I just love peplum tops and dresses! They are instantly slimming and refined. Today I have on double trouble peplum! I have a peplum jacket paired with a striped peplum top underneath. You would think this would be peppy overkill but it really just gave me a little more flounce, which is just fine.
Did you know that the term peplum is derived from the Greek word peplos meaning tunic or shawl? It is described as a short overskirt that is usually attached to a fitted jacket, blouse or dress. Essentially this makes your waist appear smaller and your hips fuller.
The peplum look was popular in the 1940’s and again in the 1980’s. It is now considered a vintage look although I feel it can look quite modern depending on the fabric and the cut of the skirt.
I find that peplum tops are very versatile. I can wear them with pencil skirts or full skirts as well as slacks or jeans. Adding a belt to a peplum top can change the entire look of the outfit! Also, as I’ve done today, don’t be afraid to layer your peplum top or dress with a peplum jacket!
As a tip, should you find yourself overeating at lunch or dinner during this bountiful Holiday season, the extra ruffle of the peplum skirt can hide a multitude of indiscretions – both past and present!