I am going to go ahead and confess, there was a time in my life that I thought peplum was a type of fabric. Sounds like it, right? I had to look it up. Peplum actually comes from the Greek word for tunic, and in today's fashion refers to a short "overskirt" attached to a jacket, blouse or dress. Basically, it accentuates your hips.
Many of us are very sensitive about our hips and how they look in clothes. So, the idea of a peplum could be a nightmare. However, this trend that really entered fashion in the 1940s has reappeared and has done so beautifully. If it fits right, it can be really flattering on most women. It has been seen on the runway for this Spring and recently for Fall 2012 lines as well. I think the peplum will be sticking around so it might be worth finding one that is right for you.
The trend is extremely ladylike. Back on Oscar night, I tweeted about loving the peplum when I saw it on Tina Fey. On the red carpet she wore a Carolina Herrera gown with a peplum detail. She told Tim Gunn, "at first I feared the peplum, but now I love the peplum." I do, too. The point of it is to make the waist look smaller. It looks fantastic over skinny pants, which are also very popular right now and look great on. The only time it really does not work is if you have a short waist. If you do not have a lot of space between your bustline and your waist, peplum just makes that look shorter. Otherwise, you should try it. I am going to. With my extra long torso, I have trouble fitting into certain things. This is one fashion trend that may work for me!