Focus on: Peplum

When it comes to buying clothes, shape is just as important as style. The peplum shape, which first made an appearance in the 1940’s and reappeared in the 80’s and early 2000’s, has made a resounding comeback on the 2012 runways. With all things 40’s and Mad Men still hot, this is a trend that will stick around.

The peplum shape is perfect for creating a nipped in waist, accentuating your curves and pulling off the ladylike look which is so popular at the moment. Also if you worry that you’ve not got enough curves, the peplum shape creates the illusion of curves. It’s also essential if you’re feeling a bit self-conscious and want to hide your tummy.

( Left to right: Givenchy, Jason Wu and Celine)


Designers like Givenchy, Jason Wu and Celine are bringing this style back with a vengeance. The best thing about the Peplum look is that it can work for all types of occasions. For example wearing a peplum jacket with a pencil skirt is a chic alternative to the everyday working suit. Givenchy’s suit is sexy but still sophisticated and is a great way to spice up your office look.

For a more casual approach we recommend a peplum skirt with a chiffon blouse. It’s a great alternative to a traditional look. Heels are the perfect finishing touch to this office ladylike look. When off-duty, a peplum top with jeans and pumps makes a sleek laid back look. Feminine detailing like the bow belt on Jason Wu’s dress is perfect and will create texture for the outfit; the plunging neckline also makes it a sexy show shopper.

(Left to Right: Jason Wu and Giorgio Armani)

With all the peplum shapes flying around the catwalk, our favourite item has got to be Jason Wu’s peplum tops and shorts and the Giorgio Armani suit. The look is simple and elegant and creates curves in all the right places. Plus it works well with either pumps or heels so is a great all round outfit. 



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