Class to Night Out: Peplum Dress

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Do you struggle with transforming your outfits from day to night? Don’t worry, CF is here to help turn that daily annoyance into a fun challenge. Class to Night Out focuses on one piece per week, and aims to help you take your look from study sessions in the library to dancing the night away.

Ah, peplum. It seems like ages ago that this trend was considered a bit of a fashion risk - as you've probably noticed, this sophisticated silhouette has been everywhere this season. It's a total favorite of red carpet celebs and fast fashion stores alike.

However, it can be difficult to tell where peplum fits into a college girl's wardrobe. It's a little too dressy to wear to a house party, and it's definitely too formal to wear to class, right?

Wrong. This week, I'll be showing you how to style an ivory dress with a "mini" peplum for both a day of classes and a night out.

Peplum Dress: Class

how to style a peplum dress for day with lavender cardigan skull waist belt mint backpack black ballet flats and gold studs


Dress, Cardigan, Belt, Flats, Backpack, Earrings

Keep your look casual but chic by adding unexpected pops of color to the dressed-down version of your look. Layer a lavender cardigan over your dress, cinching it with a studded, skull-detailed belt. This creates a stunning balance between the ultra-feminine peplum and edgy accessories. Add more contrast with an on-trend mint backpack. Keep your accessories simple and classic – black ballet flats with a subtle heel and rhinestone-encrusted flat studs tie look together.

Peplum Dress: Night Out

how to style a peplum dress for night with two toned bow heels snakeskin cross body bag gold clustered neckalce rose earrings and deep plum nails


Dress, Bag, Pumps, Necklace, Earrings, Nail Polish

Play up peplum's classic, elegant vibe by pairing your dress with sophisticated accessories for night. Two-toned shoes with studded bow detailing give your look an Old Hollywood vibe, while a bronze snakeskin cross-body bag adds a modern touch. Try a spiked necklace embellished with feminine details for a look that's both trendy and glamorous. Add another touch of sparkle with a pair of rose-shaped stud earrings surrounded by crystals, and complete the look by painting your nails a deep plum.

Your thoughts?

Would you wear a peplum dress to class? How would you style it? Be sure to let me know what you think of the outfits in the comments, I'd love to hear your thoughts!