Monday, January 21, 2013

A Little Pep(lum) in my Step


Peplum continues to hold strong in the world of fashion. I haven't allowed myself to go crazy with the trend because I kept thinking it had to be on its way out, but fashion forecasts are saying it's still going to be super hot for spring 2013 as well. I know lots of women who find themselves intimidated by peplum, afraid that it will make them look wider, but personally, I find peplum to have the opposite effect. I think when used correctly, peplum is universally flattering.


However, as a woman who has struggled with self esteem issues in the past, I understand the reluctance to try something different. To step out of your comfort zone is a scary proposition for many women. At the same time, I KNOW it is one of the most liberating things you can possibly do for yourself. How scared do you think I was the first time I wore RED tights to work? Teenagers are brutally honest, and brutally cruel, so I had to deal with them, along with coworkers. But something magical happened.


I got complimented. A lot. So  many girls (and grown women!) came up to me, telling me how great I looked, how much they loved it, how they wish they had the courage to try something different. The next week I noticed a quiet girl, the very definition of a wallflower, in a similar outfit, right down to the bright red tights. And she was beaming as friends and teachers told her how great she looked. She thanked me that day. I have never forgotten.

Goofy Face, Awesome Clothes
Peplum Top- c/o Gwynnie Bee Pencil Skirt- c/o Kiyonna
Red Tights- Target Red Shoes- Cato's

I am continuing my partnership with Gwynnie Bee into 2013 (see my intro post for more information), and I am thrilled. This is a company I believe in. I love getting emails from readers showing me their Gwynnie Bee creations, thanking ME for giving them the confidence to step out of their comfort zone and try something different and new. I love interacting with other Gwynnie Bee subscribers on Facebook and Twitter. A year ago, I would have been too scared to wear peplum, and now here I am telling you how great it makes me feel to stand out from the crowd.

I encourage you to break out of your shell and try something you've never worn before. Maybe it's red lipstick (or red tights!). Maybe it's a pencil skirt or a form-fitting dress. Maybe it's a peplum top. Gwynnie Bee is a great way to try something new, and it's truly "Clothing without Commitment." If you don't like it, if you don't feel like a million bucks, all you have to do is return it and try something else! If you'd like to try out Gwynnie Bee for 2013, follow this link for an invitation and an exclusive offer to get one month free.

Note: I do receive a commission on all who sign up for Gwynnie Bee and stay with them past the 30-day trial.  However, I write about them so much because I truly believe in this company and what they offer to plus size and cusp-sized women.  Anything I write I write from my heart with full honesty.

25 comments:

Heather Boschke said...

Yes! I LOVE THIS LOOK! I LOOOOVE that you went for it and wore red tights too - you continue to inspire me with your fearless fashion! Red white and black never looked so fab :)

XO
www.pearlsandpaws.blogspot.com

Annie said...

I really love that peplum top on you Katie! And your red tights are awesome :)

Annie

The Other Side of Gray

Jenny Lauren said...

Katie, what a fabulous story about your student! :) That must have made you feel so wonderful! Well, I can see why you received so many compliments because you seriously look gorgeous. This outfit is the perfect mix of chic and trendy. It really looks great on you.

xo Jenny
www.crazystylelove.com

Sharon S said...

I LOVE the striped peplum top, it looks great on you! And I admire you for wearing red tights! I am still a little scared of the colored tights trend but you are rocking it.

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart
JCrew Giveaway!

Always Maylee said...

Katie, I LOVE this outfit. I love the black, white, and red combo. It's so classy and chic. The peplum top looks awesome on you, and is definitely very flattering! I love that you went with red tights, so fun!

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

ashleigh said...

I still have not found a peplum top that I found flattering on me, however this one is super cute on you!
This is why I love fashion blogs. I get to see how a peplum looks in real life on a person with a real body, not a model. The first time I wore colored tights to work.....ah. My coworkers still talk about it. But they shan't keep me down. You look awesome. A very inspiring post!
-Ash
www.stylizedwannabe.blogspot.com

Feathers & Freckles said...

I love that story about the shy girl wearing bright tights after you... so flattering and sweet! I think fashion should be fun and all about experimenting with new things to see what works. This peplum top is darling!

Brynn said...

Katie, one of the reasons I love your blog so much is because you're so honest!!! I loved this whole story. I can tell from the pictures that you feel incredible in that outfit - and you look it, too! I adore the red tights.

cheapchicinchicago said...

I love this look! The red tights are perfect! Black and white stripes with red accents are so Parisienne to me.

grownandcurvywoman said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS!!! That top is EVERYTHING! Youve inspired me to wear red tights...seriously!

Chris Williams said...

You look great and you always seem so confident. My favorite part is the little girl you encouraged to embrace herself... love it!

kristian satterlee said...

Love the bold, bright pairings!


www.withoutastyle.com

Going Loopy said...

Peplums are awesome! I remember one of the first "dressy" dresses I bought in high school had a peplum, and I remember being awed at how it made me look like I had a waist (I don't really have much of one). I'm so glad it's back as a trend. Your outfit is amazing...I love it. You're so cute. And I love how it inspired a student! (PS - I found you through Hailey and Kiyonna.)

thirties girl said...

Red, black and white are power colors, especially when paired together, and especially with bold stripes. Women instinctively know and respond to this, even if they don't know exactly why they're responding to the colors and patterns. And when you put them together in a truly sharp outfit, the way you have here, you can do no wrong.



Power colors and bold, simple patterns attract the eye more quickly than more subtle colors and patterns. Men, especially, respond to this, since they're very visual creatures, and women instinctively know this, which is why they respond to power colors and bold patterns.


My opinion on peplums... I think they're great and, no matter how 'trendy,' the peplum is a classic style silhouette and will never go out of style. That said, I don't think they work on everybody. My body shape, in particular, is not well suited to the peplum. I carry most of my weight in my torso and tum. ...Well, especially my tum. My boobs used to be the most prominent thing on my body, but in the past few years, my tum has definitely caught up and become as prominent. Tops that have a defined seam right at the belly area, combined with fabric that flares out around the belly area don't help the tum look less prominent, but actually tend to draw more attention to it. If I had a less prominent tum, I'm sure I'd look great in peplum tops. But with my body shape as it is now, it's one classic style silhouette that doesn't look good on me.

NikeOnile said...

Oh you look absolutely fab! Love the bold colours. Reminds me of summer and that'a a reminder that I need with this freezing cols outside.

xo

-Nike O.

www.eighthundredsqft.com

Audrey @ Putting Me Together said...

That is SUCH an awesome story about the red tights and that girl. I love love love looooooooooove it. :D

natashaufl said...

Lovin' all the red.... which reminds me that I should really incorporate more red into my wardrobe!

xo, tasha
twenty-something blog

Sarah Welsch said...

That is a great outfit! I love th pop of color with the tights!

Sarah

www.etsy.com/shop/owleyevintage

Crystal said...

I have no idea why I don't have any peplum in my life yet! You look smashing as usual! I love how you are not afraid of color!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

I agree. When things like that happen I KNOW I am doing something important with this "silly fashion stuff", you know?

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

That's very interesting about the colors and patterns, and it makes a lot of sense.

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

So glad you found me!!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Seriously, can't wait to see you in some!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

I agree with you about fashion blogs, that's one of the main reasons I read too!


I'm sure I have a few co-workers still wagging their tongues as well. Lame!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Since I think you are the QUEEN of chic and trendy I am taking that as a supreme compliment! Seriously!

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