In need of a little office romance without courting a stern talk from the boss? Look no further than the Spring 2013 runways, which were awash with ultra feminine showings of delicate fabrications and womanly silhouettes. While the reach of the peplum continues to span seasons—from flamenco-inspired flounces on Balenciaga's spring runway to structured hourglass silk brocade for Gucci's fall presentation—lace persists in manifesting itself in goth-infused looks at McQueen as well as girlish romance at Marchesa and Monique Lhuillier. For fit-and-flare peplum jackets (a universally flattering shape for defining the waist and creating an hourglass silhouette), opt for stiffer fabrics (read: suiting wools and thicker double knits) which will better hold the shape of the flounce. When it comes to lace, stick to sombre shades of black, charcoal, navy and cream to avoid looking juvenile and, lastly, reach for simple shapes when dealing in delicate pastel shades. Caution: Your colleagues may wonder where you found the extra spring in your step.
Mango bright pink peplum blazer, $120, mango.com.