High Style: Pleasantly peasant

The Summer season is again embracing the free love, free flowing easy glamour of the peasant. Tread carefully through this field of daisies, though, a cute whimsical look turns into a raging dumpster fire if your dress or shirt doesn’t offer enough structure or resembles something from Little House on the Prairie.

If you go with a dress, the shape should compliment your body, not hide it. The look is blousy, not baggy. If necessary, belt the dress, especially if it’s a maxi, to define your natural waist. If you’re petite, look for a dress with a cut that defines your waist, rather than a straight shift. If you have a generous bust, go for the shift with a dropped spaghetti strap top and use a skinny belt at your waist.

For a top, the twist in the trend is a cropped blouse, showing off a little belly for fun. The more traditional trend is a blouse which hits at the waist or a few inches below. To give some shape to the waist with a waist-length or longer blouse, tuck in just the front of the top and blouse out, or some blouses have elastic smocking at the waist. If the blouse is generous with fabric and flowing and you’re not going to tuck it in, pair with skinny jeans to balance the look. Tucking in the blouse or wearing one with smocking pairs well with the natural compliment to the peasant blouse, belled or flared jeans. Go with a light wash for a full on 70’s flower girl. A cropped peasant is cute with shorts or capris.

Finish the look with wavy hair and natural make-up with a pink lip.

(Everything under 200!)

Free People Maharani Bubble Sleeve Dress

Express Floral Maxi Dress

Willow & Clay Print Maxi dress at Nordstrom

Anthropologie Shiloh Silk Peasant

Urban Outfitters Ecote Gauze Blouse

Hinge Flowy Sheer Print Chiffon Peasant Top at Nordstrom

Express Lace Banded-Bottom Blouse

Lucky Brand Marakesh Mena


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