Closet Essentials: 10 Peplum Tops We’ve Fallen For That You’ll Want This Fall!

September 10, 2012  |  
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Universally flattering, peplum is the silhouette heard around the world. Plenty of dresses have them and are better for it. Skirts are automatically placed in the “adorable” category when blessed with the extra fabric. Now, it’s the tops turn to receive the peplum treatment.

We’ve done the light lifting for you – so to speak – and pulled together some of our favorite peplum tops that will transition seamlessly into fall. Confused on what to wear with these dainty blouses? No worries! Just remember to keep the rest of your outfit streamlined and be sure to take note of the outfit suggestions provided. Go on! Put some peplum in your step!

(Purchase top pictured above here)

Vegan Leather Peplum Top by Tinley Road, Piperlime – $98

We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: wearing leather is risky business. You could easily be mistaken for a dominatrix or a character from “The Matrix.” Neither is a good look. This peplum top provides just enough flounce and femininity to soften the fabric. Plus, the small slit at the neckline is such a pretty detail. Partner this top with a pair of skinny jeans and booties and you’ll be ready for any occasion!

Three-Quarter-Sleeve Peplum-Hem, Macy’s – $59

Orange you glad it’s time for fall!? Can’t you just picture this bright top against a backdrop of changing leaves? The model above has the right idea by pairing this peplum creation with a teal skirt. Stick with that color family when choosing your choice of bottom. Brown lace-up boots would look amazing with this color combo!

Polka Dot Trimmed Peplum Top, Forever21 – $19.80

This billowy blouse is kept fresh by adding polka dot trim to the collar and sleeves. LOVE! Take advantage of its sheer quality and rock a lacy camisole underneath for a swexy touch. Tweed shorts and black peep-toe wedges will ensure you look both classy and cool!

Fluorescent Boucle Peplum Top, Topshop – $44

Who says the neon trend has to fade away with summer? Not us! A Chanel-inspired fluorescent top will be a great addition to your wardrobe. Cobalt ankle-length trousers and matching pumps will compliment this knit very well. As temps drop, add a lightweight leather jacket in a mahogany hue. Experimenting with these different textures will keep all eyes on you!

Top With Tutu Peplum, ASOS – $32.36

Let’s get something straight: extra fabric does not necessarily mean adding extra pounds. For the curvy vixens out there, this peplum top cinches higher than your natural waistline, which will give you a flattering hourglass shape. Dark jeans or trousers will look great with this teal color. Finish off with dark booties to elongate the legs and add a pop of color with a bold orange lip. Don’t be alarmed, everyone will be staring for good reason!

Tribal Print Peplum Corset, Charlotte Russe – $23.90

These type of African-inspired prints can certainly work for fall, and this black and white peplum top proves it! A corset fit is super flattering, and who can resist a sweetheart neckline? Not us, that’s for sure! Pair with jewel tone jeans (we’re digging the maroon color pictured above), metallic shoes and a bold clutch in crisp white to complete the look. Bring along a cropped sweater in a contrasting hue like chartreuse for an extra layer. Although, we doubt you’ll need the sweater since you’ll be looking so hot!

Bird Floral Silk Print Peplum Top, Tibi – $285

An investment? Sure. Gorgeous? Absolutely! We know you didn’t realize that a top with multi-color florals and birds was all that was missing from your closet. Well, now you know. Partner this top with leather pants, a chic cropped blazer and pointed-toe heels for a look that will work well in the office and during happy hour!

Jacquard Peplum Top, Rare London – $62.50

Jacquard print is a trend that we think you should stay on top of. This open-back peplum top is the perfect way to incorporate the look into your wardrobe. Since this top can easily shine by wearing all black, we think boyfriend jeans and pumps would look awesome and so unexpected! Lunch with the girls, anyone?

Pleat Peplum Top, Miss Selfridge – $49

Strategic pleating makes this sweet silhouette even sweeter. Rock this blouse under a a monochromatic pants suit for business as usual. Or toss on a maroon leather mini, opaque black tights and slender leather booties for a swexy upgrade. Add a jean jacket and you’re ready for  a pumpkin spice latte date or a girl’s night out.

Are you a fan of the peplum top? Which one of our picks do you love? Hate? Tell us in the comments.

Loren Lee is a freelance fashion writer living in Los Angeles, CA. View more of her musings on personal blog,

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