Peplum Power: slimming, tummy hiding, pretty and right on trend

By Jane | October 30 2012 | 19 Comments

Holy hell batman, all the peplums out there  are giving me flashbacks to the ’80s! In the late forties and fifties, Christian Dior added flounces to the waistline of jackets and this season and for the last couple of seasons every brand has revived the look.  If you see a dog walking down the street sporting a particularly stylish ruffle don’t be surprised – peplums are EVERYWHERE.

And you know what?  I’m delira.  I think it’s great to finally see the return of the waist, after so many seasons of loose fitting, baggy silhouettes!


Peplum tops cinch in the waist, they’re great for camouflaging tummies and they add a fun and feminine twist to your standard blouse.  They can come in for a bit of criticism because some say they are unflattering and add bulk. This isn’t true – take it from me.   Peplums define the waist and highlight curves.

Are you a top peplum or a bottom peplum shape?
Regardless of your shape, I think this is a trend most women can pull off. Just be conscious of your shape and wear what works for you, because you’ll find you are either a top peplum or a bottom peplum shape. If you already have broad hips, sometimes the extra fabric can make you look broader than you actually are. However, if you’ve a boyish figure both top and bottom peplums will work for you.


Peplums can give shape to those of us who need a little help in some areas and coverage to those spots that we may be sensitive about. Like the dreaded tummy,  Which, lets face it, needs all the help it can get after a few sausage rolls too many.

Peplums on shirts and jackets are great for those who need to define a waist or hide a belly – have a look at these picks.


Junk in the trunk?
You can also find that some dress and skirt styles can give curves to those lacking in the rear and yet can hide those areas for those who have too much junk in the trunk.

And if you’re just dipping your toe in the waters of peplum exploration  try a peplum belt like this one from Zara above.

I think they give everyone a feminine, sexy shape, regardless of body type. God knows they can even make Victoria Beckham look curvy!

What do you think? Is this a trend you have taken to?

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19 Replies to "Peplum Power: slimming, tummy hiding, pretty and right on trend"

  • Marge says:

    If you have Titanic proportioned hips like myself, peplums can’t do a damn thing to help you, unfortunately. I don’t think they are flattering to pear shapes? Some pretty pieces in there though.

  • Cleopatra says:

    Tried on the dunnes dress… bad bad bad… not good if you have hips…

  • littlesis says:

    I’m usually a trend follower but this is just doesn’t do it for me. I’ve seen so many people wearing peplum that makes them look a lot larger than they are.

  • Rebelette says:

    I LOVEEEEEE peplum!

    “Are you a top peplum or a bottom peplum shape?” Perhaps I’m missing something but where is this answered?

    What’s a top peplum or a bottom peplum?!!

  • EvieM says:

    Was wondering the same myself rebellette

  • Sarahbelle says:

    Couldn’t agree more with everyone, this look does seem to suit everyone but us pear shapes. I have a small 27 inch waist but massive 42 inch hips and the peplum makes me look like I have 60 inch hips! Such a pity because I love the look!

  • Reidy says:

    Worst shape ever for those of us with Hips/Bum or even slight tum! Eugh only fit for those with a boyish/waif figure will give the illusion of curves.

  • ZsaZsa says:

    I think these look lovely – but I do agree with the previous comments that they don’t suit all figures!

  • OtherMary says:

    Peplums do not suit pear shapes, normally. They do suit hourglasses but pears don’t have the rack to balance the extra bulk that a peplum will create. I suppose that this can be mitigated with anything that widens shoulders or adds material in the chest area, like jackets, layers.

  • ~Thalia~ says:

    The only thing I hate more than these are fishtail dresses :)

  • shopad says:

    I gave in and tried on peplum tops and dresses in a particular shop last week…nearly wet myself laughing at my reflection in the mirror…hideous was the result. Definitely didnt suit curves, and I do have ‘the rack’ to balance it and it still made my already significant hips and my middle in general look huge! Maybe I’d have better luck with a brand that normally fits my shape, this shop doesn’t usually.

  • *Aisling* says:

    I’m so often tempted by peplums= anything that covers my tummy gets a thumbs up!

  • EvieM says:

    Me too Aisling. I haven’t had the guts (pun intended) to try one on yet, but the red 40s style peplum tea dress in A Wear is calling to me….plus it’s on sale >;D

  • sevda says:

    I agree they give a poker straight person shape but otherwise I don’t really like this trend.

    I can live with two small flaps which look more like a pocket cover but otherwise it’s a no for me.

  • Sabrina says:

    Bottom peplum suits me and hides my not so flat tummy, the top peplum makes me look a size bigger. Zara have the right idea with the belt, vaay clever..

  • witchgirl26 says:

    I’ve tried a few different peplums but only a small proportion seemed to suit. Tried on lovely ones in A Wear but they hit at exactly the wrong point of my waist & made me look about 6 months pregnant! Not a look I generally go for. That said I think they can suit a lot of shapes if you find the right one….but that one is elusive!

  • Dee says:

    Hideous on me. I am classic hourglass they all made my boobs look like a giant shelf, then the waist was too big so made me look huuuuuuge. I am size 12. Dont normally think of myself as huge

  • Jane says:

    Hey girls
    Top peplum means a top or a jacket with a peplum and bottom peplum means a skirt or trousers with one.
    Sorry if that was not clear!

  • edel says:

    I have huge hips and a lot of junk in the trunk. Wouldn’t dream of drawing more attention to them with a peplum, wish I could pull it off but sadly no :(

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