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How to Wear the Peplum Trend this Spring


peplum on the spring 2012 runways
Marc by Marc Jacobs, Cynthia Rowley, Giambattista Valli & Giorgio Armani Spring 2012 RTW | Elle

If you’ve flipped through a fashion magazine or gone shopping for some new spring duds recently, you’ll know that peplum silhouettes are a HUGE trend this spring.

In case you didn’t know, peplum refers to a piece with a ruffle around the waist, which adds volume while creating a flattering hourglass shape. Tops, skirts, dresses and jackets have undergone a peplum makeover this season and it looks like this trend will be sticking around for at least the rest of the year.

Need some outfit ideas before you rock this trend? Scroll on down to check out four spring-appropriate ways to wear peplum this season:

How to Wear a Peplum Top

If you’re looking for an easygoing, yet stylish way to wear peplum, look no further than this coral-colored blouse — the simple silhouette and bright color make it perfect for daytime. Since peplum is so voluminous, always pair it with sleek and streamlined pieces — like skinny jeans and wedge sandals — to keep the outfit from looking too over-the-top. A bold striped clutch adds interest, while geometric stud earrings and a sculptural statement necklace add a touch of glamour.

peplum top outfit idea
Product Info: Earrings- Kendra Scott, Top- ModCloth, Bag- Madewell, Jeans- Mango, Shoes- Swell, Necklace- Nasty Gal

How to Wear a Peplum Dress

Peplum dresses are versatile pieces and accordingly, they can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. This seafoam green frock has been styled for a semi-formal evening with some dressy sandals and a delicate laser-cut handbag. When wearing peplum, consider accessorizing with a skinny belt, as it will further accentuate that hourglass shape — in this case, we added an edgy leopard print belt. Lastly, add a pair of stylish oversized earrings to make a chic statement.

peplum dress outfit idea
Product Info: Earrings- Bebe, Dress- Dorothy Perkins, Bag- Nordstrom, Shoes- DSW, Belt- Old Navy

How to Wear a Peplum Skirt

Peplum skirts have a such a fun, flirty vibe, and pairing this red skirt with a bold polka-dot blouse really emphasizes that feminine look. Black pointy-toe flats elongate the legs, while a matching purse adds a sophisticated touch. Accessorize with rose-shaped drop earrings and a rhinestone bracelet for a cute and girly outfit.

peplum skirt outfit idea
Product Info: Earrings- LC Lauren Conrad, Top- Republic, Skirt- ModCloth, Bag- Forever 21, Shoes- H&M, Bracelet- ModCloth

How to Wear a Peplum Jacket

Peplum jackets can add polish to any outfit and that’s just what this floral print number does for an otherwise low-key look. Start by pairing basic black shorts with a simple striped tee, then layer on the peplum jacket. The jacket already comes with a belt (score!) and therefore really cinches in the waist. Add a pair of masculine oxfords, then accessorize with a glam mint green cocktail ring. For the finishing touch add some gold-rimmed sunglasses for a casual, yet chic look.

peplum jacket outfit idea
Product Info: Jacket- Forever 21, Top- J. Crew, Sunglasses- ModCloth, Shorts- H&M, Ring- Forever 21, Shoes- ASOS

Your thoughts?

What do you think of this trend? Would you ever wear peplum? What do you think of the outfits? Which one is your favorite? How would you wear peplum? Remember to leave a comment below and tell us what you think!

Posted on on April 8, 2012 / Filed Under: Trends / Tags: , , , ,

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27 Responses to “How to Wear the Peplum Trend this Spring”

  1. 1
    April 8th, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Love the dress and skirt! I always thought peplums were cute but I wasn’t sure if the trend would stick around. But after seeing this post I definitely want to invest in a peplum dress for spring!

  2. 2
    April 8th, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Love the jacket outfit along with the skirt and top outfit!

  3. 3
    April 8th, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    I’m not too sure about this trend. I feel like it looks frumpy. I have a really stick-ish figure, so I think the peplum would make my bottom half look disproportionate. The red top and the jacket are nice, but I’m just not too sure of the dress

  4. 4
    April 8th, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    The skirt outfit is adorable. And the jacket seems like a safe way to try out the trend. While the dress is lovely, I think that it would only be flattering on certain people.

  5. 5
    April 8th, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    I’m in agreement with some of the other posters. I think this style would make me look a little “hippy” and disproportionate. Definitely giving this one a pass.

  6. 6
    April 8th, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Not my favorite trend. The first shirt and the jacket aren’t bad, but I’m not a fan of the silhouette in general.

  7. 7
    April 8th, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I already have an hourglass/pear shape and I feel like this would accentuate my hips, which is not really something I want. So I’ll be passing on this trend.

  8. 8
    April 8th, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    I love love love peplums! I have a little bit of a bigger waist and hips but I’ve found that the peplum actually really gives me a great hourglass shape. If you are worried about looking ‘hippy’ I would highly suggest you at least try a peplum on because you might be pleasantly surprised!

  9. 9
    April 8th, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    I just bought a peplum romper at Buffalo Exchange, and I’m so glad I did! This trend is so cute!

  10. 10
    April 8th, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Love te peplum trend! Skirt is my favorite :) Great post!

  11. 11
    April 8th, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    I have an hourglass shape as well…peplum is adorable, just not for me!

  12. 12
    April 8th, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Loved this article and how it covered all aspects of the peplum trend (skirt, jacket, dress, etc.).

  13. 13
    April 10th, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    I’ve been dying to try out the peplum trend and really want to wear a peplum skirt to my new job!! Thanks for the great outfit ideas! This is one of my favorite CF posts :)

  14. 14
    April 11th, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    I adore the peplum trend! It’s such a fun, feminine touch…Our Morgan studs pair perfectly with peplum! Thanks so much for the love!


  15. 15
    April 11th, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Can you please do an article on how to wear wedge heels? I recently bought a pair of bright purple wedges and it’s harder than I thought to find outfits to go with them.

  16. 16
    April 21st, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    This trend is only good if you have no hips- at all. The peplum skirts/tops with the ruffles over your belly are only good if your stomach is totally flat, otherwise it’ll look like a maternity piece.

    It’s such a feminine look, but I’m lucky that I have a well-proportioned hourglass shape so I don’t want to hide that!

  17. 17
    December 5th, 2012 at 2:55 am

    I think peplums are nice, they r especially cute on me! I just bought a wine peplum lace dress, pls can someone give me an advice on the shoes that will go wit it?

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