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The Lust List: Polished in Peplum

All who read the blog know two things: (1) the only thing I love as much as food is fashion and (2) I am the consummate girly girl. Ruffles, bows and feminine frills are abundant in my closet yet I also make way for lady-like structured pieces for a more refined look.

This spring, I’ve noticed peplum is a big trend. Through my musings online—I frequent Shop Bop for purchasing and Atlantic Pacific for style inspiration—I’ve stumbled on a lot of peplum pieces.

Photo credit: Atlantic Pacific

Then, while catching up on the fashion bible this weekend, it seems Ms. Wintour is all about some pleats and peplum this spring. In addition to a DC-centric article on cover lady Meryl Streep, the January Vogue featured an entire fashion spread on peplum pieces.

It always gives me a sense of pride when I think to myself “I’m going to buy such-and-such trend” and then Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington, and the fashion gods over at Conde Naste, affirm my taste. It’s like a holy fashion affirmation.

I love a peplum blouse with skinny jeans or skinny trousers and sky-high pumps. Put your hair in a high bun and swipe on some bright lipstick for added glamour.

If you’re against skinny pants (as many pear shaped gals are), go for a pencil skirt, tights, and pumps. Make sure your bottom half (skirt, tights, pumps) are the same shade—all black, all grey, all navy, for example—to elongate your figure. For a night out, pair a peplum top with a mini skirt or shorts in the summer.

A lady-like structured bag or clutch, bracelets and stud earrings will complement the look nicely.

Peplum Top in Floral Fresco Sateen, $350, J.Crew.

Photo credit: J.Crew

Tibi Katya Lace Combo Top, $275, Cusp.

Photo credit: Cusp

Ella Peplum Tee with Zip, $105, Alice + Olivia.

Photo credit: Alice + Olivia

Shell Top with Peplum, $39.39, Asos.

Photo credit: Asos

If you’re looking for simplicity (outfit creation is hard for some people), why not snazz up the typical sheath dress you wear to work by picking out a dress with peplum around the waist?

As with the peplum blouses, put on lady-like, simple classic accessories like round-toe pumps, stud earrings and a classic handbag.

Alice + Olivia Victoria Peplum Dress, $264, Shop Bop. (Also comes in navy and black.)

Photo credit: Shop Bop

Dress with frill at the waist, $99, Zara.

Photo credit: Zara

Jovonna Metallic Mix Dress with Peplum, $68, Asos.

Photo credit: Asos

Cori Sue

Co-Founder, Pro Bruncher

The co-founder of Bitches Who Brunch, Cori Sue loves brand strategy, social media, red wine, and pink lipstick.

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