Thursday, March 8, 2012

My Present Passion: Peplum

pep·lum/ˈpepləm/ : A short flared, gathered, or pleated strip of fabric attached at the waist of a woman's jacket, dress, or blouse.

Also, currently the most adorable detail that gives an emsemble instant class, while accentuating curves.  It's been popping up on the catwalk and red carpet for the past couple of years and now it's easier to find online and in stores.  Scroll down for how you can add some peplum to your wardrobe.


Where it has been seen

[caption id="attachment_837" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Alexander McQueen, Spring 2012, Photos courtey of Marcus Tondo/"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_839" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="alice + olivia, Pre-fall 2012"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_838" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="alice + olivia, Fall 2012"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_840" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Bottega Veneta, Fall 2012, Photos courtesy of Yannis Vlamos/"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_841" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Burberry Prorsum Spring 2012, Christian Dior Spring 2012 and Badgley Mischka Spring 2012, Photos courtesy of Yannis Vlamos and Marcus Tondo of"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_853" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2012, Sachika Fall 2011, Elizabeth and James Fall 2012, Photos courtesy of Yannis Vlamos/, Sachika, Elizabeth and James"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_844" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Lanvin Fall 2012, Photos courtesy of Yannis Vlamos/"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_846" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Rebecca Taylor Fall 2012, Milly Fall 2012, 10 Crosby Derek Lam Fall 2012, Photos courtesy of Yannis Vlamos/, 10 Crosby Derek Lam"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_848" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Tory Burch Fall 2012, Zac Posen Fall 2012, Photos courtesy of Yannis Vlamos and Alessandro Viero of"][/caption]


Who is wearing it

[caption id="attachment_845" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Blake Lively, Ashley Greene, Michelle Williams, Dianna Agron"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_849" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Emma Watson, Leelee Sobieski, Liv Tyler, Beyoncé"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_855" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Jennifer Aniston, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Hudson, Emma Stone"][/caption]


How you can get it

Peplum is adorable on dresses and tops worn with pencil skirts or slim pants.  I just ordered a peplum dress from and I'm impatiently waiting for it to arrive just in time for spring.  Below are a few more options that I found online.  You can also try belting longer, flowy shirts to create a similar flared effect.  When doing so, select a wider belt and tops with a round or sweetheart neckline to convey a vintage vibe.  Update it with a top that is printed, sleeveless or has a deep V-neck and try an embellished belt.

[caption id="attachment_861" align="aligncenter" width="364" caption="My new dress: Zipper Peplum Dress $34 from Go Jane"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_859" align="aligncenter" width="404" caption="Floral Tube Peplum Top $25.30 from Go Jane"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_860" align="aligncenter" width="404" caption="Stripe Peplum Dress $26.50 from Go Jane"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_881" align="aligncenter" width="350" caption="L.A. or Bustier $44.99 from Mod Cloth"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_880" align="aligncenter" width="350" caption="Irresistable Enchantress Peplum Dress $169.99 from Mod Cloth"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_878" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Eternal Flame of Love Peplum Skirt $42.99 from Mod Cloth"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_877" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Bronze and Brains Peplum Skirt $72.99 from Mod Cloth"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_876" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Broken Levels Skirt $138 from Anthropologie"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_866" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Awear Floral Peplum Top $44.76 from Asos"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_883" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Rare Peplum Dress $44.76 from Asos"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_882" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Peplum Tee $16.90 from Alloy"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_879" align="aligncenter" width="393" caption="Francesca Dress $1,495 from J. Crew"][/caption]