Probably one of my favorite stylistic developments in the past year has been the peplum top. Whether cut to be worn as a peplum top, or a top I choose to wear over my skirts belted in a way to give the illusion of a peplum, they’re my favorite kind of top. I find that it adds variation to the oft-seen, common silhouette of the shirt tucked into the skirt/capris/shorts look one finds in most vintage and pin-up scenes while still retaining the gorgeous waist-defining look we all love.
When Daniela from My Premier Amour contacted me about a certain upcoming collaboration and offered to send me an item to review on my blog as well, I was ecstatic to visit her site and find peplums for sale!
After giving my bust and waist measurements and a quick discussion on what fabric I would like to use based on her on-hand selection…
…and whether I wanted a cream or black polka-dot mesh for the top, she quickly headed to the sewing room. In about 10 days, my blouse was shipped (though her website sites an average 2 week turnaround time as her items are generally custom)!
My top arrived quickly and softly packaged, with a cute little tag attached. Although I had been unsure whether the Paris print in pink would match the black mesh well enough (a decision I made solely because I’m a huge sucker for sheer black items), I was pleased to find it actually ended up matching perfectly.
Since I knew I wasn’t planning on spending any time outside today aside from walking to and from the car (I went to see the new Jane Austen film Love & Friendship – a brilliant satire – and grabbed dinner with my family and roommate), I decided to take my custom blouse out for its first outing. Though the sleeves are a very light mesh and so endurable in the Tucson heat for short periods of time, any kind of sleeve at all quickly results in feelings of discomfort in the heat here (the primary reason Le Bomb Shop’s Marilyn Tops get so much use in my summer wardrobe), so I knew I wanted to stay safe and wear it when I’d be inside.
I decided to pair it with a deep maroon vintage skirt and a breton hat of mine to play off of the “European” feel of the top and to play up the Paris-themed print.
The top did run a bit larger than I had anticipated as I gave my exact measurements, but as I had already fully planned on wearing it with a belt, this didn’t prove to be much of a problem. It still looked great on and was super comfortable with stitching in the right places to accommodate my strapless longline bullet bra, and plenty of room in the arms to move around (a problem I often encounter), and plenty of room in the neck despite the high cut.
I’m particularly fond of the fact that the fabric comes up high enough in the front to hide my vintage bullet bra (which is cut higher as they often are, so can’t be worn with many of my reproduction items), so I can wear this top without any kind of bra strap showing, creating a smooth line along the back and chest that’s usually broken up by some kind of line.
At just $32 a piece, these tops are extremely affordable custom options for the pin-up or vintage-lover on a budget who’s still looking for a well-constructed piece that will easily fit into one’s wardrobe while adding interest. I’m incredibly impressed by the craftsmanship!
(PS – ignore how uneven the hemline looks in the right photo, I’d just tugged it down too far and hadn’t noticed!)
Although these tops were my favorite, she has a whole slew of affordable designs that you can find on her website or Etsy, and she even popped in a little surprise gift!
And if you like what you see, I’d definitely keep an eye on my blog 😉
Miss Lark Bahar