Remixing the Phillip Lim for Target floral peplum top

While the new 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target boutique collection debuted in mid-September and exploded all over the style blogosphere, I kept mum. I was soured by my experience of the Jason Wu for Target collection in early 2012 — the shopping experience, not the collection. So I waited and read reviews of the Phillip Lim for Target items from other bloggers and eventually stopped by a local Target this past weekend to see if there was anything left to try on. I was intrigued by the floral pattern motif throughout the collection, and liked it even more in person. It seems both delicate in the floral pattern and bold in the color palette.

While trying on the floral peplum top, I instantly thought of several remixing options. Sold. So here you go, another week, another remix post, this time featuring this Phillip Lim for Target floral peplum top:

Look #1

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing the Phillip Lim for Target floral peplum top

Details:  Floral blouse:  Phillip Lim for Target, new  /  Black blazer:  The Limited, over ten years old  /  Jeans:  Gap, 2011  /  Flats:  Payless, gift-carded last spring

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing the Phillip Lim for Target floral peplum top

I’ve already worn this combination, to a literary launch party last weekend. The weather held out for the party, held at a garden terrace in the lovely, arty Pearl neighborhood in NW Portland. I didn’t want to look too formal — because it’s Portland — so the jeans and flats helped in that regard.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing the Phillip Lim for Target floral peplum top

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing the Phillip Lim for Target floral peplum top

The best thing about peplum blouses is that they easily transition between formal and casual looks. And this peplum blouse has a hidden front zipper — love it!

Look #2

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing the Phillip Lim for Target floral peplum top

I switched out the black blazer for a black cardigan, to soften the look, and added my tan suit pants.

Details:  Tan blazer:  The Limited, fall 2011  /  Black cardigan:  Target, last summer

Look #3

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing the Phillip Lim for Target floral peplum top

I generally like to break up suits, so I rarely wear both a suit jacket and bottom together. So I switched out my tan suit pants for the matching blazer, and mixed in black jeans. My berry-colored flats bring some additional color and play off the pink tones in the floral pattern.

Details:  Tan suit blazer:  The Limited, fall 2011  /  Black jeans:  Target, winter 2012  /  Berry flats:  Payless, summer 2012

Look #4

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing the Phillip Lim for Target floral peplum top

I also thought about bringing out the pink tones in this top with my coral pleated skirt. This simple yet striking combo might be my favorite.

Details:  Coral skirt:  Florence Adams, c/o giveaway  /  Black flats:  Payless, last summer

Look #5

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing the Phillip Lim for Target floral peplum top

Again mixing business and casual, I paired the top this time with my burgundy pencil skirt and classic denim jacket. I can also see adding a skinny black belt for some waist definition. For shoes, I could go with a lot of options, including my nude patent leather wedges, bronze flats, or my black heels. So many possibilities … 🙂

Details:  Burgundy pencil skirt:  LOFT, last fall  /  Denim jacket:  Kohl’s, old

Look #6

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing the Phillip Lim for Target floral peplum top

This time, I stuck with the denim jacket but mixed out the bottoms by bringing back my tan suit pants. I can definitely see this as a teaching outfit — professional yet also kind of fun.

Details:  Tan suit pants:  The Limited, fall 2011  /  Denim jacket:  Kohl’s, old

Look #7

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing the Phillip Lim for Target floral peplum top

Last but not least, as I was putting together the other remix ideas, the light bulb went off in my head to try out one of my favorite tricks — using dresses as skirts! This final remix is the floral peplum top layered over my basic black dress (seen here), along with my black patent leather heels.

Details:  Black dress, Express, last winter  /  Black patent leather heels:  Payless, last winter

Which remix is your favorite?

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18 thoughts on “Remixing the Phillip Lim for Target floral peplum top

  1. Pouring Down Like Rain

    Love that printed top. I always try to look for something with a lot of color in it. You get so many different looks out of it and it can go into many different seasons with jackets and sweaters. You look great. Stopping in from Fashion Friday.

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  2. Angela

    fantastic idea pairing ideas for the shirt to show it used in different ways. I’ve also started using dresses as skirts. It’s a neat idea and makes them to much more versitile. I wonder if the Canadian Target will have the line you mentioned. I’ll have to check it out. I’ve been avoiding target as it’s new in my area and people are crazy when new things open up

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  3. Erin @ Loop Looks

    Great find! I, too, just wait and see if anything shows up in my size at the store a few days later. I’m kind of bummed that no one has returned the navy skirt in my size yet, though. Fingers crossed!
    Anyway, all the remixes are great. I really like it with the black blazer and jeans and LOVE the idea of putting it with your coral skirt. Do you think you’d tuck in the peplum bottom or wear it over the top of the skirt?

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