The peplum was first introduced by Dior in the 1950s and was worn by some of the famous actresses of that period. Half a century later, the peplum is back in designers’ attention being a constant presence on catwalks this year. Some women find it hard to distinguish between clothes with peplum and regular flounces or pleats, but there is one aspect you need to take into account: peplum garments are usually tight fitting around the waist and larger on the hips in order to make the latter look more “generous”.
You don’t necessarily have to wear dresses in order to adopt this trend as there are many other garments that have been endowed with peplum. You can find various tops and shirts that are more or less casual. The secret to perfectly wear this trend is to make the peplum the key element of your outfit. For that, it is recommended to wear tight-fitting pants and jeans.
The above mentioned rule is also valid for skirts with peplum. These garments are very popular at present and they can be found in the spring/summer collections of many designers, such as, Burberry Prorsum, Christian Dior and Jason Wu, but also in less expensive store like H&M, Zara and Urban Outfitters. Just make sure you combine them with tight tops, so the outfit would not look sloppy.
Peplum jackets are easier to wear in comparison with other types of clothes. Unlike dresses and blouses which can be a little bit uncomfortable during a regular day at work, jackets can be taken off in an indoor space. Most peplum jackets we have seen on the catwalk have thin belts for a bigger contrast between the waist and the hips.
In case you don’t want to invest your money in clothes that are too extravagant, you can always recreate this trend with the help of peplum belts. Some stores have already started to commercialize these accessories, so you can purchase a black peplum belt and combine it with any clothes you like.