Eclectically feminine style by Mary Gui

3 Style Tips for Pulling Off a Statement Top

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This striped peplum top from SheIn is one of those pieces that makes an instant statement. I wasn’t sure whether the top would work on me given the low-cut neckline, big sleeves, and peplum shape. This top is all about the fit, so I was a bit nervous when I ordered it. Luckily it actually worked out pretty well, and there is a zipper in the back that allows for ease of getting in and out of the top. It is a bit tight in the arms and chest area, so I probably could have sized up (I ordered a Small but a Medium may have worked better). Admittedly, this is not the easiest top to style, so I thought I would focus this post on style tips to make this top work for you.

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3 Style Tips for Pulling Off a Statement Top

  • Pair it with sleek jeans: When in doubt, choose skinny black jeans as they go with everything. The wider proportions of this top make it hard to style with skirts, which I can attest to as I tried many different skirts before settling on jeans. Skinny jeans help give your silhouette a sliming effect in addition to adding height. I look model skinny in these photos, but trust me when I say I am not! I had originally wanted to style this top with flared jeans, but unfortunately they did not arrive in time.
  • Add height with heels: A statement top like this one with voluminous sleeves and a peplum shape can be bulky, so add height to your look with a pair of chic heels. I chose mint green mules as they go great with jeans and are perfect for Spring. You can also pair the look with chunky heels or even wedges. I would however advise against pointy toed heels as that can take outfit from street style cool to corporate business casual.
  • Choose dainty rather than chunky jewelry: For a statement top, go with dainty jewelry. Chunky jewelry can add additional bulkiness to your look and take away from the top. Since this top has a deep V-neck, it is the perfect chance to wear a long dainty necklace. I layered mine with a thin rose gold choker for a touch of sophistication. I also went with a rose gold bangle and delicate silver rings.

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I completed the outfit with fun accessories and pops of color. You all know I love pairing socks with heels, so of course I showed off my new diamond print Happy Socks. For a sharp pop of color, I chose my red Cocovann backpack. I love the backpack style as it gives the look an effortless vibe, yet the leather material of the backpack is still sophisticated and elegant. Lastly, I put on a bold lip for an editorial worthy ensemble.

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What I’m Wearing:
Top: SheIn
Jeans: Madewell (similar here)
Shoes: Seychelles (similar here)
Socks: Happy Socks
Bag: Cocovann
Necklace: Gorjana 
Lipstick: YSL

Thanks for reading,

*This post is in collaboration with SheIn. As always, all views and opinions expressed are my own.

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28 responses to “3 Style Tips for Pulling Off a Statement Top”

  1. Ahhhh this top is EVERYTHING!!! I am super surprised it came from Shein and that it looks so great! You have definitely peeked my interest in me trying to purchase it. Love the tips, and agree with them more importantly. Great look, and great blog.

    Thrifting Diva

  2. Ruthie says:

    You have the best style!! Love that top!

  3. Jackie says:

    This is such a gorgeous top and love how you styled it. I love that these kinds of tops are so in trend at them moment. Also great tips! I found your blog through the Facebook group and love your blog!

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

  4. Amanda says:

    You look great! I would have gone with chunky jewelry … my go-to … so it’s great to have the recommendation for dainty jewelry.

  5. Thanks for the styling suggestions. This top is beautiful, but it does look like it would be tricky to style. Wearing simple necklaces and a pair of pants that always has great style is a perfect fit for this peplum top. You’ve style a great outfit!

  6. Shannon says:

    I am in LOVE with that top. I especially love how you styled it with the socks and shoes. It’s such a funky fresh way of accessorizing. The dainty jewelry is a must for statement pieces!! x Shannon

  7. LOVE the bright colored bag with the top, super cute!


  8. Andrea says:

    This is such a gorgeous top! I loved how you styled it! The shoes with patterned socks are such an awesome style idea! I have dozens of patterned socks which I never wear because I don´t know how to style them…but that now I have an idea! 🙂 *insert light bulb here* lol. Thanks for sharing this! Can´t get enough of that top!!!

  9. cara says:

    Well don’t you look adorable! Loving that cute top on you!

  10. You look so stunning! Love this top on you.

  11. I love that you layered socks with your mules- so so cute!

  12. Amanda says:

    This top definitely makes a statement! Your socks paired with the mules are so cute!

    Amanda ||

  13. That is such a perfect statement top! The sleeves are so cute.

  14. Lauren says:

    This top is amazing and your outfit is so chic as always babe!


  15. Krysten says:

    I never know how to wear statement tops. Thank you for the great tips! I am going to have to take these into account when I wear something a little more showy than I usually wear. You look great!

  16. This is such a fun outfit, I love how you exposed those funky socks too

  17. Love your statement top! So cute!!
    xx Beatriz |

  18. vanessa says:

    Obsessed with this top! Love how the stripes keep it classic but silhouette is a statement.

    Vanessa |

  19. Cat says:

    You look so darling!! I adore your style, chica! Adore that top–really does make a statement!

  20. superb top! loved what you did at the bottom so clever 🙂

    ♡Courtney Bentley ||

  21. angelle Marix says:

    Love that top on you! It is so perfect for summer!


  22. Emma says:

    Oh my gosh that’s such a fabulous statement top babe, I love it and it suits you so much! Really love how you’ve styled it with the pop colours! The mules with socks are so cute too! Xx

  23. I really love this top and how you paired the blue stripes with the red bag! Stripes and red are so summer time!
    Xo, Nikki |

  24. Kaitln says:

    Love this top! I’ve been looking for a similar one lately! Great tips on styling a statement top – especially noting dainty jewelry!

    – Kaitlin

  25. Patranila says:

    Small, delicate jewelry is an absolute must. I oftentimes go without jewelry at all depending on the blouse. I love this one though!

  26. Hales says:

    That top is super cute! I love how you paired it with the pop of red!

    xo, Hales |

  27. Brittany says:

    Great tips! I never know how to style these statement tops. Love the look!