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Fabulous Find of the Week: Forever 21 Peplum Top


All things peplum are hot for fall, so for this week’s Fabulous Find, we found a chic peplum top from the place to go for trendy and budget-friendly pieces: Forever 21.

The top comes in a rich red hue that’s perfect for fall, while the material has a luxe, almost quilted texture. This is the type of top that can work for every occasion, whether you’re headed to classes or an internship or even to a formal soiree. The best part? You can snag this gorgeous top for under $15 – talk about bang for your buck!

If you’re ready to see what the top looks like, simply scroll on down to check it out as well as three ways to style our Fab Find for fall:

The Top:

CF Fabulous Find Forever 21 Peplum Top
Matelassé Peplum Top in Red — $14.80 at Forever 21

Outfit Inspiration

If you like this luxe and inexpensive top then you’re going to love the outfits we put together for inspiration. Read on to find out three stylish ways to wear this week’s Fabulous Find:

Outfit #1: Low-Key Dressy

CF Fabulous Find Forever 21 Peplum Top Outfit 1
Product Info: Top- Forever 21, Necklace- Nordstrom, Shorts- H&M, Tights- The Limited, Bag- Target

For the first look, we wanted to play up the textured material of the top by pairing it with some gorgeous lace shorts. Sheer tights add an extra layer of warmth and a stylish touch. A trendy silver collar necklace gives the outfit an extra dose of glamour, while a black cross-body bag is both practical and chic. This outfit would be a fashion-forward look for a dinner date or other similar occasion.

Outfit #2: Autumn Hues

CF Fabulous Find Forever 21 Peplum Top Outfit 2
Product Info: Top- Forever 21, Earrings- Forever 21, Bag- Deb, Shoes- DSW, Jeans- Wallis, Watch- Bakers

To make this peplum top work for daytime, the most obvious choice is to pair it with skinny jeans. However, instead of your basic blue skinnies, we decided to go with a trendy pair of plum-colored jeans, which create an almost monochromatic look when paired with the red blouse. Cozy ankle booties keep the look casual while a trendy leopard print backpack makes the outfit perfect for class. For the finishing touch, accessorize with a menswear-inspired watch and sparkling stud earrings.

Outfit #3: Trendy & Glamorous

CF Fabulous Find Forever 21 Peplum Top Outfit 3
Product Info: Top- Forever 21, Skirt- ModCloth, Belt- Warehouse, Shoes- Zara, Ring- The Limited, Bag- H&M

Our final look is the dressiest of the bunch, making it a great ensemble for a formal occasion. Start by paring the blouse with a sleek black pencil skirt, which really accentuates that peplum silhouette. A snake print belt helps create an hourglass shape, while pointy-toe pumps elongate the legs. Accessorize with a white box clutch and red stone ring for a dressy and on-trend look.

Your thoughts?

What do you think of this week’s Fabulous Find? Would you buy this peplum top from Forever 21? Which look is your favorite? How would you wear the top? Remember to leave a comment below and tell us what you think!

Posted on on September 3, 2012 / Filed Under: Shopping / Tags: , , , , ,

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5 Responses to “Fabulous Find of the Week: Forever 21 Peplum Top”

  1. 1
    September 3rd, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    I really like the second two looks and the color of the top! I worry about pairing this peplum top with the lace shorts. With the fabrics of both and the cut of the top reminiscent of the Tudor or Romantic period aesthetic (historical or fictional), combined with little Pageboy shorts… you may look like you are in a period costume to head off to perform Shakespeare or a Renaissance Faire.


  2. 2
    September 3rd, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Really nice outfit picks! (:

  3. 3
    September 4th, 2012 at 12:17 am

    I like #3 . Hover very vertiisale for all three. Great price

  4. 4
    September 4th, 2012 at 8:43 am

    I keep looking for a vertical striped peplum top but I don’t know if that will slim me or flatter my chest/hips, how would recommend this trend be done for those of us who are already curvy?

  5. 5
    September 4th, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Just tried this on a week or so ago! They also have it in a pretty mustard (one of my fave colors to wear) however it was so thick! I was thinking about wearing it with a pencil skirt for an event I have this weekend but I thought it’d be too hot. Perfect for Fall/Winter though and soooo darn cheap.

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