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Tuesday, March 6th 2012

How to Wear a Peplum

As a woman with hips, I can’t say I was thrilled to see that the peplum trend not only survived the winter, but returned with a vengeance (horizontal stripes!) this spring. But, after seeing the mid-waist ruffle rocked on the runway, red carpet, and even on a few uber-stylish Shopbop employees, I am ready to surrender to the power of the peplum.

The peplum is feared because it appears to add bulk to the least desirable places. In reality, it is a waist-defining magician that draws the eye to all the right places. The key to wearing one is proportion. The ruffle adds volume, so a sleek silhouette, like the Victoria Alice + Olivia dress, balances out the look. A monochromatic look is the easiest to wear. For a pop of color, add a bold, thin belt worn directly above the ruffle. My final advice? Scoop up a few Marc by Marc Jacobs dresses in this stylish trend, because the peplum is clearly here to stay. 

--Libby S.

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