Trends tend to have a way of recurring throughout the decades and this season is no exception. The peplum is back from both the 1940s and the 1980s and it is ready to take fashion by storm! A peplum is basically a flared piece of fabric at the waist of a dress, skirt, or top. Lanvin and Alice + Olivia both featured more than five peplum pieces in their Fall 2012 collections, sending a clear message to the fashion world that peplums are here to stay.

This silhouette is flattering for any body type. Lanvin’s show-stopping red peplum dress was seen on both Kim Kardashian and Charlize Theron, proving that the peplum works on a variety of womanly shapes. The peplum creates a streamlined, feminine look while concealing any concerns a woman may have with her midriff. The trend may seem tricky at first, but pairing a peplum top with some skinny jeans to contrast the volume at the waist makes for an chic and ladylike silhouette. If this is too girly for you, look for an edgier take on the trend. Peplums are popping up in leather for the tougher girl and bright neons colors for the free-spirit. Add some fun accessories, maybe some studded bracelets, and this trend is personalized to your specific taste bringing the runway to your closet.

– Erin Reimel


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