Class to Night Out: Peplum Top

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The peplum trend on the runway at J. Mendel, Zac Posen, and Karen Walker


Peplum at J. Mendel, Zac Posen, and Karen Walker SS 2012 | Photo Credit

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.

Name a celebrity who hasn't looked absolutely stunning in peplum this year. I definitely can't. Peplum is so chic and flattering that it's no surprise to see it on every red carpet and topping "hot trend" lists everywhere.

I've been meaning to incorporate peplum into a post for a while, so I'm happy to finally do it today! Inspired by Charlize Theron's flawless look at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, this week I'll be showing you how to style a simple white peplum top for class and a night out. 'Cause who says you can't look elegant at an 8 a.m. lecture (or just running errands)?

Peplum Top: Class

how to wear a white peplum top for day with pink shorts tan leather tote gladiator sandals pink bead earrings and pastel bangles


Top, Shorts, Bag, Sandals, Bangles, Earrings

To give your peplum top a casual vibe, pair it with some fun colored denim shorts -  I love these pale pink ones for summer. Kick back with a pair of laid-back gladiator sandals and a matching leather tote. Accessorize with fun details, like candy-colored bangles and beaded stud earrings in a gorgeous coral hue.

Peplum Top: Night Out

how to wear a white peplum top for night with black skinny jeans black wedges gold geometric earrings and mint cross body bag


Top, Jeans, Wedges, Bag, Earrings

Pair your top with high-waisted black skinny jeans for a classic night out look that's totally chic. This monochromatic ensemble will make the dramatic shape of the peplum really stand out. Add a pair of geometric gold earrings to liven the look up a little, and try strappy black wedges for extra oomph. For a pop of color, finish with a mint green cross-body bag.

What do you think?

Would you wear peplum, or is it strictly for the red carpet? What do you think of the outfits? Be sure to let me know your thoughts in the comments, I'd love to hear them!