One of the big trends for Spring/Summer 2012 is the Peplum.
What’s a peplum I hear you cry! Well the dictionary describes it as: a short full flounce or an extension of a garment below the waist, covering the hips.
The peplum is great! It nips in the waist making you appear slimmer and then the extra material covers your hips, hiding a few sins.
Celine and Dior added peplums to sharp suits to give extra detail as well as some femininity to a sometimes masculine look.
It was Alexandra McQueen’s look that I love the most. The peplums were so pretty in lace creating a whimsical feel, again to classic bold shapes such as a pencil skirt.
Jason Wu’s peplum had a real vintage feel with a plain black top and white/black polka dot skirt with matching peplum.
As always, this trend is perfect for us vintage gals as there are loads of peplums out there waiting to adorn our waists. They were first seen in the 1800s and early examples were seen in a very early fashion book called Gody’s “Lady’s Book”. They sat perfectly over a hoop and emphasised their tiny corseted waists. They were not part of the jacket but added on as a fashion accessory!
They had a comeback in the late 40s as women realised they could get an instant hourglass figure from a simple frill! One of my favourite dresses in my collection dates from the 1950s. It was featured in a blog called “Welcome to my Wardrobe”
The peplum classically sits on a jacket. This one dates from the 1980s and would be perfect for work or teamed with jeans.
Or how about on a blouse? These again are 1980s peplums. The lurex thread one is so cute and would be great over a little black dress to add the key look.
Or maybe this bright red one for this seasons bold colour blocking trend. The peplum sticks out less but still gives you the effect in a slightly more masculine way.
This 1960s/70s dress is a sexy version of the peplum as its so fitted.
And finally, how about a maxi dress? This pastel aqua blue dress will look amazing on your holidays..team with flipflops for a casual evening out or glam up with stilettos!