Partial to a peplum?

With each new season comes a new ‘must wear’ silhouette, and for Spring/Summer 2o12 the catwalks have heralded to return of the curve enhancing peplum. As spotted at YSL and Alexander McQueen, this is a look that is all about structure. It has been a staple of haute couture for decades – even the ancient Greeks were partial to a peplum  - but this season has seen it hit the mainstream.

Seen on the Autumn/Winter catwalks at fashion houses such as Givenchy, Vera Wang, Marc Jacobs and Stella McCartney and on stars such as Michelle Williams, Emma Stone, Miranda Kerr, Beyonce, Liv Tyler and Kate Middleton, it is set to be a big hit for this season.

A peplum is a time honoured dressmaker’s device, designed to exaggerate the curve of the hips rather than to mask it. A  small, but full skirt that falls just to the waist is the most usual incarnation of the style.

In complete contrast to the slouchy sports luxe shape, a peplum will add definition to curves. Now that they have been added to tops and jackets in addition to the traditional skirts and dresses, you can easily introduce them to both your office and evening wardrobes.

This season’s peplum trend has the power to give you curves like never before, creating the illusion of a smaller waist and womanly hips. The high street has also embraced the trend, giving us the same variety of styles, but on a more purse friendly budget.  

A peplum will add shape your figure, however the key thing to remember when trying one for the first time is that the garment should fit perfectly around your waist. Try to keep your silhouette and shapes simple, avoid fussy jackets or scarves as this will ruin the sculptural shape you are trying to achieve and be sure to finish the look with some killer heels.

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