Peplum & Pearls

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peplum top | toms shoes | casual chic look | denim & block heels | lavender top | sweetheart neckline | nordstrom sale

Peplum tops are fun, and feminine with a little bit of flair. What is a peplum top you ask? If you're unfamiliar, here's a little definition to spare you my roundabout explanation.

pep·lum: a short full flounce or an extension of a garment below the waist, covering the hips. 

Gone are the days when peplum tops could be worn by only the smallest of waists. Peplum tops celebrate waist-to-hip curves, and can work for all body types.

peplum top | toms shoes | casual chic look | denim & block heels | lavender top | pearl necklace | sweetheart neckline | nordstrom sale
peplum top | toms shoes | casual chic look | denim & block heels | lavender top | pearl necklace | sweetheart neckline | nordstrom sale
peplum top | toms shoes | casual chic look | denim & block heels | lavender top |  sweetheart neckline | nordstrom sale
peplum top | toms shoes | casual chic look | denim & block heels | lavender top |  sweetheart neckline | nordstrom sale
peplum top | toms shoes | casual chic look | denim & block heels | lavender top |  sweetheart neckline | nordstrom sale

How to wear a peplum top

Whatever you wear below the pouf should be streamlined, to avoid a victorian-era silhouette.

TIP: Pair with a pencil skirt or skinny jeans.

If you're pairing with a skirt, the most flattering choice is one that hits you at the knee or just below. Pairing with skinny jeans is the best way to modernize the peplum look, and is especially flattering for shorter legs.

Peplum tops feel very feminine and ladylike, which is fun to embrace and dress up with classics like pumps, pearls, and a red lip. If you're into less girly style or want to keep it more casual for day-to-day look, it can be good to add a little contrast to the feminine feel vibe via your accessories. Add a metallic clutch or a geometric necklace for a more balanced look.

peplum top | toms shoes | casual chic look | denim & block heels | lavender top | pearl necklace | sweetheart neckline | nordstrom sale
peplum top | toms shoes | casual chic look | denim & block heels | lavender top | pearl necklace | sweetheart neckline | nordstrom sale
peplum top | toms shoes | casual chic look | denim & block heels | lavender top | pearl necklace | sweetheart neckline | nordstrom sale
peplum top | toms shoes | casual chic look | denim & block heels | lavender top | pearl necklace | sweetheart neckline | nordstrom sale
peplum top | toms shoes | casual chic look | denim & block heels | lavender top | pearl necklace | sweetheart neckline | nordstrom sale

Peplum & Pearls

What I love most about this peplum top besides the soft lavender color is the sweetheart neckline. This strapless top works well with a necklace that is elegant but not too minimal. I chose a long string of faux pearls to double up as a subtle statement piece. I love this look because it's not too bold or to big of a piece but it also adds a touch of elegance.

This necklace is just one of the many pearl embellished accessories I've invested in recently. My other no. 01 favorite right now is this pair of pearl slides. You'll definitely see more pearls hitting the blog as we move into fall. 

The other two pieces of jewelry I chose for this look are these drusy stud earrings by Kendra Scott and my favorite Kate Spade Bangle.

peplum top | toms shoes | casual chic look | denim & block heels | lavender top | pearl necklace | sweetheart neckline | nordstrom sale
peplum top | toms shoes | casual chic look | denim & block heels | lavender top | pearl necklace | sweetheart neckline | nordstrom sale
peplum top | toms shoes | casual chic look | denim & block heels | lavender top | pearl necklace | sweetheart neckline | nordstrom sale
peplum top | toms shoes | casual chic look | denim & block heels | lavender top | pearl necklace | sweetheart neckline | nordstrom sale
peplum top | toms shoes | casual chic look | denim & block heels | lavender top | pearl necklace | sweetheart neckline | nordstrom sale

This Look

The peplum top is from TOBI and in addition to the lavender, it also comes in black and white. And..it's on sale (we're talking $13-18 vs $46 originally). I also slipped on my favorite pair of jeans, which I got from Stitch Fix in a box from last fall (see more about them in this post...but be warned that's the first outfit post I ever wrote).

The brand is Lila Ryan and they fit like no other pair of jeans has fit me before. They're stretchy but not too stretchy, thin but not too thin, and the only pair of otherwise regular looking jeans that I could rave about for an hour. The only other place I've found them besides Stitch fix is on the Shoptiques site. 

My peep toe booties were a Nordstrom Sale steal. They're actually from Tom's and I must have been living under a rock because I didn't even know they made booties. Currently on sale for under $75 they go back up to  $109 after the sale ends. I really love the matte suede, diamond cut-outs, and zipper tassels. 

P.S. The Nordstrom Anniversary sale ends Sunday, and if you haven't shopped it yet you can learn all about it HERE, or see just some of the things I bought HERE. If you're too lazy to click on those posts, all you need to know is that its new fall pieces that are on sale and you can shop the best of it HERE.

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What 's your favorite way to style a peplum top? Leave a comment below, or use #NSBstyle

P.S. This top was gifted from TOBI & the shoppable links are affiliate links

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peplum top | toms shoes | casual chic look | denim & block heels | how to wear a peplum top | lavender top | pearl necklace | sweetheart neckline | nordstrom sale
peplum top | toms shoes | casual chic look | denim & block heels | how to wear a peplum top | lavender top | pearl necklace | sweetheart neckline | nordstrom sale
peplum top | toms shoes | casual chic look | denim & block heels | how to wear a peplum top | lavender top | pearl necklace | sweetheart neckline | nordstrom sale
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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Tabitha Faith
    August 4, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    I love that lavender color on you! And the how to was super fun!

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    Mackenzie Lee
    August 4, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Such a cute look! Love the styling advice you give as well!

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    Sindy Spencer
    August 4, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    I LOVE peplums!!! They’re also perfect for when you’ve eaten too much HAHAHA

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    Delaney
    August 4, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Wearing an older version of those shoes right now! I love them and wear them to work all the time!

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    shannon
    August 4, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    this peplum top is adorable and pearls are always in style!

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    Briana
    August 4, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Wow this is an amazing look! So sweet!

    Briana
    beyoutifulbrunette.com

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    Valerie Hansen
    August 4, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    I love your booties and how cute are you in that peplum top, I cant wear them too short waisted!!

    xo
    VAlerie
    #scsisterlove

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    Jamie
    August 5, 2017 at 6:11 am

    I remember trying on a peplum YEARS ago when they first came out and I wasn’t a fan of the shape. I might try another one and see if I still feel the same way. I also love your booties. I had purchased something similar from DSW a few months back but they are sooooo tight across the top of my foot. I was hoping they would stretch out, but alas…I’m bummed I have to sell them.

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    Diana Pearl
    August 5, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    I love your booties! Such a cute outfit, lady!

    x Diana // Pearl Girl
    dianapearl.com

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    Liz
    August 6, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Your top is sooo flattering!! I lovve the sweetheart neckline!

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    Melissa
    August 7, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    My favorite way to style my long sleeve black peplum top is to wear it with red or denim skinny jeans. Sometimes I wear my knee high black boots with them as well. I’m glad they’re back in style! 😁 Love your photos and how you paired the pearls with the top.

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    Katie
    August 7, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    Love this look! My go-to outfit is a peplum with pearl earrings! This look is so elegant but attainable!

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