Before the world caved in and I succumbed to the man flu there was this evening when I got dressed up and we went to dinner with some of Hubby’s clients. I have this weird thing about client dinners, it sort of rubs me the wrong way with all the housewifey connotations and weirdness. You know, the show off the little woman thing? Ick.

Anywaaaaay. This dinner was nothing like that. It was lots of fun in fact. We bonded over wood fire pizza ovens, property development, jewels and fast cars. They even offered to share their pretty amazing looking dinner with me. That’s a win. I totally didn’t. Promise. We drank lots of wine and everyone was in awe of the biggest, flounciest peplum known to mankind akaΒ the Hope and Harvest Frill of the Chase top.

A month or two ago I received a message requesting my media kit and other information from the brand, so I popped over to check them out and immediately asked about their black pants {I was very much on the hunt at that time} and mentioned that the white {cream it turns out} peplum would be RIGHT up my alley. So despite being sold out, they took my measurements and made me one! Eeeek. Thanks team.

I mean, come on, that’s SO generous.Β 

It’s a little fitted on me but I’m okay with that, the weight of the material hugs me every inch of Β me and was so warm that I didn’t even take a coat to dinner. I’m also very long in the torso so the peplum sits quite high on me. Worth keeping in mind. And to say it’s a perfect match for this Virtu skirt {from last year, sorry ladies} is an understatement. I was the queen of flounce and flourish.

I called this look polished winter floral because it really is such an easy to wear but polished look. Easily replicated and could be done with a bun, darker eye shadows etc and really be glammed up. Which was my plan originally but meh, I didn’t feel like it. Sometimes keeping it simple is just what you need to set the tone for an evening.

Now for a bit of grumbling! Obviously I was already getting sick, let’s ignore the puffy eyes and generally blah look on my face, yes? And can you believe I tripped and scuffed the pointed end of these shoes? Damn it. My life is OVER. Well, their life unless I can somehow rescue them. I wonder if mascara would work? Or that spray they paint bald men’s heads with that looks like hair? Must save them.

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The Frill of the Chase Top – Hope & Harvest {gifted}
Pencil Skirt – Virtu {gifted – 2012}
Heels – Woman by Morrissey for BigW



  • Trudie Bristow

    Hey, hey pretty lady all flirty and flouncy with that peplum. Looking lovely my love. You know I love me some floral.

    Are the shoes suede like material?

    • It’s a great peplum, right!? Massive! Love it. Thank you.

      And yes, they are a suede look, I doubt it’s genuine suede though, they were from Big W even if it was the Morrissey line. πŸ˜‰

  • Martina Hart

    Really lovely outfit Melissa. I would think black permanent marker would colour in that spot on the shoe quite nicely

  • Sarah Munro

    Love the outfit, you look fantastic! Maybe try dipping the toe of your shoe into some fabric dye?

  • I love this outfit. I find that I hate peplum on me, but I love it on everyone else. YOu make me want to try again!
    p.s. Crayola makes fabric markers and they save many shoes of mine!

    • Thank you Rhonda! I’m like that with skater dresses and that real pin up style. Haha. Never work on me but I keep on trying.

      I’ll keep an eye out for this marker you speak of! Thanks lady.

  • you look absolutely gorgeous !!!!!

  • disqus_VEdLKaoDAu

    I’m very long in the torso as well so I find a lot of peplum tops look too short on me (plus I like to try and hide my tummy!) In saying that though I love peplum, it always looks amazing on people no matter if they are a size 10 or 20.

    • I do love a peplum. This one is longer than my other ones are on me {others are predominately ASOS} so it might be worth a try. Otherwise, the other ladies report the City Chic ones as being a nice longer line top. Darn these long torsos, I’d trade it for longer legs any day. Haha.

  • sheribombblog

    I am the fashion MacGuyver so I would just colour it in with a nikko and be done with it πŸ˜› Also, black nail polish for black patent shoes that scuff. You’re welcome πŸ˜›

  • KazzBang

    Looking as lovely as always! The necklace goes well with the outfit too

    • Thank you. It’s three necklaces actually all looped together. Two from an op-shop and one from Lovisa. I forgot to put that in the description. Whoops.

  • Kymmie @ a day in the life of

    You sexy minx. Who cares what the work colleagues think? You look fabulous! x

    • Haha. Thank you Kymmie. You’re right, of course. But it always makes me nervous, I’m never what anyone expects when they meet me after meeting my hubby. I’m not sure what to make of that. πŸ˜‰

  • wow – imagine how good that top would look with the floral jacket the same as that skirt with black pants. You have that jacket right??? πŸ˜›

    • HA!! HA. HA. HA. You’re too mean. That’s to pay me back for the hoarder comment, right? πŸ˜›

  • I love the outfit I am huge fan of peplum tops and teamed with that skirt makes for an amazing outfit x

  • That top is peplum perfection! I love how flouncy it is!

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