peplum fashion sketch

It’s been a while since we’ve done one of these posts (since October actually!). But my sister, Michele Frechette, and I finally got it together and are teaming up again to show off a trend that is surprisingly versatile.

As I said in the first Versatile Files post, I’m way too cheap to spend my money on pieces that have incredibly specific uses. If it can’t be dressed up and dressed down, I generally can’t be bothered–especially when it comes to trendy pieces that could end up looking dated by next season. Versatility is key and it’s our mission to show you pieces that will work for you no matter where you need to go.

This time it’s the peplum top.

peplum fashion sketch

I should say that I haven’t tried this one. Being a little wide in the hip and thick in the gut at the moment, it scares me. I’m afraid of anything that will draw attention to the danger zone or–worse yet–enhance the chub. That said, if you find a peplum top that hits you in the right places (meaning it nips in at your smallest spot and flares out over the rest), it can actually be slimming–just like an a-line skirt.

My plan is to lose a bit more weight (I’ve got about 15 pounds to go) and then treat myself to some cute springy clothes–including peplum.

Here’s a closer look at a few of the ways you can dress it up and down…

business peplum

Urban Outfitters peplum top / Banana Republic pencil skirt / Kate Spade leather bow bracelet / Matt & Nat satchel / Seychelles bootie

The structure of this peplum top immediately makes it a perfect choice for a business setting. Add a pencil skirt, no nonsense bag and killer booties and you are ready to conquer just about anything.

I love the pop of color and attitude the orange top provides without being obnoxious or inappropriate for a big meeting. The addition of complementary cobalt makes the look even bolder and more pulled together.

Basically, this look is pretty much a tutorial for how to look like a boss.

casual peplum

Urban Outfitters peplum top / Express jeans / Grace Hats beanie / H&M scarf / Mia flats

This could be my new power uniform. I’m completely in love. The structure of the peplum makes this look seem a little more put together than if you just threw on a t-shirt, yet it’s just as comfy.

The beanie, scarf, and metallic capped flats are pretty much the perfect accessories for running errands in. You’ll be nice and cozy and comfortable without looking like you rolled out of bed, dressed the kids and dragged everyone into the car.

No one needs to know if that’s what you actually did.

night out peplum

Urban Outfitters peplum top / ASOS sequin panel leggings / ModCloth headband / ASOS clutch / ASOS belt / MIA pumps

I don’t get many of these (which is not as much a complaint as a fact), but a girl can dream, right? If I had some fun and borderline fancy plans one night, I’d have to go all out. For me, this means sparkle. It would be a certified sequin overload.

These sequin leggings are kind of amazing. Why not go a little wild and wear them? Add more sequins in your hair and some fab accessories and you’re set to dance the night away.

Note: I would probably break an ankle in those heels but my sister could totally rock them. If you’re like her, keep the do it up big theme rolling. If you’re a spazz like me, a pair of booties might save you a trip to the ER 😉

Big thanks to my sister for her awesome fashion sketch skills! Check out her website and tell her how amazing she is in the comments!

Written by Jennifer Garry
Jen is a freelance writer and girl mom from New York. When she's not knee-deep in glittery crafts and girl talk, you can probably find her sprawled across her couch in the middle of a Netflix marathon with dark chocolate smeared on her face. The struggle is real.