The Peplum was a key shape on the SS2012 runways. Flaring out from jackets, tops and skirts, peplums are brilliant for creating the illusion of a narrower waist.
Styling tip: Keep the silhouette narrower everywhere else to ensure that the hourglass silhouette does not get hidden.
The peplum is brilliant for rectangle and inverted triangle body shapes (i.e. straight up and down, athletic shapes), because it makes the waist look narrower and gives the illusion of more curves. The peplum can also work on a pear shape (larger hips than shoulders) as long as they choose styles that flare out from the waist (see picture above), rather than the hips. A light coloured peplum top with a dark trouser or skirt would work well for a pear to highlight their slimmer top half and minimise the lower portion. The peplum will also work well for the hourglass as it will emphasise their curvy silhouette. Apple body shapes need to beware as a peplum will just add bulk to their middle which is something that they should try to avoid.
Peplums on the Runways
Vera Wang SS12
Jason Wu SS12
Rick Owens SS12
Sally LaPointe SS12