Outfit Ideas: 1 Leather Peplum, 3 Ways

We show you how to wear this trendy piece whether it’s Monday morning, Saturday night, or Sunday afternoon.

Some say that before you plunk down cash for a piece of clothing, you should be able to envision it paired with at least three items already hanging in your closet. Yes, it’s a good way to keep from buying things you don’t need. But we say, why not just build your wardrobe to create three different ways to wear something? Less budget-healthy, perhaps, but WAY more fun.

With that in mind: Maybe you already own one of the omnipresent and oh-so-flattering peplum tops. Or maybe you’re just entertaining the thought of springing for one. Either way, today is your lucky day, because we’ve already done the outfit imagining for you. Here are three ways to work the peplum top—here in perfectly on-trend black leather.

Leather peplum, $295 at the Outnet.

Soften the edgy vibe of black leather by pairing it with delicate, feminine pieces and work-perfect silhouettes, such as a floral pencil skirt and a sharp fitted blazer. Finish things off with a spectator-inspired heel and a structured satchel, all in hazy hues of blush and cream.

Paul Smith pencil skirt, $350 at Farfetch textured-panel jacket, $119.99 at Mango; Pour La Victoire Darla pumps, $250 at Shopbop; ombré stone statement necklace, $78 at Capwell; canvas-and-vachetta satchel, $140 at Kate Spade Saturday.

Play up the top’s downtown attitude with snake-print skinny denim, then add sassy perforated suede heels and glam black-and-gold accessories.

7 for All Mankind coated reptile skinny jeans, $260 at Shopbop; Ranjana Khan Mira cuff, $335 at Charm & Chain; high-heel suede sandals, $129 at Zara; Romi Tiger minaudière, $178 at BCBG.

This piece doesn’t have to lean fancy—dress it down for the weekend by adding faded, cuffed jeans, a comfy sliver-wedge sandal, and slightly sporty accessories accents with on-trend detailing like transparency and neon.

Goldsign for J.Crew Jenny selvedge jeans in Debut Wash, $288 at J.Crew; Sam Edelman Sophie sandal, $125 at Piperlime; Kara Ross Pink Blazer lizard-skin wrap cuff, $245 at Charm & Chain; Marc Jacobs Clearly cross-body purse, $228 at Shopbop.