felt more fun and festive. As I mentioned last week, it’s the holidays, so adding a playful accent is a must. The jumpsuit hits me right at the ankle, so I chose pointy-toe heels to help give my legs a lengthened look. My Michael Kors clutch (similar style) is one of my going out go-to’s. I tend to go for bags that feel versatile and that have some sort of gold detailing to complement my love of gold jewelry. I can carry this clutch with almost anything.

The best thing about this look? If you’re feeling like you want to go a bit more covered, you can easily throw a tailored black blazer, a moto jacket or an embellished sweater over the jumpsuit. It’s superversatile!

What’s your fave on-dress going-out options How do you style it? Sound off below!