Runway To Real Way: Join the Pep Squad! Picking the Best Peplums for Fall

August 19, 2013 • Magazine, Runway To Real Way

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The one upside of this summer being unseasonably mild is that it eases the transition from summer to fall fashion. With August temps firmly entrenched in the 70’s, New York Fashion Week invitations are flowing in and our fall wardrobe wish list is already underway. One of the holding court at pieces at the top is a perky new peplum that can usher us elegantly from the old season to the new. Taking cues from the fall 2013 runways, here are the options we’re choosing between. And so should you.

White gets such a bad rap. Between the old Labor Day adage and the first snowfall, white tends to retreat to the backs of our closets and makes nary an appearance during fall. But nowhere in the unwritten Fashion Rule Book does it say that it can’t enjoy autumn as much as any other color so we’ve decided to take back the white. Yigal Azrouel seemingly agrees, as he showed a creamy peplum confection on his Fall 2013 runway. We love how the belt makes such an effortless chic statement so we looked to duplicate that in our slightly more summery alternative. Alice + Olivia always provide great options when it comes to fun and flirty dresses, and the Moria Sleeveless Peplum Mini is no exception. With a lightweight blazer, this dress is a perfect day to evening option for fall.

Another color we’d love to see get more mileage in fall in purple. As a rich jewel tone, it does get some time on the playing field but it’s not often we get to see a peplum and purple together. Alexandre Herchcovitch trotted out a gorgeous plum peplum with floral embroider in his Fall 2013 show and we knew we had to have some version of that for our evening fall wardrobe. Swap out the sleeves and add in some lace and we found a dynamite version from BCBGMAXAZRIA. The sheer lace panels may not be for the faint of heart, but this plum peplum pairing is sure to keep heads turning until the first frost.

If we’re talking about colors that can be related to fall, there is arguably none more recognizable than orange. Whether it’s carrot, cantaloupe or peach, the yummiest of harvest hues is that much more delectable as a peplum. Zac Posen got it (as he always does) by showcasing a gorgeous pumpkin-colored peplum top in his Fall 2013 collection. With a tweed skirt and velvet shoes, his head to toe look is pretty much everything we aspire to be next season. To get things going, we found a fun and decidedly less fancy alternative courtesy of Moschino. Replacing Posen’s sliced up panels for a more casual curved seam detail, we could easily pair this with jeans peplum piece and wear it out and about for all the fun outings fall has to offer.

What’s a story on peplums for fall without a little dare to bare black? As a clearly season-less staple, we thought we’d we’d add a little texture into the mix, like a little swath of fall feathers. Light and airy, feathers add a bit of whimsy to any cold weather ensemble. Lela Rose, who’s theme for her fall 2013 collection centered on nursery rhymes and fairy tales, made sure feathers were a central character in her storybook. Her feathery peplum is too perfectly playful to pass up so we found a similar fluttery look in the Luma dress by Alice + Olivia.

As we near closer to the season of fall fashion, put some “pep” into your wardrobe with these fun and playful peplum pieces!

Look 1: White Peplum
Runway: Yigal Azrouel Fall 2013 RTW
Real Way: ALICE + OLIVIA Moria Sleeveless Peplum Mini Dress with Belt, now $238

Look 2: Plum Peplum
Runway: Alexandre Herchcovitch Fall 2013 RTW
Real Way: BCBGMAXAZRIA Sleeveless Peplum Dress, $368

Look 3: Orange Peplum
Runway: Zac Posen Fall 2013 RTW
Real Way: MOSCHINO Peplum Top, now $476.15

Look 4: Black Feather Peplum
Runway: Lela Rose Fall 2013 RTW
Real Way: Alice + Olivia Luma Feather-Peplum Dress, $495

– Alia Rajput

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