The story behind this photo is simple.

I loved this awesome top from Zara so much, I wanted to show it to you. That said, I think it’s the kind of piece that’s hard to figure out. Just on it’s own, with it’s embroidered fake leather, it’s just…. uhhh… how should I put this?

So, I thought the ideal thing to do here would be to do a little style session with one of my friends. I took my top to Andi and we played around with some of her clothes and here’s the look we liked the most.

It’s exactly what I’m looking for right now. It’s very of the moment, yet can be worn everyday. Easy, comfortable, cool – it’s right up my alley.

Voilà !!! What do you think? Does this make you want to wear embroidered fake leather or what?


PS : The top is, of course, from Zara (in stores right now!) and the shirt is from J. Crew (which is from a different season, but hey, it’s easy enough to find a stripped shirt). The pants are Stella McCartney and the shoes are Church’s, where else? ;-)

PPS : Andi is a very good friend and she is also the owner of my hair salon in New York City, Three Square Studio.

PPS : The photo in the background is by Eric Ray Davidson.

Translation : Tim Sullivan

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  • Elisa October, 22 2012, 9:13 / Reply

    I would personally never have worn in that way, but it looks great on her! That’s why I love styling sessions, it opens up one’s style mind :)

    Elisa – Wandering Minds

  • andreea October, 22 2012, 9:13

    peplums don’t match my body shape…

  • Pose Mag October, 22 2012, 9:14 / Reply

    Difficile à porter oui, mais elle s’en sort très bien ! :)

  • Serdane October, 22 2012, 9:16 / Reply

    On dirait une photo de Lookbook. Très beau. J’aime bien la veste avec le pantalon. Ça se marié terriblement bien.

  • alice October, 22 2012, 9:16 / Reply

    I like the watercolor behind her. Who is the painter?

  • Garance October, 22 2012, 9:16

    It’s actually a photography ! I don’t remember the name os the photographer but I’ll ask her.

  • Curieuse et futile October, 22 2012, 9:19 / Reply

    Joli look mais j’ai un peu de mal à me faire une idée à quoi peut bien ressembler ce cuir brodé. Me reste plus qu’à aller faire un tour chez Zara !!! ;)

  • erika October, 22 2012, 9:21 / Reply

    this girl looks lovely and I’m not a big fan of that Zara top but I have to admit I really like this version with shirt under :)!


  • alice October, 22 2012, 9:23 / Reply

    thanks I paint -just an hobby (watercolor) and love so much the payne grey
    Answering your question I love this style it’s pretty and very comfortable…I def. would buy it.

  • Claudia October, 22 2012, 9:24 / Reply

    I like it, would wear it exactly that way. The only thing is I do not like fake leather. A nappa leather one would be much nicer and comfortable, don’t you think?

  • Monsieur J October, 22 2012, 9:26 / Reply

    C’est des pièces comme ça qui font toute la singularité d’un look, c’est tellement pas, que cela le devient.

  • Devon October, 22 2012, 9:28 / Reply

    Hmmm…I like the top on its own.
    And I can kind of wrap my head around the button-up shirt underneath it.
    But I think having the shirt tucked in (and not sticking out under the peplum) would have cleaned up the look-

    Bravo for having the courage to consider a peplum…alas, they’re not meant for all shapes and sizes.


  • MelleVaness October, 22 2012, 9:33 / Reply

    Alors ce qui est étrange, c’est que je trouve la photo vraiment belle mais pas la tenue en elle-même… Si je détaille les pièces, le chemisier recouvert d’une matière rigide me renvoie une idée d’inconfort doublée d’un aspect cheapouille véhiculé lar le faux cuir probablement. Bref, je ne porterais pas ce look, mais manifestement, il va à merveille sur une autre!
    Au passage, félicitations pr ce savoureux blog que je suis depuis longtps et qui me suit, lui, jusqu’en Chine (ou je travaille 4 semaines/an).

  • patricia October, 22 2012, 9:47 / Reply

    it looks great, so original!!! love it

  • E. October, 22 2012, 9:48 / Reply

    I like the idea (and it’s great that you are sharing some styling advice!), but this one’s not for me. I don’t like faux leather, and peplum+my hips=not a great combination :)

  • Tian October, 22 2012, 9:49 / Reply

    I thinks it’s a bit of an unexpected way to wear it but it looks amazing on her.

  • Marie October, 22 2012, 9:50 / Reply

    Ah les Churchs… Ma folie du moment!!!!

  • Dip It Black October, 22 2012, 9:51 / Reply

    Absolutely love this Zara top too!
    And great combined!


  • Sonia Afonso October, 22 2012, 10:06 / Reply

    Love the “frame” from the picture!
    Looks great!

  • Colony October, 22 2012, 10:06 / Reply

    I have natural Peplum…generous hips ;)
    I wish I could do this look. I like peplum shirts and teases in jewel tones.

  • THE STEL STYLE October, 22 2012, 10:16 / Reply

    I really love her style!!! she has a different and an amazing style!!

  • Colony October, 22 2012, 10:17 / Reply

    teases= dresses (oops)

  • Elsie October, 22 2012, 10:19 / Reply

    Fantastic look (and captured wonderfully in your photo)—nice work! The pants and the shoes (!) sync perfectly with the peplum top. Have fun with the outfit!

  • Shilpa October, 22 2012, 10:21 / Reply

    Andi has beautiful dreamy eyes.

  • Laura October, 22 2012, 10:27 / Reply

    Je l’adore!

  • Clémence October, 22 2012, 10:46 / Reply

    Moi je n’aime pas trop il y a trop de trop trucs pour moi et de superposition je préfère les looks plus sobres!!! sorry!!!

  • Michael October, 22 2012, 10:50 / Reply

    Beautiful woman, beautiful photograph. Would love it even more if the feet were not cropped off. It shrieks class and chic . . .

  • Simbarashe October, 22 2012, 10:50 / Reply

    That’s the one thing about being a guy that I keep forgetting (and it bugs me).. it’s OK to go through the closet and try a bunch of different combinations for a hard-to-fit piece. If I bring something home and realise it’s hard to fit, it just goes to the back of the rack and is forgotten about. It’s like, I lack the patience to go through my things and find what works.

  • surménian October, 22 2012, 10:53 / Reply

    Raaaah, j’le crois pas! voir ce look sur le site de Garance Doré!! je cherche ce top depuis au moins 3 mois!! Y avais plus ma taille! et le top n’est même plus en rayon depuis un bon bout d’temps!!
    Bon je suis fière d’avoir l’oeil d’ une célèbre blogueuse…
    Katia de Montepllier

  • Luana October, 22 2012, 11:21 / Reply

    Really beautiful !!
    very stylish !
    I’m posting accessories from Los Angeles on my blog!
    Take a look!

  • sev October, 22 2012, 11:26 / Reply

    Incroyable ce décor derrière, c’est chez elle ?
    Sinon ben, j’évite de porter du cuir (difficilement évitable pour les chaussures) par philosophie donc je ne trouve pas ca chouette de porter de la peau d’animal mort, par contre j’admire l’exercice de style !

  • Elisabeth October, 22 2012, 11:39 / Reply

    Ohh, I loove the backgound – gives a dramatic and easy feeling at the same time! Please Garance, would you tell who did it please?

  • Emmanor October, 22 2012, 11:44 / Reply

    L’ensemble masculin féminin est une super idée, mais il y a un peu trop de masculin par rapport au féminin à mon gôut. J’aurais mis des chaussures plus féminines par exemple pour équilibrer !

  • Angeles October, 22 2012, 11:56 / Reply

    She looks great… she rocks with this peplum from Zara
    She did a classic chic outfit with a chic twist!

  • CP October, 22 2012, 11:57 / Reply

    This is a really cute idea and I love the look. I wouldn’t look twice at that top on the website but styled like this now I would. I hope you continue these Garance. Besos x

  • Loulou October, 22 2012, 11:58 / Reply

    Ca alors ! C’est rigolo : j’avais vu ce top en boutique. J’ai pris le cintre, l’ai trouvé joli, l’ai regardé sous toutes ses coutures puis… l’ai reposé. Clairement je n’étais pas inspirée…
    Il ne fallait pas chercher compliqué, il suffit de voir cette photo, bien vu Mesdames :-)

    Très bon début de semaine

  • Lady & Olga October, 22 2012, 12:04 / Reply

    Par dessus une chemise blanche, j’adore ! :)

  • Novella - October, 22 2012, 12:13 / Reply

    Finally someone who’s wearing a peplum top in a different and more interesting way!
    fashion – trends – DIYs

  • Gigi October, 22 2012, 12:42 / Reply

    Pas fan du look mais la photo est super!


  • Laura October, 22 2012, 12:44 / Reply

    J’aime beaucoup cette photo!


  • Sevan October, 22 2012, 12:46 / Reply

    Je ne suis pas “peplum”, cela dit, j’aime tout le reste : chemise, pantalon et les chaussures !
    Jolie photo de la jolie Andi mais j’adore le “background ” : ce gris degrade qu’on appelle Payne’s grey en peinture.

  • Erika October, 22 2012, 12:47 / Reply

    Je trouve ce look très sympa et classe à la fois avec une touche un peu boyish très cool !!!
    Le péplum porter comme ça me fait penser à l’italie ou au gangster américain de 1920 !

  • Elizaveta October, 22 2012, 1:04 / Reply

    This look somehow reminded me of the Medieval times like if Jeanne d’Arc would wear something like this)

  • Mirta X. October, 22 2012, 1:16 / Reply

    This look good on her and I can imagine that it look good on you as well. On me is a big NO NO…….. XX

  • Claire October, 22 2012, 1:23 / Reply

    Sympa de prendre un vêtement fantaisie et un peu difficile et d’en faire une tenue simple! J’espère que tu le refera! Super mignonne =)

  • Sunny Side October, 22 2012, 1:43 / Reply

    Même si la tenue ne me dit rien, je trouve la photo vraiment très belle, le lavis gris derrière est somptueux et Andi tellement gracieuse, ce stylisme/peplum sur elle est très réussi !

  • Jessica October, 22 2012, 2:00 / Reply

    J’adore à 100% !


  • Gabrielle October, 22 2012, 2:23 / Reply

    I love how she combines feminine with masculine! I would have never thought of wearing a peplum top like this, but I love it, she looks grate, very relaxed.

  • CarolineJ October, 22 2012, 2:45 / Reply

    J’ai eu un coup de coeur pour ce top dès la sortie de la collection hiver, je l’ai acheté, mais j’avoue que je ne l’ai pas encore porté parce que justement, je trouvais que pour “tous les jours”, ça faisait un peu trop. J’adore l’idée de la chemise rayée en dessous, vraiment super, j’essayerais vite ! Merci pour l’idée ;)

  • paula October, 22 2012, 2:45 / Reply

    what a beautiful girl!

  • Marie October, 22 2012, 2:45 / Reply

    Cool ce petit exercice de styling! C’est ce que je fais chez moi, c’est créatif et avec une copine c’est toujours sympa. Moi j’avoue je ne suis pas trop cuir (à part les chaussures bien sûr!!!), mais c’est surtout parce que je trouve cela contraignant point de vue nettoyage. C’est vrai que cette pièce n’est pas facile, ça peut vite faire SM, mais le look est sympa, ça donne un petit twist, juste un peu trop noir pour moi qui suis très couleur.

  • Hilary October, 22 2012, 2:48 / Reply

    Love this, Garance!! It reminds me of the post you did featuring the bra-lette type half shirt over the white button-up blouse. Great practical advice for a lady wanting to wear current fashions without shocking the town too much (maybe only just a little).

  • Alexandra October, 22 2012, 2:53 / Reply

    I love this photo!!!! And I love the idea of wearing another shirt under a short sleeve peplum top– it’s an idea I actually got from you, Garance!! It’s soooooo cool!!

  • Amalia October, 22 2012, 2:56 / Reply

    I did this the other day – only with a wool peplum and a crisp white shirt buttoned up – then I added a vintage brooch on the top button and I tucked the shirt into skinny leather trousers with ankle boots.

  • Benedicte October, 22 2012, 3:11 / Reply

    Ca me donne même envie de porter un top peplum, alors que je n’aime pas du tout !

  • Anne October, 22 2012, 4:12 / Reply

    Cette fille est très jolie, mais je n’aime pas du tout le look… Ça fait un peu année 90, dans le mauvais sens.

  • Lore G October, 22 2012, 5:14 / Reply

    Sublime. Love the mix of menswear and super-girly peplum. I have a hard time figuring out some items in my closet, they are outliers, not something that is easily worn. In my case that means, it’s way to girly. So I try to also figure out how to blend them into the rest of my stuff, pants, shirts. Got inspired by this.

    Btw, love the timbre of the picture. Is it a special filter that you use.

    In fact, do you have infos on cameras that are good for fashion photography? This would be a nice technical piece that I’d really be interested in.



  • Emma October, 22 2012, 5:46 / Reply

    Just bought the same top on Saturday- took it out for the evening with a sheer black button up, long sleeves, and a sequined skirt. It was sexy

  • karen October, 22 2012, 8:38 / Reply

    I love the way you’ve dressed down the leather peplum with the striped shirt! Super inspiring, even though I don’t wear peplum

    x k

  • Cohiba October, 22 2012, 9:03 / Reply

    J’aime bien le look général, mais pour moi la matière est rédhibitoire. Le faux cuir, c’est. Si le top avait été fait dans du cuir véritable, il aurait été parfait.
    Sinon, l’idée de le porter avec un pantalon masculin est excellente.

    Tu devrais proposer cette rubrique “This is how I would wear…” régulièrement. Super idée.

  • kiwi October, 22 2012, 9:58 / Reply

    I like what you and Andi created with your peplum vest. That piece is awesome. Thanks Zara!!
    I’ve seen Andi photographed all over and she has this way of adding flair to casual looks, making haute couture effortless and everything in between. She is fascinating.

  • McKenzie October, 23 2012, 1:14 / Reply

    She looks beautiful! and she pulls this look off very well!

  • yza October, 23 2012, 4:22 / Reply

    J’aime le pantalon, les chaussures, la chemise mais le top peplum en faux cuir avec cette basque bof bof pas terrible -

  • B October, 23 2012, 12:52 / Reply

    Garance, the picture is beyond beautiful, but I am still not convinced that the zara top with that embroidery is going to look anything like this in real life. I loved how u wore the maroon peplum with the kenzo shirt. On my, to do styling list. Thanks for writing and sharing

  • Sian October, 23 2012, 2:00 / Reply

    Andi looks absolutely beautiful :-) xx

  • Lilou October, 24 2012, 9:50 / Reply

    En un seul mot : J’adore ce style, c’est original, classe et féminin !

    Bon ok, ca fait plus qu’un mot ;)

  • trsj October, 24 2012, 4:00 / Reply

    Brilliant styling and photo, Garance! I was skeptical of the peplum too, but in your hands it’s gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. I have that striped shirt and feel I must defend its virtues, though, as it’s really quite special. :) Yes it’s “just J.Crew,” but it’s not a generic basic–more important to the outfit than you think! Lovely GREY (not black) and white striping, ever so slightly sheer (which comes through gorgeously in your photo), a half buttondown/half tunic silhouette, and the button tabs on the sleeves are fantastic used or not (in fact, you see it above–the fact that your styling didn’t even bother to do up the tabs, even though the sleeves are scrunched high enough for it, even adds an extra feeling of insouciance to the ensemble).

    Also, it’s woven silk which gives different drape than either your typical super soft/loose crepe/dupioni silk, and the stiffer creasing of ordinary ironed or starched cotton. So the “medium drape” would’ve looked particularly good against your embroidered faux leather (scary)–neither too hard nor too soft. I think a different striped shirt would’ve probably looked awkward and over-formulated, rather than effortless and chic like this combo!

    (Also, that shirt is machine washable. It’s basically Shirt Superman. Don’t hate on it, I know you dislike dry clean only! :) ).

  • Marie October, 24 2012, 4:04 / Reply

    La photo est belle, mais dans le fond je m’aperçois que je n’aime pas du tout le format péplum. A part pour accompagner un début de grossesse, je ne vois pas l’utilité de rajouter quelques morceaux de volants à un top. Ce n’est pas bien grave, un jour il y aura une autre mode :-)
    Sweet dreams

  • Abi October, 26 2012, 7:59 / Reply

    Salam Garance,
    Exactement mon style.
    Cela fait quelques années que j’ai adopté le plat (
    Derby, mocassins,boots) avec de temps en temps un retour aux talons.
    J’ai acheté le même top mais dans une autre matière car je trouvais la matière de celui ci très “sac poubelle ” mais tu as su le mettre en valeur.
    J’adore ce genre de post.
    Au plaisir de te lire Inch’Allah.

  • cuir October, 31 2012, 4:38 / Reply

    Avec le cuir on est jamais déçu ! I lfaut bien penser à l’entretenir pour qu’il dure dans le temps.

  • Théa Unknown November, 4 2012, 12:32 / Reply

    Je l’avais vu aussi, mais comment porter une telle pièce sans avoir le job qui va avec!

    Théa Unknown

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