The definition of a peplum from the Oxford dictionary-”a short gathered or pleated strip of fabric attached at the waist of a woman’s jacket, dress, or blouse to create a hanging frill or flounce” . The description really doesn’t do it justice though because there are a myriad of configurations of this flirty style element. And they all take a garment to a whole new level of femininity. As evidenced by the spring and fall 2012 collections, many designers are resurrecting the peplum, which was very much in vogue back in the 1940s. Of course I think this is actually one of those classic looks that never really goes out of style. It really flatters many figures by emphasizing the hourglass silhouette.
NOW -Here are some current looks from the runways.
Top left to right- Jason Wu, next two Alexander McQueen spring 2012
Bottom left to right- Zac Posen, next two Lanvin fall 2012
THEN- And here are what peplum fashions looked like back in the 1940s
And here are a couple of cute peplum blouses we recently added to the website. Pair with a pencil skirt for a fabulous femme fatale 40s look!
What do you think? Is the peplum look for you?