Don't Ditch This Top Just Yet—We Have Some Stylish Ways to Wear It

What’s that? You also haven’t heard the words “peplum top” since 2005 either? We’re with you there. Although the feminine top has been out of the forefront for some time, stylish women have been quietly wearing the silhouette in the most polished, elegant ways. The super-flattering style nips you in right at your waist, flaring out at your hips to accentuate an hourglass figure. From the printed sets to the most polished suits, see all the chic ways to wear a peplum top that have us giving the pretty style another glance.

Go on to see the outfits that have us inspired to reach for a peplum top.


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Who: Kate Middleton

Of course Kate Middleton wore a peplum-style jacket in the most elegant way with her skirt set.


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Who: Carine Roitfeld

The dainty print of this set makes the top feel so fun.


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Who: Laura Harrier

Shop similar: Oscar de la Renta Gingham Belted Peplum Top ($1890)

Printed sets are quite possibly our favorite way to wear this pretty top. In red gingham, it makes for the ideal summer outfit.


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Who: Emma Roberts

Shop similar: A.L.C. Cossette One-Shoulder Peplum Top ($395)

Emma Roberts dresses up a pair light-wash denim with a cool off-the-shoulder version of the classic peplum.


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Who: Heidi Klum

Take a cue from Heidi and highlight your waist even more by wearing a statement belt over your peplum top.


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Who: Zoe Saldana

Shop similar: & Other Stories Peplum Top ($95)

Zoe Saldana makes a strong case for the more relaxed peplum top.


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Who: Franca Sozzani

Shop similar: Reem Acra Off-the-Shoulder Leather Peplum Top ($1895)

In black leather, this proves that the feminine silhouette isn’t only for the girly-girls out there.


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Become the pantsuit version of the dancin-girl emoji in a bright red suit with a flared jacket.


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Create the same kind of hourglass illusion by adding a wide belt to a boxy blazer.


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Matching sets! Again! We love how the coordination of a two-piece set highlights a peplum top’s flared shape.


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Shop similar: Harvey Faircloth Cotton Peplum Field Jacket ($450)

Yes, peplum jackets exist too, and they’re equally as cute.


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Double up on the flared shapeswear your peplum top with retro-style “cha-cha” pants.


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Tailored and classic, this jacket-skirt set is a perfect option for an important meeting or interview.

Next up, shop the 22 stylish tops that actually go with everything.


Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.