Professional, Smart & Chic – Lovely Peplum Tops for Fall 2012

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.

I’ve been a fan of peplums for years, so it’s been exciting to see so many different tops, blazers, skirts and dresses with peplums this year – a trend that will continue into Spring 2013.

What’s so great about a peplum? The combination of a fitted top with a flare at the waist is feminine, elegant and flattering for a lot of different figures. A peplum can either accentuate an hourglass shape on a woman with a curvy figure or create an hourglass shape on a women with a more athletic frame. (Shown below: Blake Lively, Emma Stone and Beyonce looking lovely in peplum designs)

Image courtesy of Lush Fab Glam

I’ve found peplum tops to be the most versatile addition to my wardrobe – you can easily dress them up for the office or dress them down for the weekend. Additional benefits of peplum tops: they are designed to be worn untucked (an issue that was addressed in yesterday’s Commandress post) and they are generally very comfortable to wear.

Here are some of my current favorites:

Trina Turk Femme Fatal Blouse in Taupe Floral (also available in Black Floral) – Made in the USA – available for $218 from Nordstrom and Trina Turk

Bobeau Ponte Peplum Top in Eggplant (also available in Teal, Black and Heather Charcoal) Made in the USA & Hand Washable – $58 from Nordstrom (similar Bobeau tops in solid colors and with polka dots are on sale for $37.50)

Hammered Satin Peplum Top – $78 from Ann Taylor (also available in petite and tall sizes)

Elie Tahari Gabby Top with asymmetrical ruffle in Aquarium (also available in Black) – $248 from Saks

Alice + Olivia Peplum Top – $220 from Net-a-Porter

Torn by Ronny Kobo Vivienne Parisian Folklore Top – Hand Washable – $254 from Shopbop

Ella Moss Fauna TopMade in the USA – $88 from Saks

Disclosure: this post includes affiliate links for Ann Taylor, Net-a-Porter, Nordstrom, SaksShopbop and Trina Turk.