This is a very simple outfit, but I like that the structured peplum adds waist-defining shape, while the smocked linen and wicker accessories add summertime texture! For a different vibe, I’d change up the bottoms with white chino shorts, olive skinny jeans, or a pair of cigarette trousers for a dressier look.
Per requests, I’ve been trying to share a lot more outfits lately with flat shoes! Slip on mules have been a go-to option and I especially like that they’re a little more breathable in warm weather. Mine here by Schutz are sold out, but after much searching, I was able to find a very similar option that I tried on for fit and comfort. The Vince Camuto ones at Nordstrom start in sz 4 and are nice quality, and look very similar on the feet in a flattering neutral hue and elongating toe shape without being too pointy. Sizing runs TTS – I am usually between a 5 and 5.5 and tried on both, and preferred the 5.5 for more room around the opening area. I would stick to your usual size unless you have wider feet. You can see them here in the center row, left side.
I really adore this top and was pleasantly surprised by the price! Note it’s a thick linen-cotton blend fabric which I was personally drawn to, and the thickness is what helps the peplum part hold its flared structure and makes it look more fashion forward in my opinion. It is not a soft against the skin fabric, however I definitely don’t find it to be as rough and uncomfortable as the customer reviews mentioned (otherwise I wouldn’t be recommending it)! I’ve worn it half a dozen times already and the fabric doesn’t bother me, but if you’re looking for a soft tee shirt-like fabric, this top isn’t for you.
Fit wise, it runs a little small and short which works well for petites! I thought I got an XS, but just realized it’s actually a S and is a comfortable fit on me (an XS would be more shrunken fit). The smocked bodice has a lot of stretch, and there are two hidden buttons on each shoulder strap to adjust the strap length. In addition to my pairing suggestions above I have also worn this top with lightweight wide leg pants as well as a flowy skirt to dress it up further! Here’s another partial shot of it worn out to dinner with jeans.
Thank you to Nordstrom for partnering on this post. PS – If you’re shopping the Anniversary Sale, there’s been a couple of restocks and helpful customer reviews rolling in! You can see all of my Nsale reviews here for women, men & baby and I posted a few additional looks under InstaShop as well.