The Peplum Trend

The Peplum Trend

I like to call peplums “curve creators”. This nipped-in waist look from the fifties has been trending it way from runway to red carpet to high street. On the runway, it appeared in many different ways from fussy and ruffly at Alexander McQueen to simple and more traditional (granny like) at Celine.

Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton

To me, a stubby 5ft 2″ sport-rock kinda girl, the peplum trend is a total nightmare. How can you make this “look” work? Well, according to the fashionistas,  first of all you need a pencil skirt à la princess style (read: Kate Middleton). And you need heels, high ones. Saying that, the peplum, whether attached to a top or dress, is actually very flattering and hence the basis of its appeal. If you’re tall and carrot shaped, it can create an hour glass silhouette and if you’re wanting to smooth over that tummy area then it will do just that.

Kate Middleton in Matthew Williamson

Celebs are just loving this trend. Michelle Williams looked incredible at the Oscars earlier this year in a scarlet Louis Vuitton floor length peplum gown. And even though this trend is hard to pull off with trousers, my girl crush Gwen Stefani nailed it in a sheer black Stella McCartney jumpsuit (below).

Gwen Stefani in Stella McCartney

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