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Five Ways to Wear A Peplum Top

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One of the hottest trends of 2012 is the peplum. You can find peplum skirts and peplum dresses just about everywhere, but peplum tops in particular can be tricky to pair up. Keep reading for five different ways to style your peplum.

1. School Days

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It is entirely possible to keep it casual and sport a peplum on school days. Look for a peplum top in a comfy fabric, like jersey, or with sporty details like an exposed zipper. Pair them with skinny jeans, preferably something fun like a pair of floral print jeans, and a cross-body to store your stuff in.

Top: Zipper-Back Peplum Top, $19.99 at CharlotteRusse.com
Jeans: Current Elliott The Stiletto in Haystack Printed Floral, $128.40 at Goldyn.com
Earrings: Marc by Marc Jacobs Golden Bird Studs, $50 at StyleBop.com
Shoes: Tibi Women's Chelsea Ankle-Wrap Sandal, $78.41 at Amazon.com
Bag: nicole by Nicole Miller Mia Mini Crossbody, $25 at JcPenney.com
Necklace: Lisa Stewart "Modern Myth" Large 14k Gold-Plated Love Pendant, $35 at Endless.com

2. Interview Chic

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A peplum is the perfect piece of clothing to wear in a professional setting, because it’s equal parts professional and stylish. Look for a peplum with a high neckline, in a muted color, and pair it with a black pencil skirt. Since a peplum top already has an a-line shape, stay away from pairing one with a full skirt. You can add a little flair to this look by pairing it with a contrasting geometric statement necklace; it will definitely make an impression at an interview for a stylish boutique.

Top: ASOS CURVE Exclusive Top With Peplum Hem, $36.45 at Asos.com
Skirt: ASOS CURVE Midi Skirt In Jersey, $24.86 at Asos.com
Shoes: Deviaate, $44.99 at SteveMadden.com
Necklace: Haskell Necklace, Gold Tone Teal Geometric Frontal Necklace, $42.50 at Macys.com
Ring: Frigeel, $12 at Aldo.com
Bag: Urban Expressions Braid Satchel, $89 at UrbanOutfiters.com

3. Prints

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Although there are tons of cute peplums in solid colors, printed peplums can be even more fun because they mix two fun trends together. Don't be afraid to pair a multicolored peplum with bright colored bottoms. Stick to a pair of skinny jeans and stay away from pairing the top with flares or wide leg jeans.

Top: Moa Moa Striped Peplum Tank $24 at Dillards.com.
Jeans: Lauren Ralph Lauren Petites Slimming Modern Ankle Jeans $31.32 at Dillards.com
Ring: Gold Star Ring $26 at BaubleBar.com
Shoes: Forever 21.com Pointed Patent Flats, $16.80
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff - Mini 5 Zip Clutch, $156 at Zappos.com

4. Hipster

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Yes, even an uber girly and totally prim style like a peplum top can fit the hipster aesthetic. The key is to look for a non-conventional peplum; look for one that's shorter than average, has pleats, or an asymmetric hemline. Pair it with printed or studded high waist cut-off shorts, over the knees or tights, and lots of spiky jewelry.

Shorts: Citizens Of Humanity Chloe High Waisted Short, $172 by PinkMascara.com
Top: Oh My Love Bandeau Peplum Top, $42.58 by Asos.com
Rings: Shark Tooth Ring Set, $30 by TopShop.com
Stockings: Aristoc Ultra 10 denier shine stockings, $7 by Figleaves.com
Necklace: 3-Drop Hammered Pendant Necklace, $34.90 by TheLimited.com

5. Night Out

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Whether you’re going on your first date or heading to a club with your girlfriends, opt for a peplum top with a slightly sexier cut, like a tank, halter or plunging neckline. Pair it with a short body con skirt, flashy heels and a fun, bright colored clutch that will add a bit of texture to your look.

Top: Oh My Love Sleeveless Peplum Top, $47.68 at Asos.com
Skirt: Gabriella Rocha Hadria Skirt, $24.99 at 6pm.com
Necklace: Flat Geo Triangle Necklace, $28 at TopShop.com
Bag: Deux Lux 'Empire' Nylon Clutch, $102 at Nordstrom.com
Shoes: Michael Antonio Tipton Sandal, $39.95 at DSW.com
Earrings: Curved Triangle Studs, $20 at TopShop.com

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