Rock The Trend: Peplums

From the Paris runways to high-street fashion, the peplum trend has since seen a steady following.

For those still not in the know (cue Rihanna‘s Where Have You Been chorus), peplum is a term describing an overskirt – typically a short, flared strip of fabric, that is usually attached to the waist of a fitted jacket, blouse or dress.

Donning the peplum cut can accentuate a fuller hourglass figure. And by the looks of it (VOGUE magazine had 6 pages of its January 2012 issue dedicated to this uprising trend), it’s here to stay for a little while longer. Here are some ways to pull of the perfect peplum look.

As seen on runways  around the world, peplum cuts are here to stay.
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1. The Dress

Credit’s got to be given when it’s due. Pop star-turned-fashion designer Victoria Beckham can be hailed as one of the pioneers of the peplum craze.

Her Spring 2010 interpretation of the flared cut was a hit on the Hollywood red carpets. Count current it-girl Blake Lively, former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, and Grammy Award winner Jennifer Hudson among those who have donned her now almost-iconic structured peplum mini dress.

Mrs Beckham swooned all of Hollywood a couple of seasons ago with this black structured peplum dress.
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The peplum dress comes in a myriad of variations and hues – from the long sleeved cocktail mini dress fitting to that cocktail party, to the asymmetrical gown perfect for a glitzy ball. Scout around for the perfect peplum look that fits the occasion.

Coming in various styles and hues, the peplum dress is fitting for any occasion. The only gripe? Which one to choose! (Source: WhyDidYouWearThat)


Celebrities rocking peplum gowns during the 2012 MET Ball. Styled in variation, from frills, to puffy, to structured folds. (Source: VOGUE)

2. The Blouse

For those who want more mileage out of this popular trend, go for separates – starting with the peplum blouse. It’s a great way to welcome the trend into your wardrobe.

Couple the peplum blouse with a pair of slim cut navy pants and you’re good for a lunch meeting. Then pair it with short-shorts and tan straw wedges, and you’re all set for the weekend.

Kim K proves even the curvaceous can rock the trend. Gwen Stefani in a Stella McCartney top with matching pants. Zoe Saldana pairs her Prabal Gurung top with floral shorts. Olivia Palermo shimmers in a Mulberry sleeveless top with dark denims. (Source: OohLaLa/ELLE/FashionBomb/Nubry)

3. The Skirt

Like the blouse, a peplum skirt complements existing tops in your wardrobe. Not only do they come in different lengths and colors (prints or neons are the ones to rock for extra style points!), but the style of the frills may differ as well.

From structured folds to asymmetric ones, the peplum skirt is a great way to add a fun, flirty vibe to an otherwise plain blouse and skirt combo. Stick to a peplum blouse if you’re bottom-heavy though, because the frills will add volume to your hips.

Peplum skirts in their different styles. Pick from from the structured pleats to the flowy asymmetrical frill.
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4. The Jacket/Blazer

If peplum blouses and skirts seem too bold a step for work, then try a peplum blazer to add a touch of chic to your office wardrobe.

Emma Stone keeps it très chic in a casual ensemble with the peplum trend in check. Victoria Justice takes on the wild side with a leopard print jacket for the red carpet. (Source: Romantique&Rebel/LookPurdy)

Similar to the rest, the jacket sports a mix in styles of peplum lengths and folds. Complete the look by donning a matching pair of pants or skirt.

And dare we say, if the Duchess of Cambridge approves of the peplum look, it’s a legit trend to follow. And hey, if Princess Diana rocked the trend in the 80s’, we say all hail the mighty peplum trend!

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge aka Kate Middleton has already worn the peplum trend thrice. Donning a grey peplum dress from Matthew Williamson, a two piece tweed suit by Rebecca Taylor, then a teal number from LK Bennett. (Source: Glamazon Diaries/FabSugar Australia)

Tips to Tackle this Trend

#1 Know your body type: Everyone can rock the peplum look, but not everyone can pull off the same peplum dress. A tip if you’re curvy – go for peplum cuts that are less frilly, more elongated and structured, and ones that start higher around the under-bust area.

Take a leaf out of Kim Kardashian’s curvy-licious style book and rock the trend effortlessly.
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#2 Height really matters: Because the peplum cut creates the illusion of a fuller, more curvaceous figure, a good pair of platform heels will balance the look by elongating your legs (so you wont look stumpy waist down).

But of course, watch your step while wearing those sky high platform heels.
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#3 Color blocking compliments: Don’t be afraid to play around with color combinations. Stand out from the crowd by pairing an orange sleeveless peplum blouse with a pair of teal skinny jeans. Complement the look with stacks of chunky gold bangles.

Play along with different color pallets. (Source: My Fashion Life)

#4 Prints + Pelums: Turn it up a notch by throwing prints or even cut-outs in the mix. Prints are a great way to stand out from the rest of the single tone peplum dress crowd. Though be forewarned – keep things in check by sticking to just ONE type of print. Or risk being a hot peplum mess (and a spot on the worst dress list).

Talk about taking peplum to a whole new level. Julianne Hough gives a peek of her toned tummy in a lace number with sexy cut outs by Sally LaPointe, while Emma Watson shines on the red carpet with an abstract print on a sleek halter-style mini by Brood. The Royal little sister, Pippa Middleton wears a printed peplum frock from label Project D. (Source: FabSugar/Lucky)


Lesson learnt: Elizabeth Banks may be wearing of-the-moment designer Mary Katrantzou creation, but this looks like a botched life-size origami. Source: VOGUE

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