The Tail of Peplum

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The Tail of Peplum

Peplum is one of the strongest fashion styles popping up on the department store rails and one of my favorite fashion trends.

A peplum is basically an over skirt, that is usually attached to another garment such as a jacket, blouse, skirt or dress. Its main purpose was essentially to highlight the mini waist by bringing out the hips.

In the 19th century, women often draped extra fabric around their waists, resembling what we now know as the peplum skirt. In 1947, Christian Dior designed the Tailleur Bar, consisting of a blazer with a dramatic skirted waist. The design complemented a woman’s natural hourglass shape and became an instant success. But it wasn’t until centuries later that the ladylike silhouette really took off. There were many variations of peplum from long to short, even and uneven. Its popularity lasted through the 1950s, especially in Paris during the war, and became increasingly popular in the U.S. among housewives, according to Vogue-World.


Peplum reappeared on the fashion scene in the 1980s. A time when highlighting certain parts of the female figure was all the rage. In spring 2011, Peplum really gave it a comeback. It’s was all over the market, H&M has increased its selection of peplum tops, and Bergdorf Goodman featured a peplum dress on its spring collection magazine cover. More recently, Prabal Gurung and Peter Pilotto have featured bold peplum looks in their collections.


Now the trend is having a new beginning and is more flexible than ever. Peplums can range from a loose feminine ruffle to a sharp architectural line and can be seen on runways and red carpets all over the world.

See where today’s inspirations come from out of this fashion era.


Fact: The peplum style began long ago. It actually originated in Ancient Greece. It was originally worn by both men and women.

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