If this skirt looks familiar to you it's because I did a fashion post on it awhile back HERE. In that post I shared how I only put the skirt on for blogging purposes and that I have never worn it outside the house. I just could never find anything to go with it that I really liked. Well, seven months later and guess what? I found a top to go with my zebra print skirt, and I wore it outside the house!
And boy, did I get the compliments on this outfit. It made me wonder if I need to dress like this more often! I normally dress very casually, I just don't feel comfortable in dressy clothes. They don't feel like "me". But, I had this skirt hanging in my closet for a couple of years now feeling very neglected, so, it was time. Time to step out of my comfort zone and wear something a little different than my usual garb.
I had tried so many different tops with this skirt but nothing felt "perfect". And then one day I came to the conclusion that what I really needed with this style of skirt was a peplum top. But I hate peplum tops! Every peplum top I have ever tried on looked awful on me. I have always found them very clingy and the extra material around the midsection seemed to expand my already wide middle more. I would look at pictures of models wearing peplum tops, and they appeared loose around the waist, not clingy. I just assumed it was because models actually had a waistline and I don't. And then it dawned on me, what if I sized up? Then, maybe the top won't cling to my midsection and show every bump and bulge. Now, I normally wear a size small in everything so this time I tried a medium. And, it worked! Instead of the top clinging to my midsection, it was slightly loose and there were no more bumps and bulges! Yippee! I could now wear peplum tops! Why oh why didn't I think of sizing up in this style of top before?
I found my top at J.C. Penney. It is by Liz Claiborne and has a nice texture to it. It is a very sturdy, yet a flexible and comfortable top. I liked it so much I bought it in cream as well. It is also available in Deep Ruby, and I'm thinking of getting that one too!
I wore my new peplum top with a multi-strand pearl and silver chain necklace and a bright silver bracelet.
I probably should have grabbed a colorful clutch to wear with this outfit, but it was Sunday morning and I was rushing out the door for church so I carried my usual black bucket bag.
For shoes, I wore black suede wedges by Fergalicious from Famous Footwear. They are the same shoes I wore in my previous post and there are also much better pictures of them on that post as well. The sun was just not cooperating when these pictures were taken. It looks like I am wearing white or opaque tights in the picture below, when in fact, I just have nude pantyhose on.
Ah yes, another fashion lesson learned: when a style doesn't look good for your body type, try it in another size before giving up on it! I only wish I learned this lesson years ago when peplum tops were all the rage. However, they are a classic fashion staple that will never go out-of-style, so I'm sure I'll still get a lot of use out of mine!
Have a great day! Amy
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This is such a cute combo! I love the texture on your peplum top!ReplyDelete
I like it very much! Have a nice day, AgeethReplyDelete
You need to dress up more often Amy. You deserve all the compliments. I love that skirt. With the outfit I have on the blog today (though not shown) I wore a Zebra Trench-coat on top. I love Zebra prints. I agree about the Peplum top running small right where the hem of the peplum ruffle falls. Love your top and I think I need the red one you described. I have a cream one and a black one like yours, too.ReplyDelete
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What a fun skirt, and I'm loving it with the peplum top! Lately I've been sizing up in a lot of tops and sweaters because I like how they drape better. You look great!ReplyDelete
Great look Amy. I checked out the previous post where you wore this skirt, and I like it with the other shirt better, but this looks really nice too. You should try it with a jean jacket, like in a sample you posted in the older post, I think that would look amazing!ReplyDelete
I love the skirt with your peplum top. Great outfit!ReplyDelete
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You look great, love your skirt. Love, KirstenReplyDelete
Black and white is always a great way to look chic!ReplyDelete
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Oh, you look so pretty in this, Amy! That peplum top looks wonderful on you and perfect with your zebra skirt. I bet it looks really pretty in the ruby. Great look all around!ReplyDelete
If you get the ruby top...I bet it'll look just as nice with this skirt!! Can't wait to see it! jodieReplyDelete
You gave a classy twist to a crazy animal print. I like this look a lotReplyDelete
I love when a top can do that too something. Loving your peplum top here as it goes perfectly with the skirt.ReplyDelete
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That skirt looks super cool and I love how you styled it!ReplyDelete
I am crazy about animal prints. I'm really glad you found something to wear with that pencil skirt because it looks great on you. Thank you for adding your stylish point of view to the My Refined Style linkup!ReplyDelete
Great classic look with a twist! Love the peplum but the zebra print is someting you dont see as often, pretty print on you!ReplyDelete
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