The season of layers, flat boots and comfort is upon us. Uh, no, forget that. This fall, you will be looking as fashion-forward (albeit maybe a bit more layered) as any season. So while we’re all for the practicality (and style too!) of a wooly warm knit, the real standout piece you’ve got to have this autumn is the slim, pencil-skirted peplum dress. In black, like our $96 Topshop scoop-neck version, this one dress can take you from work, to date night, to a night out in the city. Read on for three ways to wear this figure flattering, affordable peplum dress we’re head over high heels for. (Flat boots be damned).
We love that the high neck and prim pencil skirt of the dress is appropriate for work. If the length is a concern, pair it with sheer black nylons in addition to these sophisticated yet fun add-ons we’ve picked for our work look. Start with a bold-hued blazer like our BCBG Max Azria punch-coloured one-button version, and you’ll evoke positive inter-office reactions. Bright studs like these by Pim + Larkin and Printed pumps with a prim cap toe, like our J. Crew ones, are the perfect finish.
Shop The Look: BCBG MaxAzria Curved Hem Blazer, $423, Farfetch
Shop The Look: Everly Cap Toe Printed T-Strap Pumps, $219, J. Crew
Shop The Look: Pim + Larkin Round Cabachon Stud Earrings, $16, Piperlime
Eventually you may end up in pjs on the couch with pizza when it comes to date night, but for now, we’re talking a night out for wining, dining and romance. You’ll be the eye candy on his arm in this on-trend statement necklace to add gorgeous detail to the simple neckline of your peplum dress. Finally, sexy Betsey Johnson ankle-strap heels are key to wowing him, and you can carry your touch-up gloss in this abstract Asos clutch.
Shop The Look: Cara Accessories Multi Stone Statement Necklace, $79, Nordstrom
Shop The Look: Betsey Johnson Belll Pumps, $143, Nordstrom
Shop The Look: Asos Haunted Flower Print Metal Corner Clutch, $28, Asos
Who said a mini-skirt is the only option for a night out? This look is lush and expensive looking with R. J. Graziano bangles, an edgy on-trend bordeaux leather bomber by Twin Set, and sky-high Jeffrey Campbell show-stopper booties. Next time your girls ask you to clear your schedule for a party evening, don’t worry about your outfit. Just take out your go-to dress!
Shop The Look: Twin Set Leather Bomber, $334, Farfetch
Shop The Look: Jeffrey Campbell Studded Ankle Boot, $250, Farfetch
Shop The Look: R.J. Graziano Mixed Metal Set of Bangles, $163, Stylebop