Have a peplum


marie claire France februar

Among all spring/summer 2012 trends this one was impossible to miss. Peplums were everywhere. Just a bunch of designers resisted sending them down the runway.

It felt almost as if we got force fed with peplums. They were the answer to everything. Having a happy day? Have a peplum. Feeling flirty? Have a peplum. Feeling like you need to hide a few bumps? Oh, yes, have a peplum. Want a thinner looking waist? Definitely have a peplum. Channelling 1950s trend? Don’t forget the peplum.

I had a few problems with that. Just like in any situation the more somebody tries to convince me that something is that good to make it into a must-have list, the less I want it. My brain develops a fashion antihistamine to stop the trend allergy from developing. Beside, I couldn’t visualise myself in peplum.

A few months down the line I realised that, apart from the above mentioned intolerance, I somehow ended seeing most peplums as a part of a skirt. This is where I went wrong. While the peplum skirts and dresses didn’t agree with me, the tops and jackets were the perfect solution. Something black or white, cinched with a thin belt, worn with cigarette trousers, boyfriend jeans, tulip or full skirt. That felt very “me”.

What I’ve also learned is that there’s the right peplum shape for everyone – some may prefer just a hint of it (Giambattista Valli and Preen) while others will go for a very clean cut (think Celine and Cushnie et Ochs), an absolute fantasy (McQueen, Marchesa or Givenchy) or very “New Look” (Dior, Ermanno Scervino or Zac Posen)

One thing I am sure of is that this isn’t something I’d buy as an investment piece, so high street is the best place to search for my perfect peplum top. And yes, I am still looking for one.


Alexander McQueen * Marchesa * Givenchy


Ermanno Scervino * Jason Wu * Zac Posen


Cacharel * Paul Costelloe * Celine


Christian Dior * Giorgio Armani * Cushnie et Ochs


Badgley & Mischka * Vera Wang * Francesco Scognamiglio


Frankie Morello * Nina Ricci * Dries van Noten


Marni * Giambattista Valli * Preen

Do you or would you have a peplum in your life?

Photo sources: Marie Claire France February 2012, elle.com


  1. Не стала переводить с английского то, что ты написала. Но поняла, что что-то про баску. Так вроде эта деталь называется. Мне нравится. И у меня есть.

  2. i love the peplum shirts, but i don't have one. def i should buy one- great inspiration for styling! thanks.
    maren anita

    FASHION-MEETS-ART by Maren Anita

  3. I own several different peplum garments....love this trend!

  4. Hey, Little Rus, I wanted to write about peplums a couple of months ago as there were a lot of them on the podiums. I saw yesterday a blouse peplum, red with white polka dots. A little to much? Well...my favorite from here are: Jason Wu, Zac Posen and Badgley & Mischka :D

  5. The same happens to me when it comes to trends and season's must-haves. Or any fashion item of the same designer that appears in every fashion magazine, like they can't think of anything else to feature. I think a top is the best solution when it comes to peplum. I still don't know if I would wear one, I have to try it on, because so many times I thought something would suit me well and it didn't or vice versa. xo

  6. I love peplum tops! :) But not skirts for some reason! hmmm


    The Sydney Girl

  7. If I have to be honest, at the beginning I couldn't understand the peplum 'invasion' and I still believe it's not a very versatile piece to integrate in a wardrobe. Having said that, few weeks ago I welcomed my first peplum in the shape of a H&M Trend white piece that looks very much like one of the pieces of the LV' SS 2012 collection...Still deciding how should I wear it...

  8. The last time I wore a peplum was in high school! LOL Don't get me wrong. I think they're really cute, but as you mentioned they're not one of my wardrobe staples. I think they go in and out of fashion. Excellent points made!