So what exactly is peplum? It's simply a short flared, gathered, or pleated strip of fabric attached at the waist of a woman's jacket, dress, or blouse. You should educate yourself as much as possible as soon as possible because peplum is a major trend that is here to stay. It showed up all over fall runways during last winter's New York Fashion Week and once again it was everywhere just a couple of weeks ago on spring runway's at New York Fashion Week. I just got home from a Boston Fashion Week runway show, and guess what I saw... Peplum! I wore a peplum blouse, too. How about that? See, it really is everywhere. Take a look around -- window displays, street style, magazine, celebrity photos -- you'll notice peplum is popping up left and right.
Now that you know what to grab off the racks, let me tell you how to wear it. Peplum comes on the trim of blouses, the middle of dresses and the top of skirts. All it is is a little flare, it's very structured. I love to wear a peplum blouse with skinny jeans and flats, even heels, too. It's a simple look but it's also very chic because you're sporting a trend. Dresses with peplum are usually simple, with that one flare being the entire focus point. I love this look! I've yet to get myself a peplum dress, I really should get on that, but I've admired it on many others. Lastly, on a skirt, the peplum is at the top and flares out. Skirts with peplum are usually tight skirts, much like pencil skirts so it's all simple and basic with that one flare. Poof, just like that something simple is structured and ultra chic. So there you have it! Wear a blouse with jeans or khakis, a dress or even go for a skirt! Use your common sense to dress it up or down how you like it, and don't forget, have a great time!