Blake Lively in Chanel, via InStyle
Welcome to the beginning of the spring trends – yes, already! Winter is being cleared from the racks at your local boutiques as we speak, and making way for the clothes of spring and summer. You may think its a bit too early to start thinking about what you’re going to be wearing this spring and summer – what trends you’ll try and which looks you’re going to experiment with, but its not! Especially with all the gray gloom of winter – its time to look towards brighter (and sunnier) days.
One of the biggest trends coming down the Spring and Summer 2012 runways was peplum. I know what you are thinking – what the heck is peplum?! And truth be told, I didn’t know what it was either at first. I knew the style and the cut – I just didn’t know that it was called peplum. Peplum is like a short little over-skirt almost, that is often attached to skirts, dresses and jackets and blouses. I love it for its old-fashioned feeling – like something you would have seen on a smart little skirt suit in the 1940’s. It’s demure, ladylike and such a fun detail that adds a little something extra – something architectural, sculptural and a little fashion forward, too.
It may seem to be a little bit of a daunting trend to try, but I think it is totally do-able – especially if you keep the rest of the outfit simple and understated – let the peplum – if its a particularly large overskirt especially – do all the talking. This isn’t a style that only the skinny girls can wear – properly fit, it looks good on anyone – and personally, I think the curves and ruffles are especially flattering on an hour-glass figure.
Make sure the rest of the dress, skirt or blazer is fit to perfection – sleek and snug – this is one trend that you want to make sure is perfectly tailored. Tailoring will balance out the bulk of the peplum ruffle. Lastly, try wearing this look with a pair of heels to elongate your frame so the peplum skirt doesn’t overwhelm you. Not to mention, heels will make this look all the more ladylike and chic.
Theses are the peplum looks I want to add to my closet…
What do you think? Are you willing to give this ruffly trend a try?