Style Spotlight on Peplum

Last week, fashion blogger Emily Schuman (Cupcakes and Cashmere) wore an adorable bustier peplum dress by ADDISON, and we haven’t been able to get peplum off our minds since. From Francesco Scognamiglio at Milan Womenswear Fashion Week to Stephen Burrows at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, peplums have been making the rounds at international fashion shows. Unlike some runway trends, though, peplums are easily transferable to real-life wear, whether for the office or a night out. Here, we’ve highlighted four of our favorite peplums for the spring:

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Sweetheart Lace Peplum Top, Anthropologie
If you’re intimidated by the peplum trend, this is the top for you. Its neutral colors and lace pattern make it a versatile piece – wear the tube top alone for a night out, or dress it up with a blazer and skinny pants (a la the photo on the right) to make it office-appropriate.

David Meister Pleated Peplum Dress

David Meister Pleated Peplum Dress, Saks Fifth Avenue
David Meister nailed the “classic and elegant” look with this dress. Details like a foldover cowl neckline, slender belt and, of course, pleated front peplum, give this otherwise simple navy dress plenty of character.

Faux Leather Peplum Top

Faux Leather Peplum Top, Zara
Even though peplum first became popular in the 1940’s, it doesn’t have to scream old-fashioned. Those of you searching for an edgier way to wear peplum will appreciate this faux leather top by Spanish retailer Zara. We imagine it’s what Lara Croft (the Angelina Jolie movie version) would wear for a night out on the town.

Eyelet Peplum

Eyelet Peplum, Free People
Leave it to boho-chic retailer Free People to create a peplum piece that screams summer. This eyelet peplum tunic top features a bustier-style front, removable shoulder straps, and raw edges. It’s available in two colors – denim blue and strawberry pink – both of which would be perfect with flip flops and your favorite pair of worn-in jeans.

Photo credits: anthropologie.com, saksfifthavenue.com, zara.com, freepeople.com

Festive Frocks For Under $100!

In the spirit of the season, we’ve been bringing you fun, festive ideas on how to elevate your look for the holidays, be it at the office party or new beauty tricks to try. Now that we’re in the thick of soiree season—this weekend alone, we have a holiday housewarming brunch, coworker cocktails and a white elephant exchange—we’re taking the stress out of holiday dressing with a roundup of our favorite frocks, all for under $100!

MM COUTURE, $89

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Sparkle all night in MM Couture’s dazzling skirt dress ($89 from Piperlime, get an extra 20% with code HOLIDAY), featuring a sequined gold skirt and blousy jade top. Pair with nude pumps for an extra leg-lengthening effect.

TOPSHOP, $84

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Topshop’s cherry red skater dress ($84, score free shipping!) makes our spirits bright, thanks to a festive red hue and full-skirted silhouette. Try cinching it with an ornate belt to add extra sparkle and accentuate your silhouette.

ALI RO, $35

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Put the Midas touch on your holiday look with Ali Ro’s golden Grecian dress (on sale for $34.62 from $285 at Neiman Marcus Last Call, use code LCDEC75 for free shipping on orders over $75), spun of gleaming taffeta and dressed up with bow-topped shoulder and pleated sweetheart neckline.

VICTORIA’S SECRET, $70

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Steal kisses under the mistletoe in a seductive silhouette, like Victoria Secret’s Multi Way dress ($69.50, free shipping with code SHIPANY). Crafted of flattering matte jersey, it comes in 4 colors and can be worn a whopping 10 different ways (halter, strapless, V-neck, one-shoulder and so on…) to carry you through the season. If the vibe of the party is on the conservative side, top with a shrunken tuxedo jacket to balance proportions.

J.CREW, $99 

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Look pretty in pink with J.Crew’s bright Sinclaire dress ($99, take and extra 30% off + free shipping with code WISHLIST). The vibrant color makes it a perfect choice for the holidays, though the whisper-weight fabric works well for all of spring’s social events.

ADRIANNA PAPELL, $65

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With crisp tiers and graphic neckline, we think this jazzy little number by Adrianna Papell ($64.35 at Bluefly, take $40 off your order of $200 with code FLY40) is black, white and delightful allover. Channel a modern Holly Golightly by pulling hair back into a French twist and show off a pair of sparkly earrings.

ZARA, $70

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Whether the invite calls for creative cocktail or black tie optional, we can always count on Zara to find the perfect LBD for every occasion. Case in point: this coquettish dress ($69.90) trimmed with lace and chic ruffles.

ELISE RYAN, $39

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Make the rounds in this party-perfect dress by Elise Ryan ($38.70 at Asos), spun of floral lace with a sweetheart neck and scalloped hemline for an extra dose of demure. (While at Asos, send fun holiday e-cards to friends!)