The Most Flattering and Slimming Top

Photo by Nick Chao. Model: Anna Wu. Peplum by Sally Esposito.

In all my years of loving fashion, I've never leaned toward the peplum. For a curvy girl like me, who has a small waist and wide hips, I always thought this would be a major fashion disaster and would showcase my figure in an unflattering way. I couldn't have been more wrong.

Recently, I tried on a peplum at Anthropologie and was thoroughly impressed with how it actually cinched in my waist and provided a slimming silhouette to my worrisome areas. Since then, I've been on a hunt for as many affordable peplums as I can find. I'm learning how to make them with my friend/fellow blogger Sally Esposito (who created the design above). A limited collection of these hand-made one-of-a-kind peplums (each one is slightly different) are for sale at Stripe, a boutique in Santa Cruz. If you can't get to Stripe, you can custom order one by contacting Esposito directly. Below are a collection of some of my favorites in all styles—pink and coral, floral, stripes, and polka dots. Trust me, this is one of the most figure-flattering silhouettes I've found thus far. (Shop the look below.)


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