Everywhere I turn lately, I'm inundated by peplum tops. For a while there, it was all I could do to avoid the peplum dress (not that I'd want to, of course - not something that fiercely fabulous). The top is just as chic, offering the same flattering fit and fun silhouette. Perfect with everything from skinny jeans to sleek pencil skirts, peplum tops are completely deserving of the hype.
Awash in polka dots, this playful Charlotte Russe Peplum Top ($24.99) is a fun place to start. It's affordable, it's easy to wear and it happens to be rather sexy, too. The exposed-zip back is right on trend. Available exclusively online, it features a classic scoop neck and the traditional flared peplum hem, perfect for throwing on over a sleek skirt.
If you've contemplated the practicality of introducing this trend to your wardrobe, you might find a happy medium here. The Eight Sixty Peplum Top ($58) is like the T-shirt of the peplum world - soft and relaxed, with such a versatile spirit about it. Worn with jeans on a casual weekend or with a skirt to the office, it will dress up your look just enough.
Always at the forefront of style, Tibi fashions a less exaggerated take on the look. The label's Printed Peplum Top ($285) features a brilliant floral and sparrow print that feels decidedly vintage. The pattern makes a statement on its own, so it's best to pair this with a solid bottom to let both the artwork and the silhouette stand out without competition.
For all the casual and day-appropriate peplum tops out there, there are some that are simply best suited for after hours. This Topshop Textured Lace Peplum Top ($56) definitely qualifies - it's a flirty interpretation of the classic style. Slip it on with a slim black skirt to create a dress-like effect.