[Jill Sander, LWren Scott, Peter Som]
Webster defines the peplum as = “A short flared, gathered, or pleated strip of fabric attached at the waist of a woman’s jacket, dress, or blouse.” But this season, the peplum is that and so much more… The feminine shape graced numerous runways in every possible incarnation, even branching beyond the aforementioned definition to include skirts. Tailored and trim at the waist, the peplum is a great way to create an hourglass figure, whether or not Mother Nature has blessed you with one. But like many trends, it can be tricky…
Click through for my tips on HOW to wear the peplum style, and a round up of the best peplums in every category!
[STYLIST TIP] If a peplum top is on the short side, make sure that your jeans or skirt sit high enough on the waist, that any buttons or zippers are hidden. The idea is to enhance your natural waist by drawing the eye to the seam. NOT to create an awkward “second” waist.
[STYLIST TIP] If you need a cover up during fall/winter months, don’t top your peplum with a waist length coat or you’ll wind up loosing the shape and looking larger on top. Instead, stick with a snug, cropped jacket, wrap or a slim fit cardigan.
[STYLIST TIP] If you are a bit larger in the hips than in the bust, the peplum skirt is not your friend. However, this style is great for ladies who either have very little curve, OR have enough up top to balance the bottom. The the extra volume at the hips works to create that covetable hourglass shape we all want!
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