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Trending in Fashion: The Peplum

Posted by Alexandra C. | Thursday February 23, 201224 comments

As someone who has spent most of her shopping life trying to find items that conceal or reduce her wide hips, the sudden peplum trend leaves me scratching my head. If you're not familiar with the term 'peplum', chances are you may just not know what it's called, but you've definitely seen it before. 

(images via elle.com
Now, I always assumed that peplum died in the 80's along with shoulder pads and acid wash denim. However, just as the shoulder pad came back with a vengeance a few seasons back, now the peplum has been resurrected and seems stronger than ever!

(images via elle.com

Designers like Yves Saint Laurent and Jason Wu have brought back the peplum in their Spring 2012 shows. Not only are we seeing the peplum in skirts or dress but also in jackets and tops.  

Forever 21 Woven Peplum Top (C$25.90), Ribbon Striped Peplum Top (UK$20.00)

Since it's runway debut, I can't go into an H&M or Forever 21 without catching a glimpse of a peplum tee or skirt!

Alice + Olivia Vicky Peplum Dress (C$415.00),  Kenzo Peplum Pencil Skirt (C$675.00) 

(images via newsfashiontrend.comcelebs.gather.com)  
I don't actually mind the peplum trend; on other people that is. Like I've said, the peplum draws attention to hips and that's not exactly on my to-do list. I say, if you have the confidence to rock a peplum, go right ahead lady! Just take a look at these celebs (Dianna Agron and Emma Stone) who strut it in a peplum!

What do you think of the peplum trend? Would you or do you wear it? 
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on March 15, 2012  Silly Bee  348 said:

I agree with the fitting issue. I think the best peplums are done with perfectly fitted silhouettes and fabrics that can hold the ruffle and not look limp. Especially on the tops. Diana Agron's top is way too unstructured for a peplum as is the pink top with the black fitted pants on the runway. The silvery gray runway look with cutaway pants and hat-- I love that top with 3/4 length sleeves. It's all in the fit and the fabric.

on March 08, 2012  LadyChick234234  3,701 said:

I can't wear them (I have big hips too Alex) so maybe if you're like a tomboy figure and quite slim. Definitely harder to wear if you're curvy.

on February 29, 2012  annabelle807  316 said:

I think that peplum looks really classy - when done right. I agree that while on the lower half of the body, it may accentuate your hips, if the hemline hits right at the hipbone and is slightly flared out from that point, it can help to streamline your body.

It looks great on Emma Stone (but then again, that girl looks great in everything!) but I think on Dianna Agron, it looks slightly ill-fitting. That's another thing about peplum, I guess, the design is usually body-hugging and if it isn't tailored exactly to your body, it can look like you're playing dress-up with another person's clothes...

on February 29, 2012  Andrea said:

I bought a couple cute halter tops,,got home and noticed they were like this..i rocked it tho :)

on February 29, 2012  assia  1,578 said:

Not my style...

on February 29, 2012  LEHA  1,658 said:

I don't like the skirts or dresses in this style, but the tops are kind of cute. I think that if the hemline of the top falls at the right place, it can actually make the hips look a bit slimmer and hide a few bulges, as in the model with the blue hat at the top. I don't like what Emma Stone has on, and whoever put together that outfit for Diana Agron should be fired - way to make a pretty young lady look like an old hag!

on February 29, 2012  merri said:

With all the emphasis on 'real women' lately, and having to have curves, this new trend could help put us uncurvy women back into the game. I think it is overall kinda ugly, but when it's done well, which seems hard to do, it's cute, and nicely provides the suggestion of hips/butt for those of us lacking in that department!

on February 27, 2012  staceb  1,174 said:

I remember this trend from back in the day. Not really for me.

on February 27, 2012  petitechouxx  2,859 said:

I like it but not sure it will suit me...

on February 27, 2012  mela86  2,943 said:

I guess it depends on how it fits you and how you pair it. The model wearing the blue one with the silver pants seems to be pulling it off well.

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