November 17, 2014 06:16 PM

Welcome Allison Teng, 27, 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 contributes her thoughts on finding the perfect outfit to the site each week. This week, she gives great tips on how to work those heavier fall pieces! (And if her items are sold out, we’ve linked to similar styles below — happy shopping!)

Courtesy Allison Teng

Cooler weather means thicker material, which can sometimes be tough for curvy girls. The design of this Simply Be top has a lot of characteristics that could be intimidating — the knit material is stiff, nubby and thick, plus the shape and the print are boxy. But I’m not the type to turn down a challenge! The first thing I noticed about this top was actually the print — I thought it was really cool and I wanted to give it a try. I’m usually a big proponent of tucking your top in and showing off your waist, but because this top’s material is thicker, I opted to leave it un-tucked. Tucking in a thicker material can often add bulk and just feel plain uncomfortable, so keep that in mind when you’re styling your look. Another tip: A darker color palette, like this one, makes any thicker fabric easier to wear. So if you’re considering some sort of knit for fall, try darker shades first. A higher-cut neckline, like the one on this top, can also be tricky. I usually tend toward lower-cut necklines because I think they’re more forgiving and feel less suffocating, but an easy trick to create the illusion of a lower neckline is wearing a slightly longer necklace. I love the way this Monika Chiang necklace (similar style) pulls the eye down a bit.

RELATED: See even more wardrobe tips from Allison here!

Since the top is very structured and boxy, I wanted to go with something softer and flirtier on the bottom. This Phillip Lim for Target skirt (similar style) fit the bill perfectly! When you’re trying to pull off a tricky piece, it’s really all about finding balance. This skirt is a medium-weight fabric, so it feels appropriate for the season, while still having that lightweight look. I love that this skirt shows my legs, especially since I’m so covered on top. And in a similar dark palette, it pulls the look together and makes it feel very fall.

Despite what some people may say, I think navy and black is a great color combo — it allows you to get that polished, streamlined effect without having to wear head-to-toe black. I chose sleek black Eram boots (similar style) and a New Look clutch to achieve that combo. I love that the boots have little side cutouts — great for giving legs a lengthened look.

Embrace those chunky, cozy knits this fall, curvy girls! Don’t let them intimidate you. Just take a step back and think about your overall look and how you might create balance. Balance is key!

How do you rock your fall knitwear? What kinds of pieces do you go for? Sound off below!

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