Back by popular demand (and thanks to the Spring '13 runways), we're getting another dose of pretty peplum. It's not just the ladylike feel or ultraflattering, waist-cinching silhouette we love — Spring-perfect finishes like lace, graphic print, florals, and fresh stripes make this set way more appealing than your average tees. The fact that they can transition seamlessly from day to night or work to happy hour is just a bonus — in fact, we can hardly think of an occasion that you couldn't wear one of these pieces with the right accoutrements. We've handpicked 18 of our favorites; all you have to do is click through to shop yours.
Every guest will undoubtedly be dressed to the nines when the CFDA and Vogue join forces for a party. Emma Stone did just that at last night's ninth annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards in NYC. For the fancy occasion, the actress worked a navy satin bustier top and green sequin skirt, both by Burberry, with black suede Christian Louboutin pumps and Jennifer Meyer jewels. Emma's elegant colorblock number was not only flawless, but the luxurious colors and textures make it perfect for the holidays. Style a navy peplum bustier with a green sequin pencil skirt, cinch it with a black satin belt, then slip on classic pumps to nail Emma's glamorous look for a fashionable holiday season.
Kim Kardashian popped by the Christian Louboutin boutique in Miami wearing one of her favorite pieces: peplum. She paired her black leather peplum top with faded gray skinny jeans, which she cuffed at the bottom, then finished off with a sparkly rhinestone bib necklace and metallic pointy pumps. Of course she didn't leave home without her black crocodile Hermès tote, which added major luxe to her look. Kim's latest outfit is super simple to re-create. Just get a faux or real leather peplum top — a nonleather one will do, too — and wear it with your gray skinny jeans, then finish off with a statement necklace and equally dazzling metallic pumps. Shop similar pieces below to get started.
The Carrie Diaries isn't due to debut until January 2013, but last night the show was feted at the 2012 New York Television Festival. And naturally, lead actress who plays Carrie Bradshaw, AnnaSophia Robb, looked dazzling in a pre-Fall 2012 Emilio Pucci dress with a gold peplum top and black pencil skirt. She finished off with black Sergio Rossi slingback pumps — shop the metallic version here ($715) — and a red glittery clutch. While her dress isn't available online, you can easily re-create it by pairing up a gold peplum top with a black pencil skirt. Swap the skirt for wide-leg trousers for a menswear-inspired vibe.
Kim Kardashian exited her hotel in Miami working a chic-slash-sexy all-black ensemble. With her recent love affair with peplum, it's no surprise that she chose a black dotted long-sleeved peplum top. To balance out the femininity of her blouse, Kim wore a black miniskirt and Hollywood's favorite shoe of the moment, black minimalistic Givenchy ankle-strap sandals. To re-create Kim's look for your next monochromatic moment, sport this black DKNY peplum top ($235) with a fitted miniskirt, then finish off with streamlined black ankle-strap sandals.
Peplum is a huge Hollywood trend right now, and you can wear it many ways: casually glam like Ashley Madekwe did in LA, or professionally chic like actress America Ferrera's style in NYC. She paired a purple Elie Tahari peplum top — here are the black and aqua versions ($248) — with a black pencil skirt and purple suede Ash pumps. A simple gold bracelet and stud earrings completed her feminine and sleek look. Either invest in America's exact top in black or aqua, or get this similar ASOS peplum top ($38) to match with your pencil skirts for work.
Ashley Madekwe partied in major style in a black peplum top and high-waisted skinny jeans last night at an Elle event at LA's Soho House, but it was her knockout accessories that really turned up the heat. She worked her peplum and denim with spiked Christian Louboutin pumps, a British flag-printed Alexander McQueen clutch ($1,545), spiked-drop Topshop earrings ($28), and red lipstick. For your next fabulous party, pair a black peplum top with high-waisted skinny denim, spiked black pumps, and a funky box clutch to re-create Ashley's effortless glam.
Ashley Madekwe styled a full Tory Burch ensemble — orange peplum top ($331), frayed tweed shorts, and ankle-strap patent pumps ($375) — while hosting Fashion's Night Out at the designer's store in LA last night. Ashley's colorful ensemble was noteworthy on its own, but it was her navy floral-embellished Tory Burch bag that really shined. This ensemble will transition perfectly from Summer to Fall, so score her exact sweater and pumps to pair with tweed shorts for a night out with the girls, then slip on a pair of opaque tights when the temperatures start to cool.
Kim Kardashian stepped out in Studio City wearing an all-white ensemble consisting of a white Celine peplum top, which she's also worn with leather pants, motorcycle-style Balmain skinny jeans, and white Christian Louboutin pumps. Kim is clearly a fan of peplum as she also wore a nude peplum dress in Paris not too long ago. With Summer in our midst, it's the prime time to add a white peplum top to your mix. Whether you pick sleeveless, t-shirt style, or strapless, it'll add a sweet touch to any of your loud skirts, shorts, or bottoms. Shop our favorite white peplum tops to get the look now!