Staple Series: The Perfect Peplum

Peplum tops have been big for about 4 years now, and their popularity grows each year. If you’re like me with a little extra “love” around your hips, a good peplum top is great at covering up the area you’re most self-conscious of, without looking like a tent. I honestly always have a tough time finding tops that I love, so when something fits me great and I feel amazing in it, there’s no question that it’ll come home with me.

This Free People peplum meets all my “must-have” criteria. It’s long enough to wear with jeans, made of easy-to-care for cotton, and has the greatest baggy scoop neck. The fit runs large, while I typically wear a L or XL in tops, I was able to size down to a M for this top, so smaller ladies definitely go with an XS.

I snagged it up in this great coral-y red color, but the top is so great and so comfortable I may end up purchasing a few more colors! It comes in 5 different color options including a great bright white and a really awesome dark gray while will be great with maroon denim come fall.

I love pairing this color specifically with my white distressed Old Navy Rockstar skinny jeans, and it also looks really good for warmer weather with this white denim skirt from Target.

I wear the top slightly off-the-shoulder for a fun and trendy style, and make sure to pair it with a neutral lip color, so nothing distracts from the awesome vibrancy of the top. While this top is a little pricier than most of my wardrobe picks, the amount I’ve worn it in the 2 weeks since purchasing make it well worth the money. I look at it as a price-per-wear cost instead of the total cost in general. I was buying a TON of stuff that was inexpensive, but I’d only wear once or twice. Being that I’ve already worn this 4 times in 2 weeks, my price-per-wear is going down more and more!

Moral of the Story: Sometimes it’s more important to grab key pieces that make you feel great that you get a lot of use out of, rather than buying a ton of things that don’t give you a lot of wear time.

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