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8
Mar

The Peplum is back

FASHION trends are funny. What some may feel are the “hottest new trends”, the majority may feel were simply brought back from past years.

This definitely applies to the peplum, which has returned to runways and our closets. Peplum skirts, dresses and tops originated back in the 1800s, receiving high praise for the instant hourglass figure they created because of the stylish overskirt. Ever since then this look has been seen time and time again.

Peplums are back for 2012. This time they’re rocking the runway and winning the hearts of fashion enthusiasts. There are indeed a lot of changes in the fashion industry such as what a woman’s perfect body shape should be – from skinny to curvaceous. And that said, peplums have come back to help women create an illusion of a voluptuous body shape.

The peplum dress has been flirting with the world of fashion forever, and when I say forever, I mean just that.

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Later in the ’40s, a new structured peplum dress fit for the sophisticated soirees of the time became fashionable and was updated again with neon notes and retro detailing in the ’80s. And there on the dazzling dance floor and Madonna’s album covers is where our beloved peplum stayed... until now.

Today the peplum is back with a vengeance and is a favourite with fashionistas and celebrities alike.

Recently, the likes of Diane Kruger, Rihanna and Lily Allen have been seen sporting the trend and at this year’s Oscars the peplum was the piece of the night with stars such as Michelle Williams and Tina Fey sporting some seriously stylish frills around their middles.

And let’s not let Angelina’s leg hog all of the limelight – her black peplum dress at this year’s glittering event was pretty impressive too!

Advantages of peplums:

Firstly, you will obviously look smashingly fashionable. But you will also appear bold and brave by being able to embrace the exaggerated curve that they make of your body. Secondly, you can finally add some volume to your body and be a part of the trending body shape which is voluptuous. Peplums can now help skinny women achieve their dream body shape in an instant.

If you’re convinced that the peplum is your party-perfect piece, check out my tips for every shape and size:

If you’re an hourglass or a little bottom-heavy, give a nod to spring’s new colour palettes in bold, bright colours. Use figure-flattering side frills that will streamline your shape. Team with black heels, delicate accessories and a slick of lipstick to complete your look.

For those with a fuller figure, try the peplum grid block dress from Lipsy, which holds and hugs in all the right places, while the clever grid pattern creates a feminine silhouette, drawing the eye to the waist.

Athletic types should try the black peplum dress from Debenhams. With your small frame, you can get away with shift styles and the thin belt will accentuate your little waist. This black dress is a great day-to-night frock so team with black shoes and an up-do for a sexy classic work look



Read More http://www.walesonline.co.uk/showbiz-and-lifestyle/columnists/2012/03/08/the-peplum-is-back-says-wenda-james-rowe-91466-30484538/#ixzz1rF8etVQk


 
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