How to wear a peplum
Posted on August 24 2012 - Charlotte Stockton
If you are yet to see or hear about the peplum trend, firstly, where have you been hiding for the past season!? And secondly, fear not! Whether you are a regular peplum patron or consider yourself a little pep-shy, Team LBD are here to guide you through the murky waters of figure-minimising and maximising waist-ruffles whichever fruit you’re shaped like and wherever the night takes you…
If you don’t already know, a peplum is a ruffle around the waist, and they not only look fabulous but also do wonders for your figure, whatever your shape. By nipping you in at the waist and creating a flat stomach, the impression of the much-desired hourglass figure is given. And its not only Team LBD who like the peplum, they’ve been spotted on catwalks and red carpets alike in recent months with celebrities from Holly Willoughby to Emma Stone. So make like these stylish stars and follow our simple how to for the perfect peplum look:
Peplums on a night out
Hedonie Black Teresa Dress, £90, Bill Skinner Gold Horse Necklace, £135, United Nude Elastic Remix Hi Heel, Was: £170, Now: £105.
As the stars have shown us, peplums are perfect to wear on a night out- whether it is for cocktails with the girls or a dinner date with someone special. For this scenario, we say you can’t go wrong with a peplum LBD! By choosing a tight body-con style, such as the Hedonia Black Teresa Dress, £90, you can easily make the peplum trend ready for Saturday night. Pair it with statement accessories such as big gold jewellery to really stand out.
Peplums in the office
Matilda & Quinn Alice Dress in Blue, Was: £240, Now: £139, Alison van der Lande Mini Grace Bag, £360, Bourne Agnes Shoe in Black, Was: £154, Now: £84.65.
The peplum can also work whilst at work. There are many options where the dress gives a fitted silhouette without being figure hugging or too tight, such as the Matilda & Quinn Alice Dress in Blue, Was: £249, Now: £139, which is very smart with its asymmetric collar and sophisticated colour. Add a black clutch bag and high heels and you are ready to go!
It is also important to wear the right kind of peplum for your shape in order to look your best in it…
Kate Fearnley Astrid Dress, Was: £170, Now: £127.50, The Paula Bolton Collection Razzle Dazzle Earrings, £61, Bourne Adele Shoe in Black, Was: £140, Now: £77.22.
An apple shape carries more weight around their middle whilst having slim arms and legs, so to accentuate your best assets a mini dress will look amazing because it shows off your legs! The benefit of the peplum to you is that it will draw in your stomach and create a more defined waistline. Bearing this in mind, we suggest the Kate Fearnley Astrid Dress in Red, Was: £170, Now: £127.50, which will also slim your shoulders with its one-shoulder design, as bandeaus are to be avoided by apple shapes. Because of its bright colour, wear with subtle accessories and let the dress do the talking!
The Pretty Dress Company Belgravia Pencil Dress, £95, Tatty Devine Mexican Embroidery Necklace, £140, United Nude Fold Sandal Deluxe Heel, Was: £149, Now: £89.40.
Pear shapes have wider hips and carry weight on their thighs while having a slender top half with a narrow waist and shoulders so are best to avoid tight skirts. Instead draw attention higher up by wearing large collars or a statement necklace. The perfect pear-friendly peplum has got to be The Pretty Dress Company Belgravia Pencil Dress, £95, paired with a big bright necklace such as the Tatty Devine Mexican Embroidery Large Necklace- it IS £140, but for all the simple black dresses it will transform, Team LBD think it’s well worth the investment!
The hourglass shape is perfect for the peplum. It will highlight your already small waist, and by choosing one with a square neck, it will emphasise your curves in all the right places. We like the Kate Fearnley Fontaine Dress in Pink/Orange, which is a gorgeous way of wearing the peplum trend and giving the clashing colour look one last hurrah before autumn comes around. Wear it with bright heels and pretty earrings to finish the look.
Those with boyish shapes are lucky enough to suit almost any styles of dress from mini to maxi, fitted to loose, and this rule continues for the peplum. However, it is best if boyish shapes avoid necklines that draw attention to their shoulders, which are often broader, so we recommend a bandeau style dress. This little beauty by Quontum is perfect for the boyish shape. Its body-con style will show off your slim body while its side and back peplum detail will widen your hips slightly, creating more of an hourglass figure. Pair with white accessories for a fabulous style.