One flower
on the cliffside
nodding at the canyon.

-Jack Kerouac

Monday, August 26, 2013

i'm a plum, wearing peplum

I am madly in love with peplum tops. They are extremely figure-flattering. They are structured, so they can disguise any tummy insecurities. They direct the eyes up and down. And they are feminine - enhancing any and all curves that you have. One of my favorite, confidence-enhancing, go-to outfits is a simple peplum top, a pair of shorts or skinny jeans, and some wedges. I think I will try a business-like peplum dress one day, with the peplum all the way around like below. I'm not a fan of peplum only on the sides - they remind me of big, droopy pockets.
 Peplum [noun]: a flared ruffle which is attached to the waist or hips, etc. of a clothing garment.  This word is derived from the Greek word peplos, which means 'shawl.'

These were very popular in the 1940's and in the 80's. I am SO happy that they came back in style! Aren't they beautiful? They almost remind me of Disney-esque ballgowns, except on a top. I had never even heard of peplum until it hit the runways and streets last spring, and at first at I was slightly horrified. But I have come to adore it.
Why was I horrified at first? Because. Because of this:
(Oh dear.)
But they really can be classy and beautiful. And so feminine, ahhh!
(Topshop, Thakoon)
I am drooling over that ivory Thakoon top. It's like an elegant wedding dress, yet it's casual enough to wear anytime you feel like it.

(Forever 21 striped peplum top, American Eagle shorts, Forever 21 bracelet and antler ring, H&M ankle boots)
Photographs by Holly Lis.
PS. I do have one more peplum top, my favorite one that I have yet to find! I want to get it up here asap.
How do you feel about peplum? Are you happy that this trend came back?

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