I generally steered clear of peplum tops because depending on where the peplum detail was situated, they always seemed to make my hips look wider. I found it increasingly difficult to find one that was flattering to my apple-type body. However, when I spotted this version on Laura's blog, I felt like it may just work for me.
The reason why this peplum top appealed to me is probably because it's not your conventional, run-of-the-mill peplum top. The peplum detailing is soft, flowing and originates from the highest point of your waist, giving a more stream-lined and flattering appearance. The blouse is made from lightweight chiffon and with the addition of soft pleating, it gives it a lovely fluid quality.
Leather Jacket: Next Signature
Skirt: Miss Selfridge
Watch: Michael Kors
Despite my 5'7 frame, I bought the petite version which actually falls just at the right point for my figure. I was worried the blouse might not suit a larger-chested lady but worn with a statement necklace, it takes subtlely interrupts the area between your chest and your neckline, balancing the proportions nicely.
I wanted to toughen up the ladylike chiffon blouse with a leather jacket, heavier jewellery and my new studded Zara boots. Alternatively, I think the blouse would work just as well with skinny jeans, giving a nice contrast to the flowing sleeves. I was pleasantly surprised with this blouse, it's bargain basement price and how easy it is to take care of.
The best thing about this top is that although it features a transient seasonal trend like the peplum, it's a softer version that looks more classical in style. This means I can keep wearing it even when the trend fades without feeling like I'm flogging a dead horse. We love trend-driven pieces that can transcend seasons.