Date Night Style // Peplum top 2 ways

petite faux leather leggings

Lately for the occasional date or girls night, I’ve been reaching for more all-black looks and trading feminine dresses for sleek leather leggings. The (faux) leather finish elevates a basic black legging for travel, a day at the zoo, casual winter wear, and can also be dressed up with an interesting blouse for evening (or try a slouchy, off shoulder sweater for a sexy cozy appeal).

For an alternative going out look keeping in the chic train of thought, I featured this jumpsuit from Express last year and it’s back in more colors (like a dusty blue) and petite sizing! And for a classic dress option, I tried on this satin slip style dress which can be surprisingly versatile (think layering a sweater or tee + moto jacket over it to wear as a slip skirt with sneakers). Slip dresses and skirts have made a big comeback in recent years, and this one hit the right notes in its simplicity, the smooth medium weight of the satin, and the fit (grazes the figure elegantly without being too fitted).


This is a very shapely blouse that combines romantic flutter sleeves and peplum hem, with a very flattering silhouette that nips in at the waist. The fabric is medium weight (not thin) and non stretch, with an invisible back zipper. I want to note that this has a strong shoulder look (meaning the sleeves have a poof at the shoulders), which some petite ladies might find to be too much on a small frame. Thankfully, I found an easy solution – there is a small hidden ruffle underneath each sleeve to give it that strong shoulder effect, so I simply trimmed out that small ruffle with small scissors (careful not to damage the actual sleeve!) similar to how I have removed shoulder pads from blazers and tops. See the photo below on the small ruffle I snipped out to make the shoulders more drapey versus puffy.

Fit wise, an xxs regular fit me very well, and you can tie the sash belt to cinch it in even more. I noticed none of the reviews mentioned this top runs short, but note I’m about 5 feet tall and the regular sizing hits me at a perfect length. As such, it may fit on the shorter side for someone taller, but keep in mind length increases with the garment size. I also tried this on in the cream, rose and truffle (see below) which were each very pretty, but black is most versatile for me on my streak with darker hues.

Measurements of xxs regular: 14.75″” across the armpit, 13.25″ across the waist, 20.75″ total length.

Express flutter sleeve peplum top hack


I’ve shared these a couple times before on IG stories as an alternative for my favorite high rise faux leather leggings (which are sadly sold out). These from Express have hundreds of positive reviews and what I do like is the matte leather-like finish (does not look cheap), the not too thin / not too clingy fabric weight (unlike a very popular leather legging brand), and the petite friendly length option. What I personally don’t like is the low rise. I am very much so a high waisted gal (especially after giving birth), but wanted to share these with the rise disclaimer.

Measurements of xxs petite: 7.25″ rise, 27″ inseam.
casual straight mom jeans for petites

Express belted peplum top xxs, Express jeans 00 short, Kate Spade coat (old), similar pumps

I also wanted to quickly show how this top looks more casually with a pair of denim. Skinny jeans used to be my default, but I’ve loved experimenting more with straight or mom jeans over the past year! Which look do you like better?

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  1. Sarah wrote:

    Love this outfit! Unfortunately, the peplum top is sold out – do you have any recommendations for a similar style?

    Posted 8.30.20 Reply
  2. Lina wrote:

    Hi Jean!

    Could you review the quality of these leather leggings after several wears? I’m wondering if the faux leather cracks or peels off. Thanks!

    Posted 4.6.20 Reply
  3. Liana wrote:

    Have you tried the high rise faux leggings from Express? It looks like they have high rise options now and I’m curious what you think of them compared to these!

    Posted 4.1.20 Reply
  4. Anne wrote:

    Great outfits! Is your YSL Kate the WOC or small size?

    Posted 2.23.20 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Thanks! I believe its the WOC size

      Posted 2.23.20 Reply
  5. Can’t get enough of this outfit <3 🙂 Such a cute top!

    XO, Elizabeth T.

    Posted 2.17.20 Reply
  6. balletflatgirl wrote:

    Would love ballet flat (and similar) to be modeled more often, with dressier outfits, please. I am a ballet flat loving girl and feeling left out 🙂 I love dressing up every day, but wear heels maybe once or twice a year.

    Posted 2.14.20 Reply
  7. Ruth Josey wrote:

    That peplum top is gorgeous on you and I love the little trick you shared – I know I feel a little awkward with puffy sleeves at this point and that would solve that. Those leggings are wonderful and it’s great to hear that they’re actually not cheap-looking. I may have to have a closer look at those. Skinny jeans vs Mom jeans. Hmmm. I love the Mom jeans look on others and on you but not so much on myself. I have some stretchy-ish jeans that I wear that aren’t very tight, so that’s what I wear when I’m going for something a little baggier 😛 You look gorgeous in both looks and I couldln’t possibly pick a favorite!


    Posted 2.12.20 Reply
  8. susan r rawls wrote:

    I love the peplum top. Both outfits look great on you.

    Posted 2.11.20 Reply
  9. Annaliese wrote:

    Love this outfit! I don’t often wear all black looks, but this is so chic! I want to try and recreate 🙂

    xoxo A

    Posted 2.11.20 Reply
  10. Mireia wrote:

    Peplum always looks so cute!

    Mireia from TGL

    Posted 2.11.20 Reply
  11. Tiffany wrote:

    Love love love the all black look the best! Jeans-wise I’ve been a skinny fan forever but i’m Digging the mom jean slouchy look on you! Get it girl!! 😉

    Sometime with peplum tops I like to pair it with a patent skinny belt in a contrasting colour (like a soft pink or vibrant yellow) for a little neutral pop! H&M have great budget-friendly options to experiment with!

    Posted 2.11.20 Reply

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