While the peplum dates back to the ancient Greeks and was popular throughout the Medieval and Renaissance eras as well as the 1950s and ‘80s, today it is more stylish and refined than ever – and no longer limited to ladylike frocks and jackets. These new silhouettes are contemporary, sleek, and almost architectural in their precision. Here are our three favorite ways to rock a peplum:
Dresses: If you want to make a statement, this ASOS shocking pink sculptured midi-dress is perfect for summer parties – just add “nude for you” pumps and maybe a cuff bracelet or two. If you’d prefer something more neutral, try this sleek black number by alice + olivia. Both options are fashionably flattering.
Skirts: The dramatic shape created by this Mark & James by Badgley Mischka skirt would stand out paired with a simple fitted tee and tights in the winter, and a tank and wedges in the summer. No further fuss needed. A bolder choice would be this Matthew Williamson turquoise mini that’s ideal for a tropical vacation (or pretending you’re on a exotic trip), and would highlight a (faux) bronze glow perfectly.
Tops: Black lace over blush colored silk is about as elegant as it gets. This impeccable Alexander McQueen shell is a modern classic, as perfect with black leather pants as it would be with a full satin ballgown skirt – and everything in between. If the McQueen piece is too rich for your blood (or wallet), this black lace top from ASOS is a very reasonable substitute.
Of course, we have seen peplum pants (ick) and even bathing suits, but that’s taking the trend a little too far in our humble opinion. Keep it simple and fairly classic, and this ancient silhouette will look downright futuristic.
1. ASOS Peplum Midi Dress With V Neck, $69.58
2. alice + olivia Victoria Peplum Dress, £215
3. Mark & James by Badgley Mischka Cotton Peplum Skirt, now $319.99
4. Matthew Williamson Silk Blend Peplum Skirt, $550
5. Alexander McQueen Lace and Silk Peplum Top, $2115
6. ASOS Top In Lace With Peplum, $48.71
– Jacqueline Zenn
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