Outfit Of The Day: A Pretty Peplum

♫: Resolve – Nathan Lanier

Peplums are all the rage at the moment, which I will admit I initially found to be….well, odd.  Weren’t they just in? Two seconds ago? Didn’t I just clean out my closet and donate a bunch of ruffly-waisted things, figuring that trend had sailed? Next we will be declaring crazy things like “in: pants! out: not wearing pants while still wearing pants that don’t look like pants but actually are pants!” and then my head will blah-blah-blah explode. (But I will still blog about it like a cranky old woman, anyway.)

Oh well, I am not complaining. I happen to really like peplums due to my odd little body, as they accentuate a waist where there is none. And while they are a little bit like a push-up bra in their magic-working, I’ve yet to hear a dude be disappointed once the basque comes off (“WHERE ARE HER HIPS? YOU’RE SAYING…IT WAS JUST…A RUFFLE?!!”), nor are their legions of Yahoo! Answers pages dedicated to the disappointment of a falsely-advertised fake and fussy frill. (Yet.)


I grabbed the top that I am wearing in my outfit below from Topshop a few days ago, and wanted to get a quick post up about it because Topshop has free shipping on all orders (but only through tonight).  I have been seeing a lot of white + black lace combo tops lately, and after falling in love with this fierce little Peter Som top, I was happy to find a few more wallet-friendly options at both Topshop and Express.

peter som lace yoke ruffle sleeve easy tee - express.com lace back peplum top - topshop


I threw the outfit below together in just a few seconds, and while I think the top would look better with a colorful skirt or skinny pants, this will at least give you a general idea as to how it looks & fits. I think it runs a bit big for a Topshop top (I went with the US4, but could have done a US2), and the thick knit fabric provides a good amount of stretch which makes the top comfortable to wear. It runs a little short through the body, so taller girls might have some problems with it, and has a total length of about 19″ from the highest point of the shoulder to the bottom hem when worn.

But all in all it’s a gorgeously unique top–look for it in lots of upcoming outfits soon! ❤




Are you guys (still) rocking peplums? What are YOUR favorite ways to wear them? Share in the comments!





  • I was all – eh… well, peplums yawn… and then you turned around and true love struck hard. What a darling top!

  • Shamelessly Overdressed

    Just found your blog, and I love your style! I’m also a peplum lover… just did a recent outfit post with peplum, too! You look fab!

    Wanna follow each other through GFC / Bloglovin’?

    Hope to see you around! :)

    Love, S

  • Super-cute outfit!  I’m also a waistless wonder, so I’m a big fan of the peplum trend.  Your top is darling, but it probably wouldn’t work for me for me since it wouldn’t adequately conceal my push-up bra and would likely blow the top off my whole of-course-I-have-an-hourglass-figure ruse.  

    • Thanks so much, girlie! And yeah, it’d be the “perfect” top if only it had more bra options–I have to do the stick-on backless bra with this top, which I don’t mind but tends to get a little uncomfy in the hot summer heat. :(

  • It cracks me up every time someone says “pants are in for fall!” Particularly since it happens every fall at some point.  What, are people not going to wear pants?

  • The Fashionable ESQ

    Gorgeous, lady. I wear peplum with tight fitting pencil skirts that hit at the knee or black skinny jeans and high heels. What is the remote you use for your canon? I’m looking for one on Amazon and there are many to choose from…

    xxThe Fashionable ESQ

  • That peplum is gorgeous! I haven’t found one that I really like in terms of material. I want a thick, quality material that will not stretch when washed. You look amazing! Love your blog..
    * * * glamBLOUSE * * * http://www.glamblouse.blogspot.com/

  • Lindsay Patrick

    Love it, but I knew I would since it was a peplum top. I just can’t get enough peplum

    Lindsay @LindsayJEveryday.blogspot.com

  • ThePantryDrawer

    LOVE the lace back! Such a gorgeous surprise!


    • Right? It reminds me a little bit of my wedding dress–and I’ll admit that that heavily played into my purchase. ♥

  • Stacey B

    This topshop top is too cute!!! 



  • carol_prettythings

    Oh, Chloe! I love this top – LOVE it. How’s the sizing? Gah, I think I need one. But…backless means…no bra?

    • HI CAROL! And yeah, it means using one of those rubbery-backless-stick-on bras. I think you might be able to get away with layering a camisole underneath it, though, if you need to have more bra options–it could look neat with the right tank top–something nude? or maybe even bright for a flash of color? ♥

  • I love the random orange flower – totally makes the outfit for me! ;-) Dig the peplum, too. 

  • i STILL have NOT bought a single peplum top or skirt or dress, etc. i LOVE it on everyone else but i feel like it looks weird on me, like too lady-ish! ha ha. you look GORGEOUS though!!! as usual. =)

    xoxo, jenn
    the stylish housewife

    • Eeeek, what are you waiting for?! Hee hee hee. I think peplums can definitely have a bit of a dowdy vibe to them, but there’s lots of ways to style them to make them look hot–skinny jeans + funky heels, maybe? ;) ♥

  • Lorena Lorena

    I love that peplum top – your outfit is great – i’ve not bought anything peplum and probably will not do so.

  • julia martin

    i have not embraced this trend but i think this outfit looks great on you!

    xo julesinflats.blogspot.com

  • beautygirl24

    Oh it’s just dreamy! I love, love, love it on you! Maybe petite girls have an advantage with peplum tops? I’m not sure, I think they would suit many women because they conceal quite a bit while still cinching in your waist. I just wore one from Anthro and I loved it with a skirt! I’ll have to try it with jeans…

    • THANK you! I definitely think peplums do help petites quite a bit, especially ones with no boobs/boy-ish figures (like me)–it helps fake all that good stuff. ♥

  • Keilexandra

    My torso is basically a straight line from armpit to hips (actually, to saddlebags, since my hipbones are pretty narrow). Hooray for a feminine, form-fitting trend that works for rectangle and apple shapes! I love fit and flare dresses, but unless the design or fabric has stretch, they don’t work that well on a body that’s 2 sizes larger at the waist compared to bust and hips. I’m excited to find the perfect peplum top for fall.

    • Ooh, I feel you. I am pretty much a straight line from top to bottom as well (aside from a little buddha belly, since I’m an apple) and I love peplums–I hope you find a good one!

  • Love this top and I didn’t know they were offering free shipping right now…off I go!! :)

  • Beth Addis

    I love this peplum on you!  The back details are gorgeous and I had no idea that peplums were back in, because I haven’t seen people stop wearing them!  LOL!  I only have one and bought my shirt a few years ago, so I’m happy I kept mine!  xx  Pip


    • Hahaha, YES! It seems like fashion is moving in bigger, faster cycles now–meaning things don’t really go “out” or “in”…thank goodness. Much easier on the wallet. Thanks so much for your comment, Beth! ♥

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