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DD+ Outfit: Hello Peplum, It's Great to Finally Meet You


The weather was practically begging for an outfit post yesterday. I've been terrible about keeping these up, I'm such a wimp about taking pictures outside. I hate the cold! I don't know how other bloggers do it, their secret must be really, really cool coats. Now, I'm late to the party on this trend, but let's talk about peplum. Are you opposed? In favor?


This is the first time I've worn peplum so you could say I'm pretty late to this party. As I see it, we've got the pros: it's flattering for curvy figures, it's retro and often paired with other adorably vintage-inspired details, and it makes an otherwise basic t-shirt look super classy. The biggest con, for me personally, is the layering element. I wear cardigans and jackets year round and peplum doesn't particularly lend itself to serving as the base layer. I've had this top for months, but could only bring myself to wear it in 75° summertime weather. It looked awkwardly bumpy beneath any of my beloved knits before.

Hair Clip: Vintage | Top: Forever 21 | Jeans: Levi's Curve ID Bold | Pumps: Nine West outlet store (last year) 

I'm willing to keep an open mind about peplum because I've been lusting after this dress for awhile. Holly, who blogs at The Full Figured Chest, recommended it on Hourglassy and I've been obsessed with it ever since.

What's your take on peplum? 

Also, how the heck do you wear a sweater with it?! -- And, if you live in a warm climate: BOO! HISS! I can't even tell you how jealous I am. ;)

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  1. You look adorable. Work that Peter Pan collar!

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    1. Hahahaha, thank you! Encouragement always helps. :)

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  2. Wear it with some cropped sweaters/jackets, it's too cute to not be worn!! :-)

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    1. You're right, I know. I'm not sure I even own one...

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  3. Sooo cute! And the collar and sleeves really set it apart from other peplum styles. Does it have princess seams or bust darts? (I'm trying to take more photos outside as well. Already Pretty admits in the FAQs to her blog that it's really, really cold when she takes her photos in the winter, but her house is too dark for anything else.)

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    1. It has bust darts, but it's from Forever 21, so the tailoring isn't anything to write home about. Haha, I think it was $10 or $15, which is okay because I wanted to try out the look before committing to a pricier/better quality piece.

      I follow a New England style blogger and she looks calm and composed in winter shots. When I do it, my expression is, "Get me the hell out of here". Taking pictures in the summer is fun though! I think you'll like it.

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  4. How do you feel about the high neckline? I've heard us busty ladies should avoid high necklines but this looks great on you! I might have to re think my avoiding them.

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    1. Ah, I forgot to mention that part! Honestly, I tend to avoid higher necklines - I look a little...stuffed? But with this top, the white color draws the eye up and my bust is covered with black, which helps a lot. There's so much peplum available right now that I'm sure you could find a scoop, v-neck, or lower Peter Pan collar. :)

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  5. You look beautiful in this! So adorable and such a good looking fit.

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    1. Thank you, Antonia! You're too kind.

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  6. I am mega obsessed with peter pan collars and necklaces this season ans I've been stuffing my closets with peplum since last summer ^^
    So this outfit is a hit for me because I wear something very simmilar to work and Pair it with black patent flatforms from vagabond and my minnie mawi earrings
    http://www.polyvore.com/minnie_mawi_disney_couture_studded/thing?id=66048462 and I feel like a million bucks ^^
    Where did you get this top? I usually troll Midcloth for those :)

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    1. OHMYGOSH, those earrings are adorable!!


      Vee, I do the same exact thing and loooooove Peter Pan collars. I actually got this top at Forever 21, but there are MANY like it on my Modcloth wishlist. Ruche is another good place to find peplum -- shopruche.com :)

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  7. This looks great on you Cece! I like all aspects of it, though to see the top in a colour would be cool too. I know what you meant with the layering problem. I'm useless at finding warm outerwear that I also thinks looks good, so I just layer cardigans and a wool coat over layers of Ian merino long-sleeved tops in winter, which for me lasts about six months. I hate it.

    As for peplums, I love them but I think I can only wear peplums on a bottom piece. When I wear them on tops, my waist disappears entirely and I look shapeless. I think my waist is too high, so the peplum actually starts at my hips and makes them look huge while completely skipping over my waist.. If they're on bottoms, I can get the peplum to actually start at my waist. I don't like fitted skirts though (actually I love them, I just don't see them fitting into my style) so, long story short, I don't wear peplums!

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    1. Thank you! That's so sweet of you to say and yes, I think a colored version would've been cool. I almost never wear black tops, they make me look ill...but I had a weak moment for the monochrome. I've learned how to layer tops that have frou frou stuff near the neckline, but I am stumped about a top with biznatch in the middle. It might be a summer trend exclusively...

      Oh! And I'm glad you brought the peplum-waist factor up. I've noticed there's a big difference in peplum options and can eyeball when it's too long in the waist for me. It's tricky though since I also have to estimate how much "boob room" I'll take up. I love the peplum look, but that's the factor that kept me from finding anything until now.

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  8. So cute! I've been anti-peplum AND anti-Peter Pan collars up until now, but I really like them combined here. Who would have thought?? Only problem for me is my torso is very long, so the peplum piece always starts way high up on my body instead of at my actual waist and completely defeats the purpose of wearing a "waist-defining" style. :\

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  9. You look cute, but overall I have to say I'm opposed for personal reasons. I read your post a couple days ago and felt no need to comment until I tried some peplum for myself. Yesterday, I tried on a skirt with one of these things and wow, it looked awful. I am an hourglass (38-28-37) and tall (5'9"). I saw the skirt and thought, "Why not?" Well, it's the last time I'll think that. I put it on and I looked huge!! I actually said aloud in the dressing room, "Why on earth would I ever wear this?!" So, count me out for peplum because it makes my fairly slim hips look enormous!

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    1. Hey Allison, yeah...there are some god awful bits of peplum out there, but just like skinny jeans used to be years ago, it's a complicated trend. As some other commenters have mentioned, peplum comes in all sorts of varieties and works in all sorts of ways on different body types. My waist is high so I've got to target pieces that simultaneously hit my waist and hold enough room for my bust. And Leah (comment right above) has the opposite problem -- she needs ones that are longer. If you're interested in the trend (which hey, you might not be!), that old phrase is good to remember -- "so many fish in the sea..."

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  10. I think the top is super cute on you; however, I can appreciate your desire to layer. I have some tops/dresses that are warm weather only simply because I can't figure out how to layer something with them. The pepulum design is really flattering though, and I hope you get a chance to wear it more.

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    1. Thanks, SP! Someone mentioned cropped sweaters which, in the past, I haven't had success with, but I'll keep trying. Summer-only tops suck, Massachusetts has 2 1/2 months of actual warm weather so it's too narrow a window for my light pieces. I need to move someplace warmer...for my clothes, of course.

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