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A Penchant For Peplums

February 26, 2012

Fashion | by Sophia Miles


One particular fashion that has resurfaced and caught my eye recently, is the use of peplums. Defined as ‘a short overskirt or ruffle attached at the waistline of a jacket, blouse, or dress’ peplums are one of a rare breed of designs that suit just about anyone. They can add much desired curves to those with a petite or boyish frame, yet hide larger hips and create the illusion of a small waist for the more pear shaped or hourglass figures – think of them as the modern day corset.

They can be used on dresses, tops, coats and even trousers as seen at Dries Van Noten, and therefore can be dressed both up or down depending on the effect required. Two piece sets at D&G made use of the trend in a more professional setting, creating a modern adaptation of the power suit, whereas Nina Ricci designed gorgeous multi-coloured cocktail dresses, which are just what the doctor ordered for a night on the town.

Peplums have appeared everywhere on the catwalks,

altered according to specific designers’ tastes. Vera Wang and Alexander McQueen opted for floaty, romantised garments with layers in pastel shades or white, producing a very feminine feel. On the other hand, Zac Posen chose to make the peplum shape very square, giving a much harsher, powerful silhouette, which was counter-acted by using a bright colour palette. Following this, Givenchy added extra sex appeal by using black as the

The beauty of the peplum being so flattering andpredominant colour, and incorporating feathers and shiny materials such as PVC and transparent gauze to show a bit more flesh.

accessible means that it is not just the fashion houses that are producing garments using them. High street stores such as H&M, Zara and even Primark are manufacturing lots of different items that remain on trend without breaking the bank. Famous faces such as Lady Gaga (a self-confessed Zac Posen addict), Fergie and Emma Watson are all fans of the peplum – providing evidence that they are big fashion news no matter what your style, budget or shape.

Sophia Miles