The Best Peplum for Spring


Ted Baker peplum top, Banana Republic Skinny jeans, DSW wedges, Alexis Bittar earrings

Admittedly, I have purchased many a peplum top (here and here) in the hopes of finding one that fit. In theory, they are the perfect piece for pearshapes: they nip in at the waist creating definition, graze over the tummy and over the hips, and add to our already hourglass figure. However, when done improperly they end up making us look pregnant or disproportioned. Common issues include: peplums that hit just below the chest creating a dowdy appearance, too short at the bottom resulting in mis-proportion. This floral stunner from Ted Baker not only reaffirms my love for the brand, but my belief in the power of a well fitting peplum.


This particular top has crapped sleeves for a bit of extra coverage, and is made of a layered silk material for amazing drape. It is double layered so it is not see-through and has the most stunning floral print, perfect for warmer or cooler months.


It has a front slit (perfect for a larger chest), and seams that run straight down the front and back creating added definition. Finally, and most importantly, the peplum begins 2 inches below my bust, and hits a few inches above the largest/widest part of my hips. This allows my chest room to breathe and definition to be created between the bottom of my bust and the small of my waist. The length doesn’t accentuate my hips but grazes over the smallest part, adding width only where I want it.


Color me obsessed. Have you found a great fitting peplum? Do share!

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  • Lydia

    You look FABULOUS! I think this is one of my favorite outfits you’ve ever worn. Also just wanted to say I’ve been following your blog a few months now, and it has become one of my favs : ) Love how you’re representing us pear shaped ladies.

    • lhaber

      Thank you SO much Lydia! Your comment made my day!

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  • Lindsay

    I love your outfit, you look fantastic!

  • misslily

    you look amazing! this is such a good look for you. i think i made a serious peplum mistake the other day. i paired a just so so fitting peplum top with a full skirt. i just looked kinda chubby (i think). i think the top will work with tight fitting jeans though….

    • thepearshape

      Thanks Lily! I doubt you looked chubby in your outfit. Maybe try adding a belt? that would help cinch everything in

      • misslily

        you’re so right. waist definition makes everything look better on me. confession: i’m guilty of basically only owning belts that came along with dresses i’ve purchased. doh! rest assured they are now on my shopping list. i have a feeling belts are gonna change my life…

        • lhaber

          get belts get belts! Even if they are the super on sale ones at J.Crew, buy them! they’ll change your life

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