Peplum is the retro-chic all-the-craze-now silhouette.

It’s distinguishable, memorable, and definitely a break from flowy bias cut shapes. It’s ruffles on structure so it adds a sophistication to the ruffled look.

It’s being implemented on not just dresses, but also cardigans, blouses, jackets, and skirts. It’s a cute shape and I think if worn a certain way can hide a few extra pounds. A definite bonus!

A history lesson for you, if you don’t mind. The peplum was a shape around in the 30s and 40s on women’s dresses. It was the sophisticated and structured look that women had and you’ll see plenty of these if you watch old black and white movies around the 1940s that featured fashionable women. The word “peplum” is actually of Greek origin simply meaning “tunic.” Makes sense, since the start of peplums were long tops or jackets with ruffles at the bottom. However, all this being said, the peplum actually dates back to around the 19th century riding coat.

And that’s how it has evolved to now fit with today’s runway fashions….

Many designers fashioned it on the runway and its even hitting more reasonably priced stores as well. Included in the list of designers who brought this silhouette to life on the runway are Alexander McQueen, Celine, Giorgio Armani, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Yves Saint Laurent.

Alexander McQueen Runway

If you’d like to purchase some perfectly pretty peplums here are some I’ve found:

Alice + Olivia – Mary Strapless Peplum Dress -$330.00

Paprika – Peplum Belted Skirt – $57.30

Alice + Olivia – Victoria Peplum Dress – $264.00

Marc by Marc Jacobs – Marfa Cotton And Silk-Blend Faille Peplum Dress – $600

McQ Alexander McQueen – Stretch Cotton-Twill Peplum Jacket – $850

Dorothy Perkins – Purple Ponte Peplum Dress – $55

White House Black Market – Casual Peplum Jacket – $59.99

Your mom or grandma might have sported the peplum a few decades ago, will you be sporting the peplum this time around?


2 Comments to “P..P..P..Peplum!”

  1. I LOVE peplum so glad to see its more available, definitely a classic feminine design!

  2. I love this trend, it’s so girly and feminine!

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