Trend Report: How To Pull Off Peplum

Trend Report: How To Pull Off Peplum

Kate Jansen


’Tis the season of Homecoming, Halloween and other festivities. If you fear that you’ve tired your old bodycons and bustiers from last season or your nighttime wardrobe no longer does you justice, then hopefully this column will give you some guidance. In the spirit of going out, I give you the latest not-so-frightening fall trend: the peplum blouse.

Peplum blouses are form-fitting like a corset top, but with added flare. They are definitely a go-to for hiding those post-Halloween pounds that you may or may not have packed on. While doing my research on online stores such as Nasty Gal, Free People and Urban Outfitters, I have come to the conclusion that a solid-colored peplum tank or blouse would be a great investment. A black peplum tank, for example, looks chic with dark-wash or printed skinny jeans. Accessorize with flats or knee-high boots and drop earrings and you’re ready to go out.

Peplum dresses and skirts have also caught my attention. They are excellent wardrobe staples because they are formal and flirty. Urban Outfitters offers a variety of peplum dresses in print, lace and jersey material (I currently have my eye on a black lace Pins and Needles number). On the other hand, peplum skirts (see Nasty Gal for a great selection) can be paired with crop or corset tops or, if you’re attending a more formal event, a tucked-in chiffon blouse. On cool fall evenings, peplum dresses and skirts can be paired with neutral tights or leggings and ankle or knee boots.

The next time you’re looking to breach the fashion status quo or are looking for a wardrobe update, don’t let this fall’s peplum trend spook you.

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